Funny… Politico Calls ACORN, SEIU, Planned Parenthood, La Raza, AFL-CIO… Pro-Obamacare Group "Grassroots"


The Obama-supporting cranks at the Politico ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Chris Frates reported that the “grassroots” organizations including Organizing for America (Obama’s campaign website) and the liberal comglomerate Health Care For America are organizing rallies in support of Obamacare in the coming weeks.
Here’s a few of the “grassroots” members of HCFA:

Abundant Children and Family Services
ACORN*
Adventists Community Services
AFL-CIO*
AFT*
AIDS in Action
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Family Voices
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees*
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
Americans United for Change*
AskSlim.org
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Association for Better Insulation
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Brave New Films
Bus Federation
Cafemom.com
Campaign for America’s Future*
Campus Progress Action
CareTALK
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
Center for American Progress Action Fund*
Campaign for Community Change*
Center for Rural Affairs
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Center for Social and Economic Justice
Child Advocate Network
Children’s Defense Fund Action Council
Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare
Commonweal Institute
Communications Workers of America (CWA)*
Community Action Partnership
Community Service Society
Clergy Strategic Alliances, LLC
CREDO Mobile
Democracia Ahora
Democracy for America
Direct Care Alliance
Eagle Medical Services
Future Majority
Gamaliel
Generational Alliance
Health Care for the 21st Century Consulting
Healthcare United
HIV Medicine Association
Holman Healthcare Consulting
Hope for Hepatitis C
Human Rights Campaign
International Federation of Black Prides, Inc.
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)*
Jobs With Justice
Latinos for National Health Insurance
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
MDI Imported Car Service, Inc
Moms for Universal Health Care on cafemom.com
MoveOn.org*
Muscular Dystrophy Foundation for Independent Living
My Rural America (Action Fund)
NAACP*
National Abortion Federation
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
National Association of Certified Professional Midwives
National Association of School-Based Health Care
National Association for State Community Services Programs
National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Beauty Culturists’ League, Inc.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
National Coalition for LGBT Health
National Community Action Foundation
National Consumers League
National Council of Urban Indian Health
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza*
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
National Education Association*
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
National Institute for Reproductive Health
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Minority Quality Forum
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Physicians Alliance
National Women’s Health Network
National Women’s Law Center*
Northwest Federation of Community Organizations
Out with Cancer, Inc
Paint Lick Family Clinic, Inc
PHI/Health Care for Health Care Workers
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

It’s interesting that all of the abortion groups would support Obamacare since Obama said abortion funding was not included in the bill?
That’s weird.

Darleen at Protein Wisdom adds:

WTF? OFA is the permanent Obama Campaign — They didn’t even change the website and the email list is exactly the same and it is fully funded by the DNC. How is that “grassroots” when the same statist Democrats are sneering and smearing word-of-mouth, chain-email organized people at Tea Parties and at townhalls with their handlettered signs as “astroturf”?

UPDATE: Lee D. sent in this response by Chris Frates to the ‘grassroots’ argument:

Thanks for your email. I used grassroots because activists and citizens
are expected at the events.

If you go back and look at my stories, you’ll see I didn’t discount the
opposition’s grassroots concerns. When senior citizens were expressing
concerns, I made it clear that it was grassroots level seniors who had
serious questions about the plans.

In fact, in the very story you’re questioning, I point out the serious
opposition of activists and citizens by saying:

“Supporters have their work cut out for them. Many lawmakers were
thunderstruck over the August recess by the anger and outrage expressed
by their constituents in town hall meetings across the country. And in
poll after poll, support for reform has eroded throughout the month.”

It doesn’t get more grassroots than constituent concern. So I disagree
with your premise that I am somehow loading my language to favor
supporters.

Thank you for reading Politico and taking the time to write me.

Best,
Chris Frates

Whatever.

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