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September 2nd, 2009
10:26 AM ET

Health care reform debate hits the road

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/02/acosta.rally.art.jpg caption="A crowd in the thousands attends an Organizing for America rally on health insurance reform in Columbus, Ohio on September 1, 2009. "]

It's not an election year but two different bus tours are hitting the road, all part of this make or break push on health care reform.

On the "make" side – Democrats are touring in support of reform under the label, "Organizing for America." And on the "break" side – the "Tea Party Express."

Our Jim Acosta is tracking the battle of the bus tours.

By Jim Acosta

We are riding on the Organizing for America Health Insurance Reform Now bus. That's a mouthful. But it's the old Obama campaign's effort to drum up support for health care reform.

Watch: Obamacare bus tour Video

The OFA bus (which is technically owned by the DNC but run by former campaign staffers) is hitting cities coast to coast over the next week for a series of campaign style rallies.


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  1. CNNoutoftouch

    The OFA bus (which is technically owned by the DNC but run by former campaign staffers. I think this says it all,

    September 8, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  2. Carol

    We as a Nation simply must have Health Care Reform (Change) With the soring cost of health care premiums the ones that are fortunate enough to have a monoply run health care with no options in many states will possible soon find out they simply cannot afford the hugh premiums. There must be choices to drive down the high cost of health care.Also another change this is imperative is the now monoply insurance companies must not turn down anyone with pre existing conditions. If we do not vote for change and choices made availabe now we possibly will not have another chance in the great US.

    September 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  3. Margaret Goodwin

    One thing that bothers me is the fact that American's say this is the greatest country in the world ? So why do we have one of the worst health care systems. We owe it to all American people to provide a system that works. I am a British subject, Canadian Citizen and a Permanent resident of the USA. I HAVE SEEN HOW THE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SERVICE WORKS AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS EVERYONE IS COVERED INCLUDING IMMIGRANTS. My son was very ill last year and there was no question as to what care he would get, WE DID NOT HAVE TO STAND IN LINE TO BE SEEN IN THE EMERGENCY DEPT. After 3 surgeries he is doing better now,
    There are so many out there who are very greedy and make their money off the backs of you and I. We have a Medicare supplement plan that WAS costing us $300+per year, no dental or eye care. We are on a fixed income and cannot continue paying this so we looked around and found a company who could give us better coverage for less money . We now pay $100.00 less per month because our company found out we were about to change SO THEY GAVE US A MUCH BETTER PLAN FOR LESS MONEY. Well that has to tell you that just the idea of a national coverage is scaring PRIVATE INSURANCE companies whom are worried that It will take away the ASTRONOMICAL amount of money that is squandered with trips and huge payouts to CEO'S and others. They cannot continue and are now hoping that all the lies and and fear mongering will save them from fair compettiion once we have President Obama's plan in place. IF you have sampled first hand how national health really works you know how it works you know this is the only way to go. LET US GET THIS THING DONE AMERICA! ! SO THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN DEAL WITH ALL OF THE OTHER ISSUES LEFT OVER FROM THE PREVIOUS 8 YEARS.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  4. RJ

    I`ve noticed one thing for the most part the people crying saying they want this health care reform are not the poor, they are already provided with better health care than I have and I pay for mine. The people crying for this public option are the ones who really could afford their own insurance but that would take them giving up their car payment, cable tv, cell phone, you know the stuff you should sacrifice so you can afford insurance. Nobody wants to give these things up for their health care so I dont feel sorry for them. They will say why should I have to go without, well I`ll tell you why you should have to go without, because you dont make enough money to have everything you want and health care should be a priority over cell phones and car payments and nights out at the bar! These people should be ashamed of themselves! Thinking I should pick up the tab for something they dont want to pay for!

    September 3, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  5. ronald

    We do need a national healthcare plan, those opposing are simply greedy for insurance companies and itw ego- minded professionals greedy as hell.I'd ship these fools off to Uranus.
    what i want to see is CNN go and interview that ex-healthcare industry guy, Wendell Potter whom PBS had interviewed to straighten out the mess. Atleast, this ex CEO will tell you how it is and whom is screwing the american public.
    That way all the greedy sobs can climb under that greedy rock they belong.
    these two buses are like the CNN express, let's hog the fuel to think either group is of any power. All hype and lots of bull.
    CNN express what you running with that CNN bus hog?
    Biofuel? How many miles per gallon you getting?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  6. LFS

    Guess Obama is starting his re-election bid early. Gee don't you just love a president that gets to spend your tax dollars to lie to you to keep him in the White House to spend more of your tax dollars? The blind leading the blind. And before anyone of you say a word, I am a DEMOCRAT! but I will not vote that way in the next presidential election!

    September 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  7. Russ Loness

    Our country needs a national health care system. ONE it would help reduce cost to all bussiness large and small .TWO it would help doctors and hospitals get paid. Because todays insurance (profit be for people)System wear an insurance company can deny care,payment of care,snd with draw payment of care is wrong. The horror stories of national health care like not being able to the doctors of your choising are already here with HMOs .

    September 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm |