Hey, if we want to ease the suffering of millions of Americans, that means getting the best health care reform possible.
As Johnson and Broder tell it, grassroots organizers at the
Democratic National Committee during the '90s health care battle felt
abandoned by President Clinton. Obama himself, meanwhile, got on
today's call while flying back from a fundraising trip to California,
adding some presidential weight to Organizing for America's call to
arms. "Pardon the interruption," came a voice as Stewart talked. "This
is the Air Force One operator. I have President Obama on the line." The
break seemed to stun everyone involved into silence. "Sir," said the
operator, "Can you hear me okay?" "Yes we can," said Stewart,
(seemingly unaware that he was reverting to campaign slogan).
The President got on the line. "We know what's at stake," he told
those on the call. "We know we need reforms. Health care costs are
crushing families, businesses, government budgets. Americans now spend
more on health care than on housing and food…This is our big chance
to prove that the movement that started during the campaign isn't over.
We're just getting started."
"We've got to get it done this year," Obama told supporters on the
call. "If we don't get it done this year, we're not going to get it