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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  1. DEM in HI

    I agree with the trigger concept. Let the Medical/Dental Insurance companies and the GOP fall on their sword. If they are unable or unwilling to get it right after one year, then the public option kicks in full force and the insurance companies will have no one to blame but themselves. Take the air out of the GOP – Greedy Old People – and make them tell everyone that the status quo is ok. Force them to be on the wrong side again. Then they can explain to the voters that they are just out of ideas and are the party of NO!

    September 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. aliousalam

    I want to be on that bus today!!

    September 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Joan B

    CNN – can't wait to see you in DC this coming weekend! (not)

    September 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Mark from Louisiana

    One bus full of ordinary folks concerned about our countries future, one bus full of paid union folks. Which one do you call grassroots?
    If some folks say the union people aren't getting paid, how was the SEIU member who got into a fight at a health care meeting able to file for workmans comp for his injuries?????????

    September 8, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. JJ in NY

    HYPOCRISY AT ITS FINEST !!!

    With all the whining the liberal dems were doing about patriotic Americans voicing their concerns, they are now engaged in even more organized "ASTROTURFING" !!

    September 8, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I am glad the media is not really covering these Tea bagger nuts. I having seen much of them and hope I do not.

    September 8, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. tee

    I hope they get the same coverage as the tea baggies

    September 8, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Doug, New Jersey

    Tea Party's people want a debate and to exchange ideas and facts. The Obama-bots on the other hand have been bused in from the Union/Acorn special interest socialists and programmed to scream senseless meaningless lib-bot regurgitation slogans like Health Care now. As always Democrats do all they can to suficate debate and exchanging beliefs and views, make no mistake, they want nothing more than to do what their hero Chavez is doing here in the USA.

    September 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Idiot_Pelosi

    DUMOcrats are still trying to SELL US on a crappy bill.

    Sounds like the "PARTY OF NO" is the party of choice with some simple bill measures:

    (1) Allow insurance companies to compete across state lines

    (2) TORT Reform or some kind of reasonable (scale) limits on all these lawsuits

    September 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Wait, I thought the Tea Party was supposed to be non-partisan? But they are targeting Democratic congressional districts? They are funded by a GOP group? They want to draft Sarah Palin as their leader? Oh, I get it...it is an elephant dressed up as a tea bag. They just want to show off their Halloween costumes early! What a trick, but certainly no treat.

    September 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Bridgette

    Do you people who are fighting for the multi billion dollar insurance company conglomorants realize that if there is not something done no one will be able to afford insurance. Do you understand by the year 2012 that insurance premiums are going to triple. I cannot believe average American citizens are fighting on behalf of the insurance companies. When all of this is over and if the insurance companies win you do understand that if you get really sick in this company that you will be filling bankruptcy because you will not be able to afford the insurance.

    It is over 20 million people in this county that is unemployed and those jobs are not coming back where do you think they are getting insurance from. Think people. You are fighting against yourselves.

    September 8, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. a health economist

    Neither side has things right for health care reform. A public plan, while it has it's benefits, will not fix the problems we see on its own. Competition and the free-market will not produce economically efficient results because of the many market failures in the health care industry.

    Incentives of all players (providers, insurers, patients, purchasers of insurance) need to be aligned properly. This can only be done by proper government intervention through regulations (like we have for practicing medicine without a license).

    September 8, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. AP

    I went to the Let's Get It Done bus tour in my city. Good stuff. Glad to see the Dems are hitting back.

    September 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Jim

    Finally CNN covers the OFA bus. One day last week they reported that two hundred people showed up to a tea bag bus event. On the very same day 1500 people showed up to the OFA event in Denver and there wasn't a word of coverage on CNN.

    September 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Dorothy

    Hello TEA PRATY GOERS, your to late President Bush is gone he's was the one that let big insterst get out of hand and almost cause the bottom of our economy to drop out . someone has to fix it now Don't you people get it . WAKE UP GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND.take a dip in the tea!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Typical Republican

    I bet there's atleast ONE HUNDRED tea baggers...because we are HUGE! Not like your measly old 2 MILLION back on Jan 20th...that was a joke compared to this DEVESTATINGLY INCREDIBLY ABSOLUTELY GIGANTIC ENORMOUS tea bag orgy we are throwing!

    (I will be so embarrassed if it's hardly anyone, it will make us look like losers who cry in town hall meetings and make stuff up from our less then average minds)

    September 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Randolph Carter, the finger-chompin' Obamabot

    Y'all saying that the pro healthcare reformers are sponsored by lobbyists whereas the tea partiers are grassroots: how do you explain the following paragraph from another CNN news story:

    "What we did was take a map of the United States and then we went head and pin pointed the members of congress that merited our attention and then we looked at those that might be politically vulnerable," said Joe Wierzbicki, a strategist with the conservative PAC Our Country Deserves Better, who are organizing the cross country Tea Party Express tour.

    Please explain to me again how the tea parties are a grassroots movement. Have a nice day!

    September 8, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Greg in MO

    Nobody will be able to afford health insurance by 2012? You'll fooling yourself if you think Republicans are the only ones using fear tactics.

    September 8, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. For Love of Country

    Watch for the new slogan "Lets Get it Done".. to play at a theater near you and on the airways as they drone on and on... on and on...

    We asked the question .. What is IT? and we found out that we don't want IT, won't support IT, and will work tirelessly to defeat IT.

    IT is a no good very bad idea that they will not admit is sinking under its own slime. IT is also the reason that President Obama will not
    get re-elected in 2012 (we will never forget the PUSH for IT).

    IT will be a sad day in America if passed, and IT will be a cold day in
    Summer before ANY reasonable Patriot will support IT.

    September 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. JIlli

    The tea partiers are nothing but mindless dupes for the corporations and industries they so vehemently opposed during the banking crisis. Where is the logic in that?

    Railing against their own best interests and the best interests of the majority is ridiculous, but the lemmings bring their vitriol and their ignorance along for the ride.

    Stupid is as stupid does – this is a shining example.

    September 8, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. g ontario

    it wasn,t the unions that shipped jobs oversea or deregulated every for greed or signed unfare trade deals still waiting for trickle down to kick in i thing it trickled to off-shore banking mabe that was a union idea to

    September 8, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Lisa B in FL

    The Tea Party Express need to invest in a new GPS system. They are going the wrong way! Dallas, Texas is where W and Laura are now living and is where their final destination of protest should be...not Washington, DC! Idiots!

    September 8, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I support a public option with these provisions:
    1. All Senators, Members of Congress, czars, Presidential appointees and all Federal employees MUST use public option. No more double standards.
    2. All Federal laws and regulations pertaining to inter-state competition of health insurance companies be REPEALED
    3. MEANINGFUL tort reform. Pol's are in the trial lawyers' pockets
    4. Constitutional amendment guaranteeing individuals (except those in #1) their choice of private and public health insurance options.
    5. Constitutional amendment forcing Federal government to balance the budget each and every year.

    September 8, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    Simply read the bill folks and if you want the IRS prying into your bank accounts to see if you"re paying for heath care and going after you if you're not, than go ahead and support Obama. Let's not forget the loop holes that the Dem's wrote into the bill that will allow the millions of illegals to obtain medical care at our expense. And it will be expensive people and they don't have a plan to pay for it except higer taxes across the board for everyone.

    September 8, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Jimmy the Greek

    Americans want REFORM – not a government TAKEOVER!!

    YES to Interstate competition
    YES to Tort Reform
    YES to Tax Credits
    YES to private co-ops – increasing the buying power of individuals

    NO to tax-funded (Government) "Public Option"
    NO to "trigger". Everyone KNOWS how trigger happy dems are when creating bloated government programs!!

    September 8, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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