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SATURDAY: Organizing for America Kicks Off Grassroots Health Care Reform Effort in New Hampshire


Washington, DC –Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee committed to supporting President Obama's agenda for change, will hold a Health Care Organizing Kickoff on Saturday, June 6th in Exeter and Winchester. This event is just one of thousands of such events in all 50 states that will mark the official launch of OFA’s health care organizing campaign. During these meetings, participants will start the conversation on health care reform by watching a special message from the President, talking about his three principles for reform, anddeveloping alocal plan that ensures health care reform becomes a reality.


“The current health care system is broken,” said OFA New Hampshire Field Director Tim Arsenault. “Saturday’s events will be an opportunity for Americans across the country to come together in an urgent effort to support President Obama’spush to pass health care reform this year. These events across New Hampshire are a critical step in our efforts to get power brokers in Washington to listen and to get comprehensive health care reform done - and get it done now. Millions of families suffering in this broken system simply can't afford to wait."


As President Obama told supporters and organizers on a recent conference call, Americans cannot afford to wait another year for health care reform. Forty-five million Americans lack health insurance and every day more are priced out of the system by skyrocketing premiums or denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. President Obama has called on Americans to take action and to become a part of the solution by laying out three basic principles that should be a part of any successful health care reform; reducing the rising cost of health care for families and business, guaranteeing Americans the choice of their own coverage and doctor and finally ensuring that quality, affordable health care is available to all Americans.


In recent weeks, OFA organized a nationwide pledge drive and asked Americans to call their members of Congress to encourage support for President Obama's budget. Currently,OFA is holding listening tours across the country soliciting input and ideas from volunteers and supporters on the best ways to organize in their communities and what issues are most important to them.


Suggested kickoff for press to attend is below:

Saturday, June 6th, 2009


2:00 PM

The Bermans

12 Locust Ave

Exeter, NH


7:00 PM

The Charlands

68 Kapper Drive

Winchester, NH




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ALG condemns Committee Vote on FDA Regulation of Medical Marijuana, Calls Upon Senate to Enact Coburn Amendment 

"Senator Tom Coburn deserves credit for exposing

the smoky duplicity of the Senate Committee on Health."

—ALG President Bill Wilson.


ALG condemns Committee Vote on FDA Regulation of Medical Marijuana,

Calls Upon Senate to Enact Coburn Amendment


Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for failure to pass an amendment which would have placed medical marijuana under the same US Food and Drug Administration regulation under which Congress is considering placing tobacco.


"This vote proves out and out that Senate Democrats are not concerned about health at all. Both tobacco and marijuana are weeds, both are smoked, both are carcinogenic, and yet the Senate Committee on Health has seen fit to propose placing tobacco under FDA regulation while shielding marijuana from similar government control," said Wilson.


"Senator Tom Coburn deserves credit for exposing the smoky duplicity of the Senate Committee on Health," Wilson added.


The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), would have required that states, should they decide to decriminalize marijuana or allow it for medical purposes, regulate it on the same grounds as tobacco.


Wilson called upon the Senate to enact the Coburn amendment on the floor of the body. "Every member of the Senate must decide if what's good for the goose is good for the gander."


According to Senator Coburn, speaking in committee, "[A]ll this amendment does is say we're going to do the same thing with marijuana that we're going to do with cigarettes—we're going to run it through the FDA and if in fact we're going to utilize it, then we ought to make sure it's safe and efficacious."


In a 13-10 party line vote, the committee's Democrats—and lone Independent—rejected the amendment.


Voicing his disapproval of the vote, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said, "The Coburn amendment has effectively revealed the Democrats at their most hypocritical. Congress and Big Government Washington bureaucrats are moving to criminalize tobacco while simultaneously legalizing marijuana."


Wilson added, "The real aim of placing tobacco under FDA control is ultimately prohibition. It's time we call this what it is—a move towards prohibition."


The thirteen Senators who voted "No" on the Coburn amendment are Chris Dodd (D-CT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Patty Murray (D-WA), Harry Reed (D-NV), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).


Chris Dodd and Harry Reed have received praise from groups on the left for their efforts to defeat the amendment.


"Any student of history understands that prohibition triggers more crime and more wasted government resources," Wilson said. "Although it failed in committee, the Coburn amendment succeeded in revealing Democrats' duplicitous nature regarding tobacco regulation and ultimate prohibition."


"America does not need another era of prohibition," Wilson concluded.


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