Progressive Groups to Spend More Than $82 Million to Ensure Real Health Care Reform Passes This Year
Energized, Unified, Organized Progressive Movement Mobilizing Against Special Interests Standing in the Way of President Obama’s Bold Agenda
Participants in the effort include the Health Care for America Now campaign; the two main labor federations, the AFL-CIO and Change To Win; as well as MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and mobilization groups representing people of color, women and young people. The various organizations serve different functions, with the bulk of the spending financing advertising and grassroots organizing on- and off-line across the country.
The collective effort involves the more than 1,000 organizations that are part of Health Care for America Now, representing over 30 million members committed to winning a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all this year. It is the largest national progressive issue campaign in history, one that was lacking when President Clinton’s health care proposals were defeated by the health care industry and conservative groups more than a decade ago.
“Over the past few years, we have worked together to build a progressive infrastructure and a movement that helped to elect President Obama and begin to undo the damage of the last eight years. But it was just the beginning,” said Gov. Dean. “As the health care reform debate makes clear, America needs a strong progressive movement; now is not the time to become complacent.”
Campaign for America’s Future co-director
“While the conservative coalition has collapsed, progressives have continued to build and expand,” said Borosage. “We are both more unified and better mobilized than ever.”
Health Care for America Now national campaign manager
“We knew we couldn’t win health care reform in 2008, but we knew we could lose it if we didn’t lay the groundwork for the very moment we’re in right now,” said Kirsch. “We have the momentum for real change, and with the commitment of the president and Democratic leadership in Congress, we know we can be stronger and louder than the special interests who make money off the status quo and would have any reform continue to put their profits before people’s health.”
The effort comes at a time when Americans hold progressive positions on an increasingly broad range of controversial issues, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. Also, key constituencies that favor progressives are growing larger, according to a report released last week by the Campaign for America’s Future and Media Matters for America. As a result, progressives are seizing their greatest opportunity for change in a generation.
Change to Win chair
Burger said that most Americans blame corporate greed and its stranglehold on government for the decline of the American Dream. Working Americans reject the right-wing view and want positive government action on renewing the American Dream.
“Working Americans are looking for economic security, including jobs that pay a living wage, a secure retirement and opportunity for the next generation to succeed,” said Burger.
“Comprehensive health care reform lies at the heart of the American Dream, and without it, the Dream is unobtainable. We’re organizing on all fronts to make this dream a reality for all of America’s workers.”
SOURCE Campaign for America’s Future