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Grassroots project takes to the phone to educate on healthcare


The Democratic National Committee says it hopes to educate the public on the issues, and ultimately gain support in Washington.

One by one, members of the group “Organizing for America” called senior citizens, and folks typically home during the day, to help campaign for the president’s healthcare reform plan.

“We’re not interested in drastic change in the health care system. We want to do something that is going to help average citizens and is going to improve our economic future,” said Linda Barnett, an Organizing for America volunteer.

But opponents want to know exactly what this group is campaigning for.

Wilmington resident Carolyn Bordeaux said, “If you’re asking me to do something, and I don’t know what the ramifications are, then I think that’s ill advised.”

Opponents like Bordeaux say it doesn’t make sense to push for a reform plan when Congress has so many ideas it’s considering. “I would probably ask them what exactly they are promoting,” she said.

Members of the democratic group say they’re simply speaking in generalities, to get a feel for where the public stands.

“There is no specific bill. There are five bills. They haven’t been merged yet. They’re very similar. They all show that they are going to be a deficit reducers,” Barnett said.

Right now, they say it’s a good way to get folks talking with local leaders about the issues at hand. Barnett added, “People are going to be calling Congressman McIntyre who normally wouldn’t call, and that’s what we want. We want normal people involved.”

Organizing for America set up its phone bank at the Martin Luther King Junior Building, which is owned by the city of Wilmington.

The MLK staff asked the group to shut down at 3:00 p.m. instead of 5:00, because the city was weary of hosting a politically-charged event. We were told, the group did not fully explain what the phone bank was all about.

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videoThe topic of healthcare reform has made its way back to the local level. Political organizations are actively working the issue. One grassroots project is starting its campaign on the phone.

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