August 25th, 2009
10:18 AM ET
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Democrats planning 1,000 health care reform events

A Democratic official says the national party will hold more than 1,000 events over the next two weeks.
A Democratic official says the national party will hold more than 1,000 events over the next two weeks.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Democratic official says the national party will hold more than 1,000 events over the next two weeks in its latest attempt to pressure Congress to embrace President Obama's call for health care reform.

Organizing for America, Obama's campaign operation now housed at the Democratic National Committee, is coordinating the "Health Insurance Reform Now: Let's Get it Done" events that are scheduled to kick off on Wednesday. Health Care for America Now, an umbrella organization of unions and other progressive groups, will be involved in helping to get people out to the events.

"We intend to demonstrate in the last two weeks of recess where the majority of American sentiment is on this issue – in favor of health insurance reform," said Brad Woodhouse, a DNC spokesman. Woodhouse predicted that "hundreds and in some cases thousands of local people" will attend and participate in the events.

Senators and congressmen have spent the month of August back home in their states and districts, holding town hall forums and meeting with constituents on the issue of health care reform.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    That's right, Liberals. Do this on your own. Get it done. Be willing to pay the price in 2010 and 2012. Ram it down our throats like everything else.

    August 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. ETM

    Finally! Now we can have intelligent, informative discussions of the issue instead of the town halls where the wing nuts have behaved like pit bulls in the last stages of rabies!

    August 25, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Colorado

    It isnt going to help.

    LISTEN to what the MAJORITY of people are saying!

    We do NOT want this health care bill, and we will ALL REMEMBER in 2010!

    August 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. rr

    Let's add another sacred entitlement that darest never get reformed or reigned in because social security, medicare, and medicaid aren't bankrupting us fast enough!

    August 25, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. mark

    The majority is scared of a de facto government takeover of healthcare. Look at the other sucesses the government has had in private enterprise, i.e. amtrak and the us post office...scary.

    August 25, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Rick

    Is it not funny that the left needs to contrive their protests vs. the true public response of our citizens who have a genuine concern?

    August 25, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Bill

    Golly, will there be popcorn and cotton candy?

    August 25, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. T22

    Maybe it's time to stop campaigning and start governing.

    August 25, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Wake Up

    Are these "Dem Mobs". So, average people going to town hall meetings are called Mobs, and astroturf by scumbag leftists...and then they do worse and actually organize a fake response. When will America wake up to this tyranical president?

    August 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. NJ

    I'm sure FOX "News" will promote these events the same way they did the tea parties..............won't they?.........

    August 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I hope that they are all civil and respectful. If the Democrats want to show something off, let them show that they are more respectful than the Republicans who have shouted, jeered and interupted people who were speaking. We as Americans can be better than that.

    Personally, I think that there does need to be a public option that is limited to those that have been denied because of prexisting conditions and those that have insurance that is just to expensive to use.

    August 25, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Randolph Carter, chairman of the death panel

    It won't make a bit of difference. Most of congress, dems and reptiles alike, have been bought off by the lobbyists. The final bill will be an expensive giveaway to the insurance companies and will contain no real reform. Prove me wrong, congress. Have a nice day!

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Good! We must educate the American public. We must combat the LIES and FEAR-mongering being done by the GOP and the healthcare industry.

    Last week on the Keith Olbermann show he showed a copy of a memo that United Healthcare sent to their employees asking them to attend town hall meetings about healthcare ..... and DISRUPT them!

    The healthcare industry is acting just like the Tobacco industry in the 50's, 60's & 70's when physicians were trying to tell Americans that smoking caused cancer! The Tobacco lobby did all it could to keep that information secret, and millions died.

    Once again, America is faced with big-money-powerful Corporations that are doing all they can to derail healthcare reform!

    WAKE UP AMERICA, DO NOT FALL FOR THE LIES!

    August 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Barry NiFong, Hawaii

    ACORN and SEIU will be there in force to intimidate the regular Americans who have jobs and care about the country. The regular Americans don't ask for handouts. Who is going to repay the $9 trillion dollar debt?

    August 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Tom, NC

    See, if people REALLY wanted health care reform, the Democrats wouldn't have to resort to paid party hacks. People would be out there on their own, protesting.... but wait.... sorry.... all the people that HAVE been doing that.... must be...... brownshirts.

    August 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Mike in LR

    I can't find anyone against health care reform. It's the current proposals that are of concern to the majority of people. To imply the majority is against health care reform generally is a PR tactic and disingenious. Likewise no one can claim the majority is for the public option. That would be a lie.

    Two senators, a liberal democrat and a conservative republican, have devised a simple plan that would allow for coverage for everyone. What do you want to bet it never sees the light of day.

    August 25, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. A.B.

    There is alot at stake for everyone on healthcare reform. We cannot afford to pass up the opportunity to pass health reform legislation. We must do it with or without bipartisian support. I plan to participate in the upcoming events to promote healthcare reform.

    August 25, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Bill

    Only the people that are lazy and don't want to work want the free health care! Why should I support more people when I have enough trouble supporting my own family? This is America people! Work for your dreams! Besides, now they are saying the deficit will reach $9 trillion – if we add on free health care it will destroy the US as we know it and we will become just another 3rd world country. Is that what you want?

    August 25, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. MarkR

    OK Dems, here is the plan if you want to succeed:
    1. Write and send out a 1000 word or less description of what you plan is, written at a 12th grade level of understanding.
    2. Put that description into every one of your congressional bills so that legally it is binding.
    3. Make the "Public Option" a mirror of the federal employee plan that congress uses.
    4. Set a realistic goal of having the plan ready for votes in early 2010.
    5. Keep having the public discussions, they work in every imaginable way.
    6. DO NOT give up. This is going to be painful, but then the Civil Rights Act was pretty painful, and if you look at the White House you can see what good that did to the country.

    August 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    I sure hope they can keep all the republicans away from these events. They will again stop their feet and start shouting. And will also bring guns along to the events.

    August 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. JJ in NY

    WHAT??!!

    The Dems organizing a protest to support Health Care reform !!??

    How hypocritical of the Dems to do exactly what they accuse the Republicans of doing . I guess these democratic astroturfers have no shame .

    August 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. JV

    When will the dems finally see that the majority of Americans don't want this plan? Till they are voted out of office?

    August 25, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Malia

    Give it up liberals! Those of you who want FREE healthcare should get a job, period!!!

    August 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. inofritzn

    is the media going to label them as militia???

    August 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Chuck

    Now is the time for all good and righteous Americans to come to the aid of their countrymen and countrywomen and children and help enact Health Care Reform into law, whch is long overdue.

    The last eight years of Republican rule has seen our private health insurance premiums more that double, which caused millions of our citizens to abandon coverage or risk bankruptcy and thus, become part of the everyday increasing toll of the uninsureds.

    WHERE WERE THE REPUBLICANS AND THEIR "HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM PLANS" DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS?

    August 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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