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CPUSA: Take To The Streets For Obama!

From the Communist Party USA:

Summer Health Care fight heats up!

CPUSA National Board


Last week the mayor of Hiroshima, Japan chose to commemorate the 64th year since the atom bomb destroyed his city by praising President Obama’s call for abolition of nuclear weapons. He referred to the "Obamajority" in the world which supports this cause.

Within our country, the Obamajority is needed to take to the streets in support of health care with a public option paid for by reversing the obscene tax giveaways to the super rich during the Bush years. If health care reform fails, it will be a giant step backwards for the Obama administration and for working people, the labor movement, African American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Island communities, women and youth on every issue including the economy, peace and democracy.

August is key. Members of Congress are home for summer recess. They will be seeking out the opinions of their constituents. The right wing is actively trying to shut down expression of opinion. They are using strong-arm tactics to disrupt town hall meetings, oppose any public option and push for taxing the health benefits of working people. Along with some centrists, they want to slow the process down. This would only benefit the medical-pharmaceutical corporate quest to further increase their profits.

The majority is not happy with their health care as right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh contend. The majority has no health care–or too little health care–or are in danger of losing what they have won through their unions. The majority want Medicare improved and expanded.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that in September, HR 3200, based on the work of three House committees, will come to the floor for vote. In the Senate, the finance committee continues to deliberate. The health committee has already put its legislation forward. These bills will have to be melded together.

Among the biggest points of contention are:

  • Will there be a public option?
  • Will the funding come from taxing the rich or from taxing working peoples health care benefits?
  • Will immigrants and women’s reproductive services, etc. be included?

The Republicans and right-wing extremists are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on media ads and hired thugs. They want to shift the atmosphere and create confusion and doubts to undermine the current overwhelming support for public option.

They aim to break the historic multi racial unity built up in the course of the Obama election. The racist cartoons that have surfaced against Obama, the "birthers" media campaign and challenges to the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court add to the Klan-like lynching atmosphere.

They are also attempting to build up hysteria by labeling Obama’s commitment to the right to health care as a "socialist agenda." It is no accident that the first of the storm-trooper type mob actions disrupting congressional town hall meetings took part at the time of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Medicare.

Medicare is a stellar example and argument for public option and for single-payer. Medicare is a government health program that is popularly thought of as essential. Only the privatization efforts of the Bush administration have weakened it.

The right-wing Republican tactics to stop healthcare reform are also meant to strengthen their hand against the Employee Free Choice Act and the entire labor program. The tactics are part of the right-wing plan to re-take Congress in the 2010 elections.

As the labor movement, Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America and so many other organizations have concluded, what happens in August is critical. The AFL-CIO  has developed a national 30-day plan of door-to-door campaigning and phone banking, including the Alliance of Retired Americans and Working America. They are letting members of Congress know that they will not give support for re-election to those who do not support health care and Employee Free Choice.

Progressive forces are organizing to attend every congressional town hall meeting and counter the right-wing attempts to disrupt, take them over, and deny the democratic process.

Organizing for America (OFA) is planning thousands of events, door knocks and phone banks in August.  In an email to OFA President Obama called on all those who built the movement for his election to step forward now. He reiterated, "every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear."

The phone banks, rallies, vigils and marches in favor of health care reform that have been organized in the last few weeks around the country have had good turnout and media. Much more street heat and visibility is needed, with those who lack healthcare coverage in the forefront.

Many excellent materials are available. The daily on-line edition of the People’s Weekly World, as well as the weekly print edition, covers breaking news and provides a deeper understanding of the issue and how to win support.

A factsheet issued by Health Care for America Now (HCAN) answers point by point a 500 page right-wing e-mail document being sent around the country which is filled with false information that stirs up fears about rationing and lack of choice.

HCAN has issued a letter to the Blue Dog Coalition (PDF) on why public option and taxing top incomes are essential components of health care reform in order to keep down costs and cover both middle income and low-income individuals and families.

Blue Dog Democrats who were elected in districts that McCain carried have been targeted for pressure by the right wing to oppose these reforms. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, working with the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Caucuses is pushing hard to make sure the language that comes to the floor includes measures for healthcare equity and a strong public option.

Rep Barbara Lee, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and is an active leader in the Progressive Caucus, issued an e-mail on August 5 emphasizing that "doing the bidding of insurance executives is the wrong way to go about reforming our health care system" There are now 57 signatures by members of Congress on a letter to Speaker Pelosi opposing any bill that does not include a strong public health insurance option. Voters are asked to request that their member of Congress sign the letter.

In compliment to supporting a strong public option to close the emergency health care gap, organizing continues in support of a single payer health care system which would create universal coverage at the lowest cost. Amendments for a single payer system are expected from the floor of the House. An amendment which allows states to implement single payer was passed with bi-partisan support in committee.

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution supporting "the immediate enactment of the Administration’s health care reform principles." They are calling on other cities to do the same. The Council acted in response to marches, vigils and phone banks organized in East LA and other neighborhoods. (PDF)

Congress and the President have established websites to provide information about what the health care reform bills mean to individuals.  The White House has established a fact-check web page, called "Health Insurance Reform Reality Check" and the House Energy and Commerce Committee breaks down the impact of the legislation by Congressional District

This fight for health care is a fight for the ability to win on every other issue starting with Employee Free Choice and all the way to state budget priorities. It is a fight for unity against the ultra-right. What happens at the grassroots will in large part decide what happens in Congress. Now is the time for the Obamajority to act.

National Board

Communist Party USA

As we have long noted, the Communist Party of the United States is Mr. Obama’s staunchest supporter.

Which is understandable give that the CPUSA’s program and his are virtually identical.

And yet we are the crazy ones for calling his efforts to nationalize healthcare “socialism.”

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “CPUSA: Take To The Streets For Obama!”

  1. curvyred says:

    They know they are losing this battle. End of discussion – they can astroturf all they want.

    Even Arlene Turncoat was much more gracious today in Lebanon. He actually took q/a from audience and was rather accomodating – although his mic holder looked very uncomfortable – as if he could not believe that the audience was not lapping up the chance to sign up for O’care.

  2. proreason says:

    “the CPUSA’s program and his are virtually identical.”

    Since The Moron has declared that victory is not the objective in Afghanistan, isn’t it time to retire the “virtually identical” part.

    The programs of CPUSA and The Moron are 100% identical.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The programs of CPUSA and The Moron are 100% identical.”


  4. Liberals Demise says:

    And to think I thought the hillbillies were commies………….no comparison.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Latest Rasmussen Poll:

    32% Favor Single-Payer Health Care, 57% Oppose
    Monday, August 10, 2009


    Seems to me it’s dying on the vine. As well it should.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      How much you wanna bet that even with the polls and Town Hall meetings telling our reps that the majority of the people don’t want this NoCare, they will go back to D.C. and vote it the way they want to?
      They are not listening to us anymore and it shows by the contempt they hold towards us. The mob, the rabble rousers, un American filth that dares speak against the holier than thou.

    • curvyred says:

      Liberals Demise: sadly, I think you may be correct – much like the porkulous plan – they will vote however they wish, not what their constituents wish. Very sad.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yep, I’ve certainly noticed this. They act like a bad baby sitter who, when the child rebels against them, they get offended and try to justify themselves to the parents.

      From their perspective they truly believe that what we say is unimportant based solely on “we know what’s best for you, now take your medicine (literally) and like it”.

      That kind of attitude has never worked well in this nation. Fortunately, we have most of August to further examine the bill, and maybe….just maybe….enough people will see that it’s total crap and a lie and a cheat and a boondoggle and the biggest bag of crap that has come down the pike in a long time. And….on other fronts, amnesty is coming again…and crap and tax….on and on…and they truly believe socialism is the way.

      But they don’t understand socialism because, as they see it, “How can it be socialism? I’m in the government…and I was elected…and how can an elected official (me) possibly be charged with making decisions for the people if they won’t let me make them?”

      They get wrapped up in their little world and then lose sight completely.

    • Right of the People says:

      LD, you hit it on the head. We had the same thing here in VT when Gov Howie Dean decided he wanted gays to marry. Our so called elected representatives voted their “conscience” instead the people’s wishes even though at countless town meetings and gatherings the public overwhelmingly told them we didn’t want it.

      At a town meeting with Howie, I voiced my opinion that most people didn’t think it was right and he told me point blank that the issue was far too complicated for an average voter like myself to comprehend all of the intricacies involved. I gave him a one finger salute and marched out the door. I know it wasn’t the most adult thing to do but boy did I feel better.

      Fortunately during the next election a goodly portion of the scumbags that voted for it were removed from office. When some of them were informed that was the main reason they lost their seats, they for the most part couldn’t understand. After all they were only doing what they felt was right, screw what the people wanted.

      This may be our only recourse to rectify the situation. Only hope and pray it won’t be too late to reverse the damage the Bamster and his minions have wrought.

      On the other hand, we could all gather in DC and pay Barry a visit…… Just wishing.

    • proreason says:

      I think we have a tinderbox in the making.

      There is a very good chance that 55% to 65% of the country will be opposed to Death Care when it is voted on, and that 1/3 the country will be violently opposed. And why not. Anybody over 50 is facing a death sentence.

      But LD and ROP are probably right. The Fascists are so power hungry that they will try to vote for their power grab despite an overwhelming majority of the country opposed.

      And that might be the seminal event that causes middle class America to rise up in rage.

      Personally, I prefer the guillotine.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    How right you are Rusty and “Term Limit” vote is juuuuuust around the corner for the majority of these Plantation Whipping boys!!
    America is waking from a long slumber and noticing who’s been getting fat!

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, on another tack, I have to turn my wayback machine to Ma Bell. Now…in the 80’s, it was said that Bell Telephone was a monopoly and monopolies in this great nation were, technically, illegal. So, the move was on and new phone companies cropped up. MCI, Verizon, Alltell, and they came and went and came back.


    Now this administration is saying, essentially that competition is bad. That the cost of health insurance is skyrocketing because of it. Any pedestrian economist can understand that competition keeps prices under control, for the most part.

    So, with a one-payer “healthcare” system (a monopoly) would do what, exactly to prices? I ask you.

    IN a socialist’s heart of hearts, they cannot reason this simple equation out. They can talk about corporate greed, unfair pricing, price-gouging even…but when you bring it into the light of a one-entity control setup, they seem to think that greed, graft and selfish nepotism goes away.

    *sigh*…..I shrug my shoulders and shake my head.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Socialists have “hearts”?

    • proreason says:

      “they cannot reason this simple equation out”

      Yes they can. The laws of supply and demand are so well known and understood that even Harvard graduates know how they work

      The Moron says that the goals are to reduce costs, improve servce and increase access. That’s a lie.

      The actual goal is to increase government power. They don’t care about the cost, service or access. Once Death Care is rammed down our throats, there will be no choices or alternatives, so cost, service and access can be whatever the Statists decide. And they will decide whatever increases their power.

  8. canary says:

    “Obamajority” so the American Communists of the U.S. have given it a new name

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