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.