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HCAN: Scripting and Directing the Left’s Health Care Reform Stage Show

Posted on September 3 2009 12:37 am
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Health Care for America Now brings together the most radical elements of the left in an effort to control the health care reform process.

The left continues to manage their side of the health care reform debate as though they are the writers, directors and actors of a low-budget sitcom on public access television. No one on the left can seem to remember their lines, prominent members of Congress are ad-libbing when caught off kilter by a media camera, and now – they’ve been caught rehearsing their lines, after numerous public accusations from the lefties of “astroturfing” by those the conservative side of the debate.

Wednesday on the FOX News show America’s Newsroom, host Megyn Kelly spoke with an Illinois resident who had attended a recent health care town hall – video camera in hand – and managed to capture, on video, members of Health Care for America Now coaching their team on techniques to silence opposition at the town hall.


Health Care for America Now literally wrote the “book” on left-wing control of the health care reform debate, and it’s all available on their website in great detail for brainwashed liberal Americans to read and act upon. The plans made available by HCAN are strong evidence of the left-wing hierarchy’s lack of confidence in their cultish followers to assist in carrying out their agenda.

In their drive to see their socialist agenda through to fruition, they have revealed (to those of us with open eyes and ears) the essence of the relationship that drives the progressive/socialist movement – an elitist hierarchy that dictates the thoughts and actions of a servile, loyal following.

♦ Scripted Calls to Congress

HCAN provides step-by-step plans and word-by-word scripts to guide the radical left through the health care reform battle in a well-orchestrated, fascist attempt to extinguish opposition. For example – the group tells their followers to call their representative in the House and their Senators, and provides three scripts to choose from, depending on your congressional rep’s position on the proposed reform bill.

“If your member of Congress has not decided which side he or she is on:”

Encourage them to declare their support by using the following example. “I am calling to ask (Senator or Representative ______) to support health care reform that guarantees quality, affordable health care for everyone. I want a choice: to be able to keep my private insurance, or join a public insurance plan based on a family’s ability to pay. I also want rules to regulate the insurance industry so that health coverage would actually be there when I need it.

Please ask (Senator or Representative ______) to support for a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all by signing the Health Care for America Now Which Side Are You On? statement.”

“If your member of Congress is with us:”

Give thanks and reinforce your support by using the following example text when you call: “I am calling to thank (Senator or Representative _____) for standing up for real health care reform.

Please let (him or her) I am glad to hear that (Senator or Representative _____) with us for a guarantee of quality, affordable health care for all in 2009.”

“If your member of Congress is with the insurance industry:”

Share your disappointment and encourage them to join us for quality, affordable health care for all by using the following example text when you call:

“I have heard that (Senator or Representative ____________) is opposed to a comprehensive health care solution that makes quality, affordable health care for all.

Please let (Senator or Representative___________) know that private insurers have dominated the health care debate for too long and their solutions don’t work. Don’t leave Americans alone to fend for themselves in the bureaucratic, unregulated private insurance market. We want a choice to keep our private plans with fair rules to protect us from being denied, or to choose a public plan that is affordable and accessible to all.”

♦ Silencing Opposition at Town Hall Meetings

HCAN echoes the sentiments of many Congressional Democrats in their dismissal of any and all concerns about the proposed health care reform plan by calling all opponents – anyone who dares to question the plan – members of the “small, lobbyist-funded right-wing” and “right-wing disrupters.”

Their plan for their obedient radical following is also spelled out on their website in such detail that it’s impossible for a rational, free-thinking American to avoid being alarmed and disturbed by HCAN’s radical communist undertones.

There is a disturbing parallel between the sentiments expressed by HCAN on their website, and those expressed publicly by Democrats like Sen. Arlen Specter (D R D-Penn) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).

“We should be prepared to respond to the other side, but we don’t need to be reactive or feel pressure to answer their accusations point by point. Instead, we should treat them as agents of the insurance lobbyists who want to maintain the status quo. We can dismiss their radical rhetoric…”

“The people who show up are far right-wing ideologues recruited by paid organizers. Much of this recruitment and organizing is funded by industry lobbyists and public relations firms to engage radical right-wing groups.”

“The attendees are not reflective of the middle or average Republican Party member. Insurance industry lobbyists and public relations firms recruit mostly right-wing extremists who are willing to employ militant tactics in order to demonize Obama…”

HCAN wants supporters to:

  • “Contact friendly members of Congress and let them know you are coming to make sure our side is heard and that the event is positive. Ask the Member’s staff what would be most helpful and talk through a strategy…”
  • Bring more people than the other side has. Their side will be smaller but noisier. You must bring enough people to drown them out…”
  • Arrive earlier than the other side does. We need to stack our folks in the front to create a wall around the Member, and we need to stake out the best spots for visibility and signs.”
  • Be more visible than the other side. Bring more signs and leaflets, and whenever possible, post your signs all over the place so that you visually out-perform the other side. Make sure you have people holding signs in every place where a TV camera is likely to be…”

The group also encourages left-wingers to organize their own events with their Congressional representatives. Their tips for controlling these events include: choosing a venue that is difficult for the opposition to access; assigning pro-reform attendees to escort media and monitor their contact from the time they enter until they leave; selecting a moderator who is comfortable interrupting opposition, and; establishing ground rules ahead of time that will limit the topic of questions.

“Another way to limit protesters’ ability to hijack your event is to confiscate signs or leaflets that they may bring into the venue from outside. You can distribute your own signs in the event and offer them one as they enter if you choose to allow them to enter.”



Every free-thinking American should be concerned about HCAN’s role in crafting the health care reform proposal being peddled by Congress. It has been widely reported that members of HCAN – a group lead by a vocal supporter of a single-payer system – participated in the White House Health Care Policy Summit sponsored by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, and has been colluding with the White House and Congressional Democrats on the drafting of the health care reform bill in closed meetings.

Members and supporters of HCAN include all of the most radical-left elements in America. The heavy-handed organization operates on donations from its members and other prominent, wealthy left-wing nihilists like George Soros, who early last month pledged $5 million to HCAN. Its “steering Committee” includes such heavy hitters of the liberal faction as ACORN, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America’s Future, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Campaign for Community Change,, SEIU, USAction, and Working America.

In a July 2008 article for The Huffington Post, HCAN chief Richard Kirsch wrote:

“I was a leader of the fight for single-payer reform during from 1988 to 1994. I co-wrote with Richard Gottfried – then and now the Chair of the Health Committee of the New York State Assembly – the only fully-financed single-payer bill to ever pass a state legislative body in the country. I shared the responsibility with Assemblyman Gottfried for presenting single-payer at twelve debates sponsored by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1991 on healthcare reform proposals. I wrote a training manual and talking points for candidates for Congress to use in running on single-payer in 1992. I could go on, but you get the idea.”

HCAN recruited Kirsch in 2008 “to lead the drafting of an 895-page campaign plan for passing meaningful health-care reform under the next president.” He moved to Washington, DC, in 2008 and immediately began injecting his organization’s left-wing ideologies into American health care reform – and Democrats welcomed his direction on the reform bill with open arms.

With alliances like this – voices like that of Kirsch in the health care reform process – are we really to believe that the President has had a change of heart on the single-payer idea? Or that this proposed legislation isn’t a significant leap toward government control of all U.S. industry? There are too many dirty hands in this cookie jar to yield a reform bill that is truly beneficial to a majority of Americans without sacrificing the foundation of our system of government and economy.

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