Obama Health Care Listening Tours & Organizing Kickoff
by sandy, Sat May 23, 2009 at 02:54:42 PM EDT
The fight for health care for all Americans has moved to center court with increased movement by the President, House and Senate. The President and House members announced that there will be a healthcare reform bill through the House by July 31. "Our legislation will be on the floor by the end of July, I am quite certain," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said outside the White House. After signing credit card reform by his Memorial Day schedule, there's every reason to believe it will happen on schedule. "We've got to get it done this year. Both in the House and the Senate. We don't have any excuses. The stars are aligned." the President said.
Senator Kennedy also announced his return to the Senate to work on health care reform this week. He is expected to retake the chair of the HELP Committee with an aide confirming that "The HELP Committee is on track for a markup in June but no definitive date in June has been set." This coincides with an April letter to the President wherein he and Senator Baucus promised June markup of the legislation.
The fight will officially go to the ground on June 6th, with a series of house parties across the country along the lines of the Listening Tours that Organizing For America has hosted for several months. Amy Hamblin has done a great job of blogging these events, so be sure and check that out and look for a Listening Tour near you.
Then you can join David Plouffe in creating the strongest grassroots effort this country has ever seen to make sure we get the health care reform we deserve, most importantly a public plan option which President Obama absolutely does support.
From David Plouffe:
"On June 6th, thousands of people just like you are beginning to organize for health care reform by hosting or attending a Health Care Organizing Kickoff.
"This moment is so critical that President Obama will join registered hosts and attendees on a live conference call next week.
"No experience is required to host or attend-we'll give you everything you need to make it a success.
"At these kickoffs, you'll watch a special message from the President, meet like-minded supporters in your neighborhood, make plans for reaching out in your community-and start to put those plans in action.
"Together, we'll win health care reform the same way we won the election: Building support one block, one neighbor, one conversation at a time. Please sign up today."