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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

Gov. Dean. "As the health care reform debate makes clear, America needs a strong progressive movement; now is not the time to become complacent."

Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage said that while conservatives are increasingly splintered and isolated, progressive groups are coordinating their efforts and mobilizing independently to fight special interests standing in the way of President Obama's bold agenda.

"While the conservative coalition has collapsed, progressives have continued to build and expand," said Borosage. "We are both more unified and better mobilized than ever."

Health Care for America Now national campaign manager Richard Kirsch said his coalition launched last summer across the country with the notion that 2009 was going to be the year the nation could finally achieve quality, affordable health care for all.

"We knew we couldn't win health care reform in 2008, but we knew we could lose it if we didn't lay the groundwork for the very moment we're in right now," said Kirsch. "We have the momentum for real change, and with the commitment of the president and Democratic leadership in Congress, we know we can be stronger and louder than the special interests who make money off the status quo and would have any reform continue to put their profits before people's health."

The effort comes at a time when Americans hold progressive positions on an increasingly broad range of controversial issues, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. Also, key constituencies that favor progressives are growing larger, according to a report released last week by the Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters for America. As a result, progressives are seizing their greatest opportunity for change in a generation.

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