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Progressive Groups to Spend More Than $82 Million to Ensure Real Health Care Reform Passes This Year
Date:6/1/2009

Energized, Unified, Organized Progressive Movement Mobilizing Against Special Interests Standing in the Way of President Obama's Bold Agenda

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Progressive groups are poised to spend more than $82 million to support President Obama's goal of achieving quality, affordable health care for all this year, according to leaders gathered today at the "America's Future Now" conference in Washington.

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.

Gov. Howard Dean, who recently became chairman of the board of the Progressive Book Club, joined organizers to announce details on Monday at a news conference sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future. Gov. Dean said the progress made over the last several years and the election of President Obama are just the beginning.

"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
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