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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kudos for natl. health care

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Stephen Hawking says he owes his life to Britain's National Health Care. This is in response to a wingnut's commentary that Hawking would be dead if he lived in a socialized medicine country like Great Britain (overlooking the key fact that Hawking indeed lives there.)

Here's the problem. When you have to devote time to answering craziness likes this -- as President Obama did at length again yesterday in New Hampshire in refuting the "death panel" nuttiness -- the battle is lost.  It's not just the true believer birthers and deathers. Sufficient doubt has been implanted among even reasonable people to create an unspecific fear about the entire endeavor. Which was the idea. The noisemakers have won. The uninsured, the underinsured and those with pre-existing health conditions -- all of us -- have lost.

But the battle continues. The Democratic National Committee's organization working to build grassroots support for health legislation has a news event this morning with a couple of politicians, small business owners and the Service Employees International Union.

Expect a Republican cointel operation to be in attendance.


Arkansas’ Organizing for America (OFA), a grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) dedicated to supporting the president’s agenda for change, will hold a press conference with Sen. Joyce Elliott, Rep. Kathy Webb, speakers from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and local small business owners TODAY, Wednesday, August 12th, 10:00 a.m. CST at Arkansas State Capitol to call on Congress to reform health insurance now. 
Lia Lent, a Little Rock resident and small business owner, will share her experience as a bakery owner trying to cope with the ever increasing costs of health insurance.  Lia represents the thousands of Arkansas small business owners who are calling for health insurance reform.  Both Sen. Elliott and Rep. Webb, will speak about the health insurance struggles they have seen as members of the Arkansas legislature and explain why they supports the president’s plan.  Kyle Simon, Arkansas State Director for Organizing for America, will speak about the president’s call for health insurance reform now and detail how OFA will mobilize volunteers across the state to talk to their friends and neighbors about the president’s three health insurance reform principles and encourage Arkansan’s to contact their member of Congress to reform health insurance.   They will be joined by members of SEIU and other Arkansans calling for health insurance reform now.
Organizing for America is building grassroots support for health insurance reform in communities across the country. Tens of thousands of people in all 50 states participated in OFA’s June 6th Health Care Kickoff events and in the June 27th National Health Care Day of Service.  OFA recently launched Health Care Stories for America, an innovative online tool where hundreds of thousands of health care stories can be shared, found and read – by city and state – from all across the country. Two weeks ago, OFA released its first television ad in support of health insurance reform called "It's Time" featuring the real health care stories of five Americans which are emblematic of the urgent need to reform America's health insurance system.  The ad was released on the heels of six web videos – “The Faces of Health Care Reform” – each featuring a personal health care story.

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