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People’s Weekly World – Real Grassroots

From the Communist Party USA’s People’s Weekly World (formerly known as the Daily Worker):

Real grassroots organizes for health care reform

Author: Susan Webb
People’s Weekly World Newspaper, 08/10/09

With polls showing the overwhelming majority of Americans want health care reform that covers everyone and lowers costs, progressive organizations are mobilizing to activate that real grassroots majority.

They are revving up to counter the well-funded far-right campaign, tied to the insurance industry, that is trying to kill the reform movement and wound the Obama administration.

This week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is launching a rock-and-roll themed Highway to Health Care RV tour.

It will crisscross the country during the August congressional recess, mobilizing the public to contact members of Congress to demand real reform that guarantees quality health care for all — or as one of the tour signs reads, “Real Health Care Reform Rocks!”

The tour starts Wednesday in Bismarck, N.D., and ends Aug. 26 in Bangor, Maine. So far, 16 stops are on the schedule. In addition to North Dakota and Maine, stops are scheduled in Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and Delaware. Details are at: makeamericahappen.com/highway-to-health-care/.

The tour’s RV contains laptop computers, cell phones and postcards. At each of the stops participants will use those to contact their senators and representatives.

The tour includes posters and literature that pay homage to famous rock musicians, and a video that urges local residents to write and call their members of Congress.

“If you can’t make one of the tour stops, it’s not like getting shut out of a Springsteen show,” notes AFL-CIO blogger Mike Hall. “There is still a way to join the crowd. Go to the Highway to Health Care reform site, sign up, pick a sign and add it to the tour map and send this message to you representatives and senators:

“I’ve had it with the insurance industry calling the shots and putting their profits before people like me.

“The majority of Americans, including me, support the CHOICE of a public health insurance plan that COMPETES with private insurance companies to keep them honest and lower costs. Please support real health care reform NOW!”

Marco V., in El Paso, Texas, already posted his note on the site: a yellow road sign reading “I break for public option,” and a message: “70% of Americans are behind this…PASS IT!!!”

From Strongsville, Ohio, Andrew G. posted his comment: “47-49 million people and counting (around 14,000 more each day) are losing their health care! WE NEED REOFRM.”

Charles P. in Laramie, Wyo., put himself on the AFSCME map with this: “We all need to do what we can to fight the misinformation being foisted on the public by a coordinated ‘grass roots’ opposition movement, funded by the GOPs and the insurance industry.”

Meanwhile, Organizing for America, Obama’s grassroots organizing project, this week launched Office Visits for Health Reform.

It is sending e-mail messages to the millions of Americans who participated in the campaign to elect Obama last fall, asking them to visit their local congressional offices to back health care reform. The e-mail includes an easy sign-up tool giving the congressmember’s office address, phone number and hours, along with a simple how-to guide for the visit.

“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,” the message says.

“We can’t let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand,” OFA Director Mitch Stewart writes.

To get involved:

Highway to Health Care: makeamericahappen.com/highway-to-health-care/

Office Visits for Health Reform: barackobama.com

The Obama flack, Mr. Mitch Stewart is right: “We can’t let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand.” We should believe the poll numbers and opinions as expressed by the Communist Party.

This week, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is launching a rock-and-roll themed Highway to Health Care RV tour.

It just doesn’t get any more ‘grassroots’ than having the AFSCME and AFL-CIO union thugs canvassing for you.

By the way, we have to say that reading the latest incarnation of the Daily Worker reminds us of the old joke about the notorious Communist sheet.

Q: What is black and white and red (read) all over?

A: The Daily Worker.

But come to think of it, that applies to our current President as well.

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

9 Responses to “People’s Weekly World – Real Grassroots”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    Wow. The spelling in this thing leaves a lot to be desired.

    They send this fish wrap out for free or charge for it?

    Seems as tho’ they’re wanting to appeal to the cult – groupie – rock star culture types. The o-blah-blah types.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Here’s an interesting scenario. It’s 2021….the universal healthcare system is broke. There haven’t been any new doctors setting up practices since 2011, when universal healthcare went into full swing. Doctors were allowed to make 100,000 dollars a year, regardless of specialty.

    Well, the system goes broke. People can’t get any treatment. People are dying from the flu because there’s no money to buy vaccinations. The newspapers….both of them that are left after the great media purge of 2010, are reporting that that the average wait in an ER is 2 to 3 days.

    Watch then where the blame will be placed. Just like Barney Fwank of today, demanding years ago that “housing is a basic right of the people” and now throwing it in the face of the last administration.

    I do not, for one minute want “universal” healthcare, but should it come to pass and when it all goes horribly wrong…and it will….then watch the blame game then…if we’re still alive to do so.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Sounds more like the “Highway to Hell” to me.

  4. David says:

    With polls showing the overwhelming majority of Americans want health care reform that covers everyone and lowers costs…

    Exactly what poll are they talking about? Rasmussen has it 42% for and 53% opposed to the Dems plan. Most be a secret poll that only they know about.

    • proreason says:

      that poll was held Nov 4, 2008.

      Everything Comrade Obamy could ever want or dream about was approved by 53% to 47%. Would have been more except for the racists white mob who voted for the so-called war hero.

      He won.

      Live with it.

    • Liberals Demise says:


  5. TheChicagoWay says:

    What do you think the answer is going to be If you ask ; “(Do you) want health care reform that covers everyone and lowers costs?” … Here’s some more questions using this same line of reasoning: : “Do you want everyone to have a free education through college at no cost?” How about: “Do you want a big house, a summer cottage, a speedboat, Kobe beef steak dinners and a big, fat government check every week”?

    I guess the commies will worry about paying for it later…..Hey! THAT sounds familiar…..

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