Obama’s Political Arm to Air Health Care Ads Targeting Recalcitrant Democrats

President ObamaAs President Obama attempts to mobilize support for a health care reform bill among his own party members, his party is launching health care ads mostly targeting Democratic senators who have been reluctant to cooperate.

Organizing for America (OFA), the grassroots arm of the Democratic National Committee, funded the TV ads that declare, “It’s time for health care reform.”

The ads will run on national cable stations and in Florida, Maine, Indiana, Nebraska, Louisiana, Arkansas and North Dakota, states represented by moderate Democratic senators who have balked at the cost of overhauling the health care system.

The ads reflect the division among Democrats over one of Obama’s top domestic priorities and the lengths some are willing to go to see the president’s goal achieved.

The ads come as House Democrats push to pass a partisan bill through committees, while in the Senate a small group of lawmakers continue to seek a deal that could win support from both political parties.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was not pleased with the OFA’s effort.

“I think it’s a waste of time,” Reid told reporters. When pressed for more details, Reid could hardly contain his disdain.

“It’s a waste of money to have Democrats swinging against Democrats,” he said.

** I’m adding a e-mail received from this “GRASSROOTS” arm of the Democratic National Committee.


They have the nerve to ask for money!! People are out of work all over the place. People are living in tents, on the streets, going hungry, worried about how they are going to buy food for their children. All the DNC and President Obama are worried about is Rushing a new BILL through. Oh lets not forget they also want you to donate what little money you might have.

Friend –We’ve seen a tremendous response to President Obama’s email this week and, as of today, an important milestone is within reach — 100,000 donors to OFA’s health care campaign.Many are new supporters who did not donate to last year’s campaign but know how critical it is to end the broken status quo on health care.Reaching 100,000 donors will send an unmistakable signal to the opponents of reform: the movement you built is prepared to knock on as many doors, call as many neighbors, and sacrifice as much time and energy as necessary to make health care reform a reality.

Please donate $5 or more today and put us over the top.

Thank you,

David Plouffe

———Original Message———
From: President Barack Obama
Subject: This is why

David —

Last year, millions of Americans came together for a great purpose.

Folks like you assembled a grassroots movement that shocked the political establishment and changed the course of our nation. When Washington insiders counted us out, we put it all on the line and changed our democracy from the bottom up. But that’s not why we did it.

The pundits told us it was impossible — that the donations working people could afford and the hours volunteers could give would never loosen the vise grip of big money and powerful special interests. We proved them wrong. But as important as that was, that’s not why we did it.

Today, spiraling health care costs are pushing our families and businesses to the brink of ruin, while millions of Americans go without the care they desperately need. Fixing this broken system will be enormously difficult. But we can succeed. The chance to make fundamental change like this in people’s daily lives — that is why we did it.

The campaign to pass real health care reform in 2009 is the biggest test of our movement since the election. Once again, victory is far from certain. Our opposition will be fierce, and they have been down this road before. To prevail, we must once more build a coast-to-coast operation ready to knock on doors, deploy volunteers, get out the facts, and show the world how real change happens in America.

And just like before, I cannot do it without your support.

So I’m asking you to remember all that you gave over the last two years to get us here — all the time, resources, and faith you invested as a down payment to earn us our place at this crossroads in history. All that you’ve done has led up to this — and whether or not our country takes the next crucial step depends on what you do right now.

It doesn’t matter how much you can give, as long as you give what you can. Millions of families on the brink are counting on us to do just that. I know we can deliver.

Thank you, so much, for getting us this far. And thank you for standing up once again to take us the rest of the way.


President Barack Obama





Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Monetary contributions to the Democratic National Committee are not tax-deductible.

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  1. […] “The White House needs to assert more authority,” said Cooper, who has focused on health care for years. “I’ll be relieved when they take over the marketing of this, because Congress has done a terrible job.” * The White House marketing team is already on the job……they are sending out e-mail asking for money to push the health care reform. A copy of the e-mail here   […]

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