HCAN! New York

The Youngest Organizer?

Posted on June 15th, 2009 by David Vigoda

President Obama called on Americans across the country to hold local house meetings on June 6 to kick off his grassroots campaign for health care reform. My wife Liz and I hosted one in Delmar NY (near Albany) for a capacity crowd and were excited to see so much support.

I thought I’d have to contact everyone I knew and advertise the event—no need, the registration was full within days. I thought only local people would come—they came from around the Capital District.

It’s clear that there is a tremendous amount of grassroots support for quality affordable health care for all this year that includes a public health insurance plan. But what too many people don’t appreciate is that we’re only going to get it if everyone gets involved. I can say why in three words: health insurance lobby.

It is powerful. It is wealthy. And it is stalking the halls of Congress. There’s only one way to stop it, by standing up to it. Call it civics. Call it democracy in action. Call it sticking up for yourself and the people you care about.

The accompanying brief video is an example of what that looks like. And our meeting may have had the youngest campaigner in the nation. Check it out.

By the way, it’s not too late to attend a kick-off meeting. We are hosting another one on Sunday, June 14 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. For details, go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpcwdg

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