DNC Unit Gears Up for Public Fight Over Health Care Reform Efforts
This week, a remnant of President Obama's presidential campaign that is now organized as a unit under the Democratic National Committee sent an e-mail to supporters of the Obama campaign seeking financial contributions to fund advertising efforts, hire staff and open election-style offices, the Washington Times reports.
The group -- launched in January as Organizing for America, or OFA2 -- sent supporters an e-mail this week asking them for their time and money to fight "special interest lobbyists and partisan ideologues" that might attempt to "water down" health care reform.
Mitch Stewart, the group's executive director, wrote that contributions would be used to organize "local educational events" and to "bring constituent voices straight to Congress, and make sure real life stories are heard louder than the lobbyists' spin" (Bellantoni, Washington Times, 5/15).
Single-Payer System Not on Table, Obama Says
On Thursday, Obama said that a single-payer system will not be a consideration in efforts for health reform because the main objective is to improve the current employer-based health care system, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports.
Speaking at a town-hall meeting in New Mexico, he acknowledged that a single-payer plan would be the ideal approach if he had to re-develop the health care system, but he said that many people already are satisfied with the existing system that involves private insurers (AP/San Jose Mercury News, 5/15)."It may not have everything I want in there or everything you want in there, but it will be a vast improvement over what we currently have," Obama told attendees (Washington Times, 5/15). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.