September 8th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
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Dueling bus tours in health care debate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Get ready for the battle of the dueling health care reform bus tours, again!

As the "Tea Party Express" continues its cross country caravan to rally people against President Barack Obama's health care proposals, Organizing for America is announcing Tuesday the extension of its "Health Insurance Reform Now: Lets Get It Done" bus tour.

Organizing for America, which was formed out of the Obama presidential campaign, is now a wing of the Democratic National Committee.

The group says the next leg of their tour to promote getting health insurance reform done this year will kick off Wednesday night, with hundreds of watch parties across the county during the president's prime time speech on health care to a joint session of Congress. Following the watch parties, OFA says the bus tour head will head from Atlanta to Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Utah and will end in Las Vegas.

Their events look like a flashback to the Obama presidential campaign. Except for one thing - no Obama. Instead of a candidate to sell, there's a message of health insurance reform now is scrawled on the side of their bus.

OFA says the first leg of their bus tour, which ran from August 26 through September 3, hit ten cities and attracted 12,000 supporters. This next leg follows a two-week period where OFA held over 2,000 events in support of reform.

The "Tea Party Express" kicked off its nationwide bus tour in Sacramento on August 28, and is scheduled to be in Michigan Tuesday. Their caravan concludes Saturday in the nation's capitol, as they join in what's being billed as a taxpayer march on Washington.

- CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Tea Party Express = Misinformed Fear Mongerers

    I wish when CNN interviewed Mrs. Bush that thye would've got her opinion about the "Tea Party Express."

    September 8, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    There is a distinct difference between these two. Name the national PAC that is funding the Tea Party Express? There is not one. Its grass roots, yes talk radio is promoting it, yes there is money donated to help fund it. Organizing for America is actually Barack Obamas Re Election campaign team loaded with PAC money to create the perception of a ground swell of support. Lets review 72% of Americans have and like their insurance coverage (yes, it need tweeks but not replaced with the next blackhole of tax dollars).

    September 8, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The Tea Party people are a pack of morons.

    September 8, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Dave

    Tell me again who is "organizing" these "unAmerican" tours? So Unions who are in the pocket of the Dem's are organizing events, while normal and concerned Americans are organizing grass root efforts to stop the Obama Administration from jumping off a cliff blindfolded and bankrupting our great Country.

    Come on Nancy, which side is the real "Astro-turfers"?

    September 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Angry Vet

    Just ask those of the Tea Party, particularly the top eschelon, what kind of health insurance coverage they have? They can mobilize a certain element of our society with the buzzwords that have the same effect as the bell in Pavlov's experiment. They don't care about the rank and file, they crave political power and will step on all those who will let them.

    September 8, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. katiec

    You mention that Organizing for America is sponsored by the Democrats but fail to bring out the Tea Party is organized by a group of right wing radicals, supported by big business and the republicans.
    But of course you do, CNN. Are any other bloggers getting as sick of CNN bias as I am??
    I never watch you on TV except when Sanchez is on and sometimes Cafferty (think he was forced to change his open stance) as on TV, your headlines on the web are so republican supported it is a shame.
    You have thrown away all integrity and honor, yet still claim to be news your can trust. What hypocrits you are, hmmm, just like the party you represent.

    September 8, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. D. Tree

    Republicans are being unrealistic and hypocritical: they say bring down costs, but don't touch insurance industry profits.

    How else do you expect to save money? The public option is the best way to save money – who really cares if insurance companies lose their multi-million dollar bonuses?

    They are just like Wall St, ripping us off. Its sad to see so many hard working Americans actually fall for their lies.

    September 8, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Randolph Carter, the finger chompin' Obamabot

    So what ideas are the tea-party folks proposing as solutions to the very real problems that we face? Lower taxes? Give me a break. They fail to grasp the scope of our problems. We got through the great depression and WW II by all making sacrifices for the greater good and massive government spending. But I guess that's too much to ask from your average overweight, not-too-bright, uninformed American citizen. Don't come crying to me when your healthcare and insurance costs double and medicare goes broke. Now bend over for your corporate masters like good little consumerbots. Have a nice day!

    September 8, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. yougottabekidding

    It's about time someone counter those nut case right wing wackos!

    September 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Keith in Austin

    The majority of Americans have spoken. No government managed healthcare!

    September 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. harold

    Way back in 1948 the USA presidnet Truman proposed a national health insurance for everyone.. in the USA just like all other countries have had for years and still have for their people.. In 1965..Medicare Law provided people age 65 and over with health insurance that did not use pre existing conditions to fend off the risky people like private health insurance companies still do today.. Medicare has the lowest administrative cost compared to private health insurance 13% administrative costs.. So why not conserve money for us and our government and have something like medicare for everyone.?... Or is medicare only for older people who love the program...?

    September 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. haren

    Let us boycott companies who advertise in FOX news.
    so that a Australian who is dividing this country to make money
    go bankrupt, and America will remain united.

    September 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. GI Joe

    The lies and misinformation spread by the right-wing fringe over the past month has converted even more of my family members to switch from R to Independent or Democrat. What a bunch of loudmouth idiots. If that's representative of republicans, they should be ashamed.

    Hate and fear have no place in this country. It's like the American arm of the Taliban out there spreading fear and hate and prejudice.

    September 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Don

    Organizing America.... well "organizing it so people will support the democrats" I think...... (Namely, take from the old give to people who do not deserve it! So these no-good people will vote democrats forever....)
    Is this the change we voted for!!!! Yaaackkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    The OFA is a bought and paid for arm of the DNC isn't it? (It says so in the story) So it is not "grass roots" it is a perfect example of the "astro turf movement that Pelosi, talks about. Didn't she say they were an unpatriotic mob? Paid for by unions, ACORN and A bunch of dope smoking, non working, class warriors in an organization designed to steal money from the taxpayers for progressives (the fancy new name that the state run media is using to describe the thugs).

    September 8, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Wow

    I think it's great that the healthcare reform / deform debate has sparked so much grassroots participation on both sides. It's exactly what we have needed, and I commend Americans on both sides for speaking out so forcefully. This is a HUGE issue and should NOT have been rushed through by ONE party just because "they won."

    September 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. ran

    I hope President Obama and the Democrats gives us single payer non-profit universal health care now; seeing that the GOP have no intention of voting for any bill no matter what.

    It is time to start doing and if that means doing it without the GOP then so be it.

    Health care now and then on to energy and immigration.

    Action is needed now on these issues because we have debated them long enough.

    September 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Posted under wrong story.

    There is the hope that the "dueling tour buses" will meet in Washington DC to "exchange" ideas and cookie recipes! Confirmation as to whether tea will actually be served is still pending…..Some of us will be handing out crackers.

    September 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Carol

    I've read much of what the Tea Party Express is planning to do. Much of it has nothing to do with healthcare reform, but reads like a republican party campaign book.

    What was labeled as a bi-partisan concern of the healthcare debate has turned into nothing more than a GOP political pac.

    This is nothing more than the GOP sideshow express.

    September 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Connie, Indiana

    Will the tea-baggers be truthful or be spreading more "FEAR", because that is what they have been doing. How many over 65ers will be there, how many without health insurance be there, will the opposite side be able to have a say????.

    September 8, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. New Day

    Isn't it nice how, with unemployment as high as it is, there are people on both sides that don't need to work and, therefore, can spend weeks on end brainwashing the dim-witted at town hall meetings?

    Gotta love it,

    September 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. wesufm88

    Its about time the American people fight back against the Tea Party Right Wingers who care less about a healthy society and more about being politically Right.
    That's somehthing they already are on the Right trying to crush a Public Healthcare Plan for all Americans who need it.

    September 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Hugo

    Oh, I am getting so confused by all of this it is hard to discern the difference between those anti-American right wingers and the anti-American left wingers, maybe Nancy Pelosi can help me understand ....

    How about just a bunch of Americans doing what they are supposed to do, express their opinions in an effort to take control of a dysfunctional and out of control Government!

    September 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. sharon

    Lets get it done.........................NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. demwit

    Watch Out America! The Obozombies are on a cross country road trip. Keep you hands and children's brains away from the bus windows..

    September 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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