In 2007, USAction Executive Director Jeff Blum and Richard Kirsch,then-director of Citizen Action of New York, were tossing around theidea of how best to advance the fight for quality affordable healthcarefor everyone. They reached a simple conclusion.
“If we could bring a wide array of progressive forces together,” Blumsays, “progressives would be able to compete with the deep-pockets andinsider lobbyists on the right.”
That realization, combined with vast coalition building experience amongthe key players and a set of principles all could agree on, led to the creation of Health Care for America Now (HCAN)–the largest single-issue progressive coalition in modern American history. This August, with the battle over healthcare reformraging, the success of HCAN will be a determining factor in whether weget a progressive bill–a robust public option and a progressive tax to pay for it–out of Congress.
While the mainstream media is focused on the spectacle/disruption/mob mentality of the right, and also wrongly suggesting that it reflects the will ofthe people, HCAN is waging its fight through a coalition of over 1,000, in 46 states, representing 30 million people. Aside from thecampaign’s founder, USAction, the coalition includes:
And contrary to what we’re getting from most of the cable newsreports, progressives are already out-organizing and outnumbering theright in plenty of events across the country. (Examples here and here.)