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‘Astroturf’ Script For Visiting Congress

Being the good little foot soldiers we are, we followed our email instructions on visiting Congressional offices to insist on the passage of Obama-care:

Friend —

All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President’s plan, and it’s extremely important that folks like you speak up now.

So we’ve cooked up an easy, powerful way for you to make a big impression: Office Visits for Health Reform.

All this week, OFA members like you will be stopping by local congressional offices to show our support for insurance reform. You can have a quick conversation with the local staff, tell your personal story, or even just drop off a customized flyer and say that reform matters to you.

We’ll provide everything you need: the address, phone number, and open hours for the office, information about how the health care crisis affects your state for you to drop off (with the option of adding your personal story), and a step-by-step guide for your visit…

As you’ve probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it’s getting ugly. Across the country, members of Congress who support reform are being shouted down, physically assaulted, hung in effigy, and receiving death threats. We can’t let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand.

Office Visits for Health Reform are our chance to show that the vast majority of American voters know that the cost of inaction is too high to bear, and strongly support passing health reform in 2009.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before. The congressional staff is there to listen, and your opinion as a constituent matters a lot. And if you bring a friend, you’ll have more fun and make an even greater impact.

Click below to sign up for an Office Visit for Health Reform:

http://my.barackobama.com/OfficeVisit

Wherever you live, these visits matter: Many representatives are pushing hard toward reform, and they are taking a lot of heat from special interests. They deserve our thanks and need our support to continue the fight. But those who are still putting insurance companies and partisan point-scoring ahead of their constituents must know that voters are watching — and that we expect better.

Earlier this week, the President wrote that "this is the moment our movement was built for" and asked us all to commit to join at least one event this month. This is the way to answer that call, and rise to the challenge of this moment together.

Thank you for going the extra mile when it matters the most,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

As instructed, we proceeded to their site to Schedule an Office Visit for Health Reform.

After having done so, we were rewarded with the script from the Obama White House, which helpfully informs us on how to act and what to say (a pdf file):

(Click to enlarge.)

Office visits for health reform

Guide

Before your visit

Call ahead. Some offices may change their office hours with short notice, so just call ahead to confirm that the office will be open when you intend to visit. There’s no need to schedule an appointment unless you’d like to have a longer conversation with the staff.

Print out the attached flyer. If you can, print out this document. On the second page is a flyer which highlights the facts of the health care crisis in your state, and lays out the 8 health insurance guarantees that every citizen can count on under the president’s vision for health reform.

Write out why this matters to you. At the bottom of the flyer is space for you to hand write a short personal message to your member of congress about why it’s so important to you to pass health insurance reform in 2009, such as a personal story about your experience with the health care system. This will ensure a written record of your visit and your message and make your trip even more effective.

During your visit

Introduce yourself. Office resources vary, so you may be speaking to the office director, caseworker, or simply the person at the front desk. Make sure whoever greets you knows that you’re a constituent, and you’re there to express your support for passing real health insurance reform in 2009.

If you only have a moment, just make sure they record your name, address and where you stand on reform. (Make sure to leave the flyer you filled out with them as well!)

Share your story. If you can take a few minutes and you want to make an even bigger impression, ask to speak to whomever handles health care issues in that office. Tell them why health insurance reform is so important to you. If you feel comfortable, please consider sharing a personal health care story about yourself or a loved one. Take your time and speak from the heart. This is not a debate, and you don’t need to be an expert, just someone who knows firsthand why we urgently need reform.

Ask for their support. Before you leave, ask if your member of congress will commit to supporting the president’s call for real health insurance reform in 2009.

Stay calm and positive. While some are attempting to disrupt and shut down debate, our goal is to engage in meaningful, respectful discussion. Remaining calm, positive and polite while speaking to any staff member is the best way to be heard.

Thank them for their time and hard work!

After your visit

Share the details of your visit. It’s really important for our campaign to hear how these conversations go and how the staff respond. To tell us how it went, please go to: My.Barackobama.Com/officefeedback

Have questions? You can learn more about health insurance reform at www.Healthreform.Gov

Healthcare.Barackobama.Com

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee – 430 South Capitol St.
SE Washington, DC, 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Health Insurance Reform In 2009

President Obama has said that any health insurance reform legislation he signs must include these iron-clad health insurance guarantees to reverse decades of unfair insurance company practices and to put the health of patients above industry profits.

I support the president’s health insurance guarantees

No discrimination for pre-existing conditions

No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays no cost-sharing for preventive care

No dropping of coverage for seriously ill

No gender discrimination

No annual or lifetime caps on coverage

Extended coverage for young adults

Guaranteed insurance renewal

The cost of inaction in New York

>> 3,090,000 are uninsured today in New York, and 2,470 New Yorkers will lose their health coverage every week because of rising costs.

>> The average family premium in New York costs $800 more because our system fails to cover everyone.

>> Our broken health insurance system will cost the New York economy as much as $14.7 Billion this year in productivity losses due to lack of coverage.

Why it matters to me

I am your constituent.

Name address phone

To learn more, visit

Healthcare.Barackobama.Com

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee – 430 South Capitol St.
SE Washington, DC, 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

We especially like how our script was tailored to our locale.

Stay calm and positive. While some are attempting to disrupt and shut down debate, our goal is to engage in meaningful, respectful discussion. Remaining calm, positive and polite while speaking to any staff member is the best way to be heard.

We are very grateful that we aren’t supposed to act like those Astroturfing rent-a-mobs who are clearly just the pawns of special interests, parroting whatever they are told to say.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “‘Astroturf’ Script For Visiting Congress”

  1. curvyred

    No gender discrimination – what does that even mean in relationship to insurance coverage?

    • U NO HOO

      Even that pregnant man can get his tubes tied and a hysterectomy and a breast implant and pump paid for by the government.

      Ouch.

  2. proreason

    “No discrimination for pre-existing conditions ”
    So why should anybody buy health care until they get sick

    “No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays no cost-sharing for preventive care ”
    This is the PROBLEM, not the solution.

    “No gender discrimination ”
    This must mean that spending is perfectly allocated between the genders, which of course, means that there must be less medical spending for women, so that men can get their “fair share”

    “No annual or lifetime caps on coverage ”
    I’m insisting on annual bypass operations and monthly full-body MRI’s right now. And I may demand an artificial heart every 5 years. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to need 2 or 3 sessions per week with a psychiatrist to explore my early childhood conflicts.

  3. Right of the People

    I wouldn’t even go to ANY site that had the words “my.barackobama in it.

  4. U NO HOO

    I’m convinced the closest Obama has gotten to economics is that story about Henny PENNY.

  5. Liberals Demise

    I love the part where you tell them if you are pro or con and then you give them your name, address and phone #. This way a minister will deliver the word to you at you home in the middle of the night so as not to disturb your neighbors!
    (how thoughtful)

  6. canary

    “Astroturfing rent-a-mobs?” now that he’s publically told Canada and the globe we are afraid of Canada boogey men, a real boogie man appears in the world. Obama Boogie Man and his boogie gangsters. Sign language scratch the cheek, point the finger in your face.


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