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  • Posted Activists, Constituents Say Thank You to Rep. Kilroy to ProgressOhio
      Health Care reform activists and fifteenth district constituents thanked Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy today for her leadership and her yes vote on health care reform. The group delivered a box of assorted desserts from Katzinger's Deli to district office staff members, thanking them their hard work over the past year....
  • Posted AARP Fact Sheet Outlines Immediate Benefits of Health Care Reform to ProgressOhio
    The AARP has recently released a fact sheet on the immediate benefits to Americans over fifty if health care reform passes. The fact sheet summarizes improvements in Medicare; affordability for retirees, small business, young adults, and the sick; holding Insurers Accountable; and giving people more choices to live independently as they age.The full fact sheet is downloadable here:http://www.progressohio.org/page/-/Documents/AARP_healthcare_reform_immediate_benefits.pdf...
  • Posted Planned Parenthood on the Anti-Choice Super Bowl Ad to ProgressOhio
    I received a superb email today from Planned Parenthood, regarding the anti-choice TV ad that is to air during this year's Super Bowl. The message from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards got to the heart of what it means to be pro-choice (see below).I've signed on to the Planned Parenthood statement and I hope other members of the Progress Ohio...
  • Posted 50 Rally For Health Care in Columbus to ProgressOhio
    Last night at the corner of North Broadway and High St. in Clintonville, about fifty activists braved the cold for health care reform. The rally was one of hundreds across the nation organized by MoveOn.org yesterday, urging Congress to continue to move forward on comprehensive health care reform. The Columbus event was publicized by several local Health Care for America...
  • Posted 369 And Counting... Letters to the Editor on Health Care to ProgressOhio
    Over the past few days, members of the Progress Ohio community have submitted 369 letters to the editors of 46 different Ohio newspapers with the message: we still need health care reform, and we need it done right.Can we get to 400? 500? Writing a letter to the editor is easy using Progress Ohio's SpeakOut online tool. The letters are...
  • Posted VIDEO: "'Twas The Night Before Christmas, and All Through the Senate..." to ProgressOhio
    Yesterday morning, Roland Burris (D-IL) delivered a health care reform -inspired version of “The night before Christmas” on the Senate floor."Although our work keeps us away from our family and friends for much of this holiday season, I see no reason why we can't share good cheers with one another right here in Washington," he said in introducing the poem....
  • Posted Grandview Activists Brave the Elements for Health Care Reform to ProgressOhio
    About 40 activists braved freezing rain to show their support for Health Care Reform at a candlelight vigil in Grandview last night.Many participants held signs in support of the inclusion of the public health insurance option as part of health care reform. Others just wanted to get something passed. Overall, it was a diverse but unified crowd. Organizations with...
  • Posted Seniors Roundtable with Mary Jo Kilroy to ProgressOhio
    Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy met with about two dozen seniors from Ohio's fifteenth congressional district yesterday at the Cantebury Apartment building in Columbus.The roundtable discussion focused on the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962), which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Saturday in a 220-215 vote.After Rep. Kilroy spoke on the content of HR 3962, there was...
  • Posted HOUSE PASSES HEALTH CARE BILL 220-215 to ProgressOhio
    Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962). Among Ohio Representatives, all Republicans plus Reps. Boccieri and Kucinich voted no. The remaining Democrats voted yes. Steve Driehaus (OH-1) YES Jean Schmidt (OH-2) NO Michael R. Turner (OH-3) NO Jim Jordan (OH-4) NO Robert E. Latta (OH-5) NO Charles A. Wilson (OH-6) YES...
  • Posted Report Release: Comparison of Senate Health Care Bills to ProgressOhio
    Progress Ohio, as part of the Health Care for America Now (HCAN) coalition, is releasing a new report today that compares two competing health care reform bills - the Senate Finance Committee bill and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) bill, also referred to as the Kennedy bill.The report shows that for the average Ohio family and for Ohio's...
  • Posted YOU DID IT: Boehner Admits He's Heard From Supporters of Public Option to ProgressOhio
    In the wake of a flood of visits, calls, petitions from eighth district voters who support the public option, John Boehner is finally hearing the message. The Congressman now admits he has received calls from people who support the public option. Audio from press conference here. No word yet on whether this epiphany will lead to a change of heart...
  • Posted What Women Want: Equal Benefits for Equal Premiums to ProgressOhio
    Reported in the Miami Herald today: When Amanda Buchanan and her schoolteacher husband talked about having a second baby, it felt as though there were three people at the table, she told a Senate committee Thursday."Myself, my husband and our insurance policy," Buchanan said.Ultimately, the 32-year-old from Weiser, Idaho, had another child, but she dropped her expensive individual insurance policy...
  • Posted John Boehner Ignores Facts, Stands by "Garlic Milkshake" Comment to ProgressOhio
    In the midst of at least three organized visits by constituents who are supporters of the public health insurance option, it seems that Boehner is feeling the heat. He issued a rather defensive sounding statement earlier today:“As you may know, I recently made the comment that the government takeover of health care proposed by President Obama is about as popular...
  • Posted VIDEO: Activists Visit John Boehner to ProgressOhio
    Activists from Ohio's Eighth district visited their Congressman's office again today in West Chester to demonstrate support for the public health insurance option.This is at least the third organized visit since John Boehner's Oct. 1 comment that he had yet to meet anyone outside of Congress or the Obama administration who supports the public option.Stay tuned for more updates from...
  • Posted Casino Issue Support Tightens to Thin Margin to ProgressOhio
    A new statewide poll shows support for Issue 3 with a razor-thin margin -- and shows it is favored by less than 50 percent of likely voters for the first time since polling on the proposed constitutional issue began.Issue 3 was favored by 48 per cent of likely voters and opposed by 44 per cent, in a telephone survey conducted...
  • Posted Garlic Milkshake Update---"Dear John: I Live In Your District And I Want The Public Option" to ProgressOhio
     House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday: “I’m still trying to find the first American to talk to who’s in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration. I’ve not talked to one, and I get to a lot of places and I’ve not had anyone come up to me — I know I’m...
  • Posted More Americans Believe In UFOs Than Oppose A Public Option to ProgressOhio
    From Chris Harris at Media Matters: More Americans believe in UFOs (34%) than oppose a public option (26%). The debate is over. The Truth Is Out ThereAs health insurance reform makes its way through congress, it's easy to observe the partisan fighting in Washington and believe the country is deeply divided over a "public option."Luckily, that is not the case....
  • Posted Polls Finds Support for Individual Mandate Contingent on Public Option to ProgressOhio
    From Health Care for America Now (HCAN):Three new polls commissioned by Health Care for America Now found that voters nationally, in swing House districts, and in Maine are opposed to a mandate to buy private health insurance but favor a mandate if they have a choice between private health insurance and a public health insurance option. The polls also show...
  • Posted USAction Letter to Baucus: Recommendations for Improvements to Baucus Proposal to ProgressOhio
    Progress Ohio national partner USAction sent a letter this week to Senator Baucus. The letter lays out the shortcomings with the Baucus bill, which is scheduled for markup on Tuesday.September 15, 2009  The Honorable Max BaucusChairman, Senate Finance Committee511 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510  Dear Chairman Baucus:  On behalf of USAction, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude...
  • Posted BREAKING: HB 176 Passes House 56-39! to ProgressOhio
    Ohio House Bill 176, a bill the would prohibit housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, PASSED in the house this afternoon. More details on the way.UPDATE: Among those who voted no was GOP State Treaurer candidate Josh Mandel (R-Lyndhurst).Never mind that just a few years ago as Undergraduate Student Government president, Mandel supported a student...
  • Posted “We didn’t come here to fear the future; we came here to shape it.” to ProgressOhio
    Last night, President Obama called on our Senators and Representatives to pass health reform in a joint session speech. Today, activists, bloggers, and ordinary people have been discussing some of the most compelling moments of the President’s historic speech. In addition to the inevitable banter about a certain South Carolina Congressman whose 2010 opponent is enjoying a windfall on ActBlue...
  • Posted RNC Chairman Steele "Barnstorms" Columbus Restaurant to ProgressOhio
    About 60 health care reform advocates gathered outside the Knotty Pine today in Grandview to welcome Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Michael Steele. Steele stopped at the Columbus area restaurant as part of a "barnstorming" of Ohio - a string of press conferences in which he presumably criticized current health care legislation.I say "presumably" because now, several hours later, there...
  • Posted CLEVELAND: State Senator Nina Turner, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, Small Business Owners to Speak on Health Care Tonight to ProgressOhio
    Health Care reform advocates will gather in Cleveland Thursday night for a rally for health insurance reform.WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 7 PMWHERE: Laborers' Union Local #310, 3250 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115    SPEAKERS: State Senator Nina Turner, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, small business owners, and Ohioans who will share their health insurance storiesSPONSORS: Health Care for America Now, Organizing...
  • Posted New Name In The Works For The RNC? to ProgressOhio
    We’ve had some fun names for political parties in the history of our country. From the Whig Party to the Know-Nothing Party, the Looking Back Party to the Pirate Party.As far as I know, “Tin Hat Party” hasn’t been used…yet.*As has been pointed out by others (Rick Perlstein's must-read piece here and Frank Rich's here), the paranoid crazies have always...
  • Posted In Your Words: Progress Ohio Community Comments On Sen. Kennedy and the September 1 Health Care Reform Rally and Action Fair to ProgressOhio
    Yesterday we and our Health Care for America Now coalition partners announced our Health Care Rally and Action Fair, scheduled for September 1 at 7 PM in Columbus at the Lausche building at the Ohio Fairgrounds Expo Center. Upon the news of the death of one of our greatest champions of health care reform, for many of us our grief...
  • Posted BREAKING: Ted Kennedy, Longtime Champion of Health Care Reform, Dies at 77 to ProgressOhio
    Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy passed away shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port. Senator Kennedy, 77, had been fighting a battle with brain cancer.From CBS: For more than 45 years in the Senate, Kennedy had been a champion of liberal causes and chair of the powerful health committee. His name has been invoked numerous times in the...
  • Posted COLUMBUS: Candlelight Vigil & Procession Sunday for Health Care to ProgressOhio
    Join us for a candlelight vigil and peaceful procession from one downtown Columbus church to another as we “Shine Our Light on Health Care.”This event will be an opportunity to reflect on the spiritual roots of our work to support health care reform – highlighting the moral aspects of the issue, and remembering the real-life consequences of our broken health...
  • Posted Dayton Area: Show Your Support for Health Care Reform Tuesday! to ProgressOhio
    We just heard from our friends in the Dayton area progressive community (HT to Lynn!) and we wanted to spread the word: Local supporters of healthcare reform will hold a "honk and wave" on the public sidewalk outside a "Tea Party" Town Hall Meeting in Moraine.Come out and show your support for quality, affordable healthcare we can all count...
  • Posted FIRST ANNUAL CANARY AWARD: Call For Nominations for Champions of Economic and Social Justice to ProgressOhio
    Received this call for nominations yesterday from Liz Brown, daughter of Ohio’s canary-pin-wearing, healthcare-reform-leading, dynamo Senator Sherrod Brown: More than one hundred years ago, each day when a coal miner went down into the mines, he took a canary in a cage with him.  That canary was the miner’s only warning when the toxic fumes became too great. If the...
  • Posted Ohio's Eighteenth District By The Numbers: The Impact of America’s Affordable Health Choices Act to ProgressOhio
    The Committee on Energy and Commerce has prepared for each member of Congress a district-level analysis of the impact of HR 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.  The analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax...
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