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. Scott, Tucson

    Just name one program ever run by the government and Democrats that works without going into the red? Heck they're even having problems with the cash for clunkers scheme. Best thing to do is for the people to demand a Constitutional amendment to limit Congress and the Senate to only two terms.

    August 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Wow

    So many people, even in their responses here, are yelling for things that are either already in the bill or are will not be put in this bill (like immigration reform?). Being from dc i know the city and the workings than vast majority of ppl and its really not the enemy. Its just a sluggish, sometimes nearsighted, quarrelsome way of operating...but it does get things done mostly right.

    MOST ideas that are in the bill are very beneficial for americans, so you can talk (not yell) with representatives about your concerns for the few big issues and ask for another idea. Otherwise you just sound as annoying and crazy as the people yelling Nazi!! (and those who still think obama is not a citizen).

    August 25, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. barb

    Obama wants too get rid of , old people, mental, and phyisical people that don't meet the democrat's idea of worthy, and the disabled vets.
    Dem's consider these people unprodutive and a burden too society.
    They will then take the money and give it too people who don't work, keep having kids they can't afford, live in free housing, get free food, and do nothing too contribute too society, except put the crime rate up..................lol

    August 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Wake Up

    We do not want government control of health care. Private only! Vouchers...fine. Tort Reform...yes! Portability, and buying across state lines..YES! No public option.
    For all you lefties clinging to this garbage...go out, get a job and buy some health insurance. I'm tired of supporting the lazy and unwilling.

    August 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. cedgar

    Do Acorn and unions get paid? Oh I forgot we already pay them with
    OUR tax dollars!

    August 25, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. ANGIE IN PA

    77 Percent of the People want this Healthcare reform its about time we have Intelligent people come out instead of the Crazy right wing Political Terriost!

    August 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Lion

    Obama and the Democrats are still campaigning for his presidential election. Stop it, and start being a real commander-in-chief and securing America from foreign threat.

    August 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. single mom

    Wow. So it's okay for the Democrats to do it, but when people assemble on their own or other groups organize they're called terrorists, mobs, racists, uncaring, arrogant, Neanderthrals?
    Hypocrites.

    August 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. TangledThorns

    Love the woman's sign. Health care is a right... just like gun ownership!!

    August 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Rags Thornton

    Healthcare provided by the federal government is not a right granted by the Constitution. Healthcare is something the individual does for himself/herself through good nutrition, proper dental care, adequate water and sleep, no drugs/alcohol/tobacco, exercise. No government office can provide real healthcare. In fact, when we follow natural healthcare advice, it is VERY rare to need a doctor (medical insurance) at all throughout life. It is Americans' responsibility to save money to take care of the 'rainy day', which could be end-of-life problems.

    August 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Jesse in Maryland

    Wow, smell the astroturf! So the Democrats accuse the townhall meetings of being staged and faked and supported by outside groups, and here we have the Democratic Party itself doing the exact same thing. To counter the very real anger of most Americans over the dismal irresponsibility of the Democrats in power, the Dems will not manufacture some of their own.

    Pelosi, here's some true astroturf for you!

    August 25, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Fenarkleman

    You know, you freaky far right wingers are coming up with some pretty lame lies regarding this one. At least be creative, huh? How about some really juicy lies for healthcare reform? Something like: Obama will feed a baby rhinoceros to Walter Mondale if healthcare reform passes. Or: Obama will make Dick Cheney wear a pink tutu and jump up and down singing "I"m a frilly little girl. Look at me. Wee!" if healthcare reform passes (actually, I think most people would want to see that one. Go healthcare reform!). Or: Obama will make sure that Zombies and real illegal aliens from the planet Zer-Tak will get free healthcare at your expense if reform passes. Now THAT's creative. Come on, far right wingers. You can do better in making up stuff out of thin air. Don't let America down!

    August 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Fianlly! Now Democrats can show extremist Republicans how to have real debate instead of yelling and intimidation. Now Democrats can show extremist Republicans how to get honest information out there instead of lies meant to scare people – especially senior citizens. Now Democrats are starting to lead by example and I say it's about time!

    August 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Torch

    Yup, the picture shows a typical Democrat, holding a sign that says Heath Insurance is her RIGHT!

    WRONG!

    Seriously, where does it end with people like this? What is their next RIGHT they are being cheated on?

    the Democrats must be defeated on this, it will destroy the country.

    August 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Chris

    Who will be systematically cut from getting the best treatment??

    Elderly, then mentally handicapped, HIV patients... it WILL happen.

    READ YOUR HISTORY PEOPLE!

    Funny though, the liberals make sure prisoners get all the medical attention they need.

    So at 70 if I need specialized care that the Gov't will deny me, I may just go out and commit a crime, that way I will have my medical needs taken care of!!

    August 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    Health care is neither a right nor a privilege. It's all about money. We need the Public Plan to stretch every dollar we have for the best health care outcomes.

    August 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Robert Reiscccchhhhhh

    Democrats planning 1,000 health care reform events. Nancy, where are your astro-turf charges now?

    DNC= Organizing for America= Obama troops. Paid SEIU union members ( AKA – Purple people beaters) will be the ones that show up.

    August 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Minnesotan

    I support every effort to overturn the failed health care policies of the Republicans. Their HMO's, Insurance Companies, Lobbyists and Politicians have only made the problem worse and no other civilized country in the world supports 'for-profit' health care. It's time to take our country back from these greedy, selfish idiots who keep taking away our liberties, raising our taxes and making life miserable. Keep up the good work, Dems!

    August 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. We WANT A PUBLIC OPTION!

    Got to luv the repubs, they will fight for the right to own a gun for all but are against health care for all. Wow! Like are these people born with no consiences?

    August 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. AF

    Wow. I hope they all wear their cool matching t-shirts, showing us which union they belong to! Grassroot union organizers unite!!!

    August 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Tom Paine

    Good for Democrats. Pay Acorn to drag as many idiots as you can to your rallies. The Obama government taking over 1/5 of the nation's economy ain't going to happen.

    August 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. The glorious days of GWB

    Don't you repubs miss those glorious days of GWB –
    over 5 million jobs lost in a single year (2008)
    an illegal and deadly war
    over 6000 soldiers dead because of that war
    Trillions of dollars in debt and spent in Iraq
    stripped civil rights (Patriot Act)
    Country plunged into a recession
    Bank bailouts
    Deregulation of banks
    1,023 endangered species wiped out due to nonprotectionists laws
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
    The world hated us
    Oh, how we long for those wondrous days........................

    August 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I am just sure no matter how rowdy the get we will not hear about it or will they be called names by the liberals. We have the demonization of democratization by the liberals when it comes to conservatives. Especially when they are getting ready to steal more of our money for the unions, ACORN and George Soros.

    August 25, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Dave

    Hmmm. Mounting a big offensive when they see that the majority do not like this bill. Typical. Just be sure to vote out those that support this next election.

    August 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Hilary

    And I'm sure the teabaggers/birthers/deathers will show up with their guns. I'd bet the house that something tragic is going to happen at one or more of these events.

    August 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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