The health care reform story was of the town halls, but it may not be the story you’ve been told. While opponents of health reform certainly did mobilize at the beginning of the month–and got a disproportionate amount of media attention for their disruptive ways, the attention has galvanized supporters.
Getting reports from town halls from Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego to Rep. Pete Stark in the East Bay, supporters are outnumbering opponents. In town halls by Representatives Xavier Becerra, Laura Richardson, Judy Chu, and Diane Watson–opponents didn’t even have a visible presence. As people recognize the stakes, health reform supporters are rallying even in red areas, outnumbering opponents 3-1 in Republican Representative John Campbell’s district, according to the Orange County Register.
Congress goes back to work on September 8th–so this first week of the month is our last chance to make a strong impression as we send our representatives back to DC.
That’s why this week, advocates for health reform, including Health Access California, California ACORN, California Partnership, Organizing for America, MoveOn, and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) – the nation’s largest health care campaign, will have a week-long series of “Let’s Get It Done!” events. Starting in Fresno on the evening of Tuesday, September 1st, Californians will come together to rally for health insurance reform now–including one that ensures affordability, and provides a choice of a public health insurance option.
The “Let’s Get It Done” rallies in Fresno, Modesto, San Francisco , and Los Angeles, will be one of thousands of events taking place nationwide between now and when legislators head back to Washington , DC on September 8th. These events involve everything from rallies, town halls, and press conferences to phone banks and canvasses in every state and virtually every Congressional district across the country.
* Tues, Sept 1st: 5:00pm, at the Fresno Amtrak Station, 2650 Tulare Street
* Wed, Sept 2nd: 5:00pm, at the San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl
* Wed, Sept 2nd: 7:30pm, at the Modesto Office of Rep. Cardoza, 1010 10th Place
* Thur, Sept 3rd: 5:00pm, at the Los Angeles State Park Cornfield, 1245 N. Spring St.
We hope that Californians can come out!