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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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    Right on. It's about time we have a sensible dialogue about a necessary reform. Over 76% of Americans want reform and PUBLIC OPTION.

    August 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. jon

    Ask a liberal how they are going to pay for HealthCare. Ask them how we're going to pay our $13 TRILLION deficit that BOTH parties have now racked up. Ask them how they're going to pay to keep Medicare and Social Security from going bankrupt? Other than a generic "make the rich pay", they have no idea. We don't have enough "rich" people in this country to pay off all these debts. Call me all the names you want, but that's why I went to the town hall meetings and I'll go to the next tea parties as well. Both political parties are part of this out-of-control spending and it's got to stop or we won't be a united nation much longer!!!

    August 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Freedom

    Look out here comes the socialist. Goverment panels to convince grandmom not to be a burnden on her family. The same people who say adding 50 million people to the system is not going to create shortages. Same people who say I can keep my insurance, but full knowing that isn't true. ALL THESE FACTS. I don't care to be a part of the dem oh sorry I don't care to be part of the new national socialist party.

    August 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. ETM

    Healthcare is indeed a human right and should be recognized as such. Some of you seem to think that every person not able to afford quality medical coverage is a welfare case or lazy bum. Does this include all the children who lack insurance? Those who work hard but just get by and cannot afford adequate coverage? The mentally ill?
    What an attitude about your fellow Americans to believe that if they are poor or unable to afford necessities, it is because they are morally bankrupt. On the contrary, those of you who h old such views are the ones who are morally bankrupt and politically destructive.

    August 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Expat American

    Like the sign says. Healthcare should be a Right and not a Privilege. Sadly, this 'terrible' way of thinking is drowned out by the Right's knee jerk ignorant cries of 'Socialism'.

    What happens when a Decent, White, Republican, Christian, Patriotic or 'Real American' loses their job, their employer-provided healthcare and has to file for bankruptcy?

    Don't turn to the GOP. You're poor now. Even if you're a 'Country First' White who decries all brown people as terrorists, you don't matter to the GOP anymore. You're poor.

    August 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Hall for Obama

    I work every day of my life and I want health care reform. I am taking care of people who are on Social Security and MediCare/ medicaid. Every one who need Medical Care are not sorry ass some have worked all their life and had no choice when their job lay them off, now they don't have a job or health care. I hope you no what it feel like to see your child needing a Dr. but you can affor one.

    August 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. BettyO

    In going through the articles it appears you can only comment on Obama supportive articles. Those that question the administration do not have the option to comment. CNN shows its bias.

    August 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Dennis

    Just wondering some things about healthcare reform:
    1-How many people are of the mistaken idea that health care will be free?
    2- How do you mahdate that people buy ocverage? Won't many of the people this is supposed to help refuse to buy coverage?
    3-How can the federally government which cannot effectually run a postal system, run something significantly larger?
    4-There is a shortage of primary care providers now. How are we going to get all the necessary providers ?

    August 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Shibumi

    The Democraps will have to lease a lot of buses to haul the oversized rear ends of the ACORN and union thugs to make it to 1000 events. Wouldn't this be considered a staged event?
    BRING ON 2010. The Death of the Democraps!

    August 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. jay

    WOW. Last week liberals were dirinding these "planned" demonstrations as forced. Now, shocker, the communty agitator, er President is hyper-organizing rallies. Hypocrocy at its finest. Keep up the good work. What if don't want health insurance?

    August 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Ronald Clowney

    The MAJORITY of the people have risen up against the status-quo and saying, "No More"! Barack Obama is demonstrating great leadership for the MAJORITY of the people. More people in this last election voted for CHANGE. Therefore, the fringe conservative republicans should be holding hands, praying, and singing "We Shall Overcome". Otherwise, they have no chance whatsoever in defeating the movement of CHANGE in America! The right-wingers have been wrong in their principles and will stand in defeat just as the Confederate States did which some are still angry about over 200 years later.

    August 25, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Steph

    I'd like to say that I'm surprised by the angry statements about health care reform here, but I'm not. The same people have been spreading lies (no one is talking about "free health care" or "death panels" or "a government take-over") for months now.

    We need reform. Working families don't have coverage or not enough coverage. Everyone I know is petrified of getting sick and having to pay the high out of pocket costs just to get dropped when you need the health insurance most. My friends who have been laid off are trying to decide if they pay their COBRA or mortgage. I would love to start a small business, but I cover my family with health insurance through my employer (and I pay a pretty penny for that).

    We need an honest discussion about how to create a fair system where everyone who works hard, pays a reasonable amount and follows the rules gets health insurance they can actually depend on!

    August 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Meek

    Try to figure out what you are selling first. Maybe the Statist in charge can have a consistent message.

    August 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. katiec

    Any and every way people can support, give the facts about health care reform are welcome.
    The lies, distortions, swiftboating, fear mongering, dishonorable behavior by the republicans and big business has to be exposed
    and stopped. Those out to destroy health care, our president, our
    country and us cannot be allowed any credibility with their unethical methods.
    The time has come. Big business can no loger be allowed to run,
    control our country and make crucial decisions on our welfare.
    The republicans and big business are Siamese twins. They will
    sell the American people down the river for their greed and power.

    August 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Judi

    So, how much are they paying for them to show up?

    August 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. MC Ice in da house

    Screw the Republicans and those idiots that don't want any reform to Healthcare. Pass the healthcare bill. Those angry mobs at the town hall meetings are also teabaggers. They aren't protesting the real issue of healthcare. They are protesting the changes in this country that are much needed, which shows them as unpatriotic and lack common sense about what healthcare is. Yes, scare tactics are being used which is being orchestrated and drummed up by Republicans, and media outlets such as FOX, Sean Hannity, Beck, and that butterball Dick Morris who pays people to buy his book so he can say his book is a top seller.

    August 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    Health care reform would be way cool. Unfortunately, what is working its way through congress is a bunch of snake-oil pitchmen trying to rob you – again.

    August 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. ex illinois man, now a pennsylvanian

    c'mon, reaganomics hasn't worked-it put us in this recession-lets try liberalism now and stand by the president in using the government as a solution instead of following the bush model in deregulation and small government

    August 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. nurse

    Yes I has some of the adds for paid protesters , funny how those opposed to Obamas plan don;t have to be paid but the union thugs and libs must

    August 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. aneanderthal

    ACORN and the unions are going to use all that money that Hussein gave them to force this down the throats of the american people. Still no sign of tort reform in the legislation. Why not? Why not? Why not?
    Would it be bad to cut the lawyers fees? Especially the extra ones they give to democratic candidates?

    August 25, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Chris - Denver

    Good it's about time the silent majority in favor of health insurance reform starts speaking up. I hope they don't call people nazis and shout them down. Let the right wing nuts use those tactics.

    August 25, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Informed voter

    Healthcare for all is a must! We are the only civilized nation that allows big business (insurance companies) to skim off their huge profits while denying hard working Americans the coverage they have paid for. My husband is a physician, my sister and brother-in-law are physicians, I have many family members practicing in the field, and they are all for a public option. We should put the insurance companies on notice: their horrific tactics will end. And for those who repeat the lie that it is only lazy welfare recipients who want the publuic option, I say they are misinformed, or just plain uneducated about the truth.

    August 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    I didn't know thre was that many ACORN and SEIU workers.

    August 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. FD

    Will they carry signs paid for by my tax money and drive cars paid for by my money? I am sick of the spending. WAKE UP AMERICA!
    There are no examples of socialistic health care programs that lower costs and make health care affordable. I know a lady in the European system. We don't want what they have.

    August 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    Uhmmm...I'll say it......it's almost as bad as the tea baggers.

    But at least they are gathering for productive reasons in this case. Hopefully no nut job right wing whacko's show up, since they are proven to shoot and kill people.

    August 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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