Thursday, March 11, 2010

OFA Final March to Reform

from the inbox:

With the U.S. House of Representatives expected to hold its final vote on health care as soon as next week, Organizing for America (OFA) is launching an unprecedented national push to pass comprehensive health insurance reform that expands access to quality, affordable care. The “Final March for Reform” will feature a powerful new tool each day that allows the President’s supporters to take action in their community, reach out to their neighbors, and weigh in with their Members of Congress. Day One of the week-long push calls for OFA activists to “spread the facts” about health reform.

“We're on the verge of solving a crisis that has vexed our nation for generations—and eluded the best efforts of seven previous Presidents,” said senior advisor David Plouffe in an e-mail to OFA supporters. “Today, it's time to show the insurance lobbyists that no smear campaign cooked up at a posh hotel can match the power of millions of regular citizens who are ready for change and committed to the truth.”

The e-mail directs community activists to a new web page that provides critical resources to fight misinformation and smears about reform, provides a summary of the President’s proposal and lays out the costs of inaction should opponents of reform and the insurance industry win and maintain the status quo.

Health care costs have grown from just 5 percent of GDP 50 years ago to an astounding 17 percent today. Rapidly rising costs will continue to make it more difficult for all employers, but particularly small business owners, to provide quality health insurance for employees. Unless meaningful reform is passed, within ten years more than 17 million more Americans could be uninsured and the average family’s health care costs could double to $24,000 annually.

Organizing for America (OFA) is the grassroots project of the Democratic National Committee dedicated to building support for President Obama's legislative agenda. OFA's network of volunteers and staff is actively working in all 50 states to promote the President's proposals to strengthen America's middle class by creating jobs, passing health insurance reform, building a clean energy economy, improving education, and reining in the excesses of Wall Street.

Day 1: Spread the Facts
Day 2: Call Congress

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