August 25th, 2009
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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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  1. 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.


    August 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. shmeckel

    You would think they would have some sort of bill to promote before they spent all that money promoting it.

    Well, we don’t have one now and we still have almost half the country wanting to spend a trillion dollars for it.

    August 25, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    "Health care is a right, not a privilege," so sayeth the protester. With every right comes an obligation. What obligation are these folks willing to take on?

    Don't tell the President, but if health care is a right, so is food, shelter, and clothing. Nothing another $10 or $20 trillion can't fix, I'm sure.

    August 25, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Dan Holiday

    I am sure these losers will have time for their events...seeing as how they are lazy, welfare leeches. Of course they want free health care. They want free everything. Free, free, free...that is their motto. If you have something, I want it to, but free. I am entitled to everything you have, but I don't want to work for it or earn it. What a bunch of pathetic, uninformed, moochers. I cannot wait until 2010. The GOP will come crashing like a wave into Washington...riding high on a landslide election of their party. Hopefully it won't be too late to clean up the mess these tax and spend liberal democrats have created. What do you expect though? When you elect a bunch of immature children to do the job of adults, the results will be disastrous. Let the GOP (read: adults) come back and fix their mess. Then in 2012, they can fix the mess of that little "boy" Obama. He wants so badly to be a remembered for the things he does...guess what panda boy? You will

    August 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Wanda

    I hope they all hold signs saying "Obama is not a quitter" -
    he WILL get this done!

    August 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    They've basically just changed the title of the usuall racial grievance, welfare information sessions and local union meetings to something related to health care "reform." I love how the picture says that health care is a RIGHT. I've read the constitution, the Bill of Rights and all of the ammendments and government issued health care isn't spelled out as a right in any of them sweetheart.

    August 25, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Post always rejected by CNN

    Maybe you should be able to get in by invitatation only. After all for the bush administration that was a must. If you didn't support bush, cheney and the crooked republicans you didn't get in to a meeting.

    At least at the Health Care meetings it would be real Americans those interested in asking questions and getting the truth and not have to listen to the thugs hired by health care companies thru the republicans such as McConnell, Grassley and Liberman.

    August 25, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Keep your boots on and your banners high

    Conservatives should show up in masses to these so called PRO HEALTH CARE rallies. It could be dangerous out there, because
    we are being stereo-typed as radical lunatics. We are crazy all right.

    Crazy Mad and Proud to be an American. That's us!

    We want to Reform Health Care, and 'really'cover the un-insured,
    and reduce costs first.

    We have so many good ideas. President Obama is forcing the debate (which is one good thing). Unfortunately one good thing can't erase six months of trampling on the future of America. But we can put
    our shoulders to the tasks, our boots on the ground, and let our
    banners wave. America the Beautiful.. let freedom ring!!

    August 25, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Peoples Voice

    Swamp the shouters and idiots. Show them they are not the only ones who know how to hit the streets with masses of real Americans.

    We will have a public option whether you like it or not.

    August 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. strong

    What a mess.

    Of course, nothing will change (for the better).

    August 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Matthew 25:36

    Compassionate health-care reforms are a moral consideration and need to pass with a public option, which is supported by the majority of Americans.

    Reforms Now
    God bless the USA!

    August 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Erma Leslie

    Tell the demonstrators to carry signs telling Reps and "Blue Dog" Dems to stop acceping millions in campaign contributions to stop health care reform from private insurance lobbiests They were elected to serve "the people" , not themselves!

    August 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Gary

    The Democrats are not listening to the people. We want:

    1. Serious malpractice reform
    2. Law against excluding preconditions
    3. Train more doctors/nurses/physical therapists
    4. Comprehensive illegal immigration reform (big issue for hospitals)
    5. Better preventative measures
    6. No public option
    7. No healthcare rationing (especially pressuring elderly!)
    8. No new taxes
    9. Stop giving free stuff (food, housing, healthcare) to lazy people who refuse to work.

    August 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Cathy

    Universal Health Care needs to be passed NOW!! I'm sick of the rip off by insurance companies and drug companies. We should be ashamed to be so backward in our health care standards!!

    August 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Gerald

    Is this Acorn in action ? You becha looks and smells like it, the change you voted for, socialism

    August 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Ike Crase

    Please bring one of these positive demonstrations to my neck of the woods. I'll participate. Let us show the country how we feel out here in the heartland.

    August 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Bout time!

    Fantastic! we need to put these fear mongoring hateful republicans and their watchful insurance companies in their place! I support our President 100% and healthcare reform!

    August 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. God Help Us

    Say "NO" to government health-care!

    August 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Wonder man

    No more's unconstitutional............go to other countries that don't have a constitution and get government nannying

    August 25, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. MO

    Better hope you haven't lost too many Kool-aid drinkers or your crowds could be miniscule.

    August 25, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The president campaigned and won on the healthcare reform platform. He obtained the majority of the votes, ergo, he is following through on his campaign promise. Medicare is a government run program that costs money to provide; why would anyone think that healthcare reform would come gratis? He's keeping his campaign promise. Period. And I stand by my vote, as do millions upon millions of us.

    Obama 2012.

    August 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Jon

    and people seem to think that opponents of health care reform are the "astroturf?"

    August 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. What will the MSM do?

    Wil these ACORN members, union members and general layabouts who will be getting paid "cash money" to do this, be called MOBS by the MSM or will the Obama loving sheep just call them grassroots heroes?

    "For the first time in my adult life.......................".

    August 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Fed Up

    Will they all be fund-raisers?

    August 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Jim, Williamsburg, VA

    Waste of time. The American people have woken up and don't want the rewckless spending in HR3200 or a public option of any type. Limit reform to eliminating pre-condions as a ban to insurance and allow competition across state lines and you can get consesus.

    August 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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