Health-Care Phone Bank: "Just a Spoonful of Sugar"

Location: Organizing for America's Raleigh HQ (Raleigh, NC), 130 East Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh, NC 27601
Host: Patty Williams
Sign-up: MyBarackObama.com

WHAT ARE WE DOING? We're having fun, noshing great food, phone banking for better health-care coverage, and, above all, supporting Kim Yaman (aka MsSpentyouth here at Blue NC and DailyKos) as she fights the restrictions of her health insurance to get treatment for Cushing's disease.

WHAT DO I BRING?: a healthy appetite for healthcare reform and a dish to share.

  1. If your name begins with A-O, bring an entree. If your name begins with P-Z, bring dessert.
  2. a fully-charged cell phone and a burning desire to move the healthcare reform mountain.
  3. an extra cell-phone charger if you've got one

WHAT'S THE AFTERNOON'S AGENDA?:

  • Introduction to the OFA NC staff and lead volunteers
  • Short teleconference with national OFA leader
  • Kim's story: "I can't afford this diagnosis, even with my insurance"
  • "Five MYTHS, Five FACTS" training
  • Eat, call, and be merry!

Read more from last Friday's N&O front-page story: "Her Coverage, Salary, Savings Don't Pay the Bills."

Sign up here. We can change this system, one call and one conversation at a time. We've done it before and we'll do it again. Yes, we will!

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Phone bank on Oct. 11 follows up Friday's Brain Tumor Bake Sale

Our "Brain Tumor Bake Sale" in front of Sen. Kay Hagan's office on Friday, Oct. 2, was a great success. We gave away more than 120 Moon Pies --- after all, we're not asking for the moon! Just quality, affordable health care that's accessible to everyone.

It was a well-publicized event, sparking a front-page story in Friday's N&O: "Her coverage, salary, savings don't pay the bills." The story brought out plenty of media and many folks who might otherwise not have come out to talk about health-care reform that day.

We talked with scores of people individually -- some who agreed with us on the importance of a public option, and some who didn't. But because we approached each conversation civilly, we were able to keep a civil discussion going without the acrimony of so-called "town-hall forums" in which people are set up to scream slogans and posters at one another.

We met for more than an hour with staff at Sen. Hagan's office and got a promise of better communication and more public support for the public option. We also gave them a vital bit of information they didn't have earlier about their decision not to maintain their campaign database and use it as a starting point to get the word out to North Carolinians about how to talk with Sen. Hagan as she goes about the state.

Let's keep the momentum rolling, one conversation at a time!