Monday, July 20, 2009

Building and re-building CPUSA Party Clubs through the struggle to defeat Obama's "public option" with a proposal for socialized health care

As the District Organizer of the Minnesota/Dakotas District of the Communist Party USA, I would like to point out that in our recent meeting based upon deep discussion with our Club chairs, we decided to make plans to do just what Alan Maki is suggesting here because the Clubs that are engaged in doing this already are growing in influence among working people.

We view these kinds of initiatives in building a stronger movement for real health care reforms as perfect opportunity for the growth of the CPUSA.

There are no obstacles we have found in bringing forward socialized health care as the solution.

We welcome anyone interested in joining the CPUSA and building new Party Clubs to contact us.

Rita Polewski

From an e-mail distributed by Alan Maki and shared with his permission.

The time has come to rebuild the CPUSA around support for a socialized health care plan.

As Barack Obama’s popularity continues to go down, now is the time for Communists to act by giving Obama and his faltering Wall Street schemes some good kicks aimed at killing this “public option” just like Obama and the Democrats killed single-payer universal health care.

Communist Party Clubs of the Marxist-Leninist type can be built around the popular support that exists among working people for socialized health care.

Now is the time to get into the action full throttle around an issue--- socialized health care--- that is made to order for Communists. We should stop being so timid when it is easier to advocate expanding the two socialized health care programs that work just fine when properly funded: VA and Indian Health Service instead of advocating something new to the American people like single-payer was.

Obama’s own words: The American people want something they are familiar with that has a proven track record.

This is welcome news that the American people, unlike Sam Webb and his revisionist colleagues, are not buying into Obama’s Wall Street schemes once the facts come out.

It is pathetic that just as the American people get the opportunity to discuss real health care reform, Obama and his revisionist friends at the helm in the CPUSA want to end dialog, discussion and debate about such a fundamental issue because a continuation of this discussion could mess up the plans of the Democrats for 2010 and Obama’s chances for re-election in 2012… the truth is finally coming out--- Democrats opportunistically place winning their political game above the health care--- and many other--- needs of working people, and the revisionists think this is just fine as they play right into the hands of Wall Street profiteers while lecturing us about what “marginalizes the left.”

We all know Barack Obama’s popularity is going to continue to slip simply because his Wall Street agenda keeps coming into conflict with the requirements of working people seeking a better life… who in their right minds would continue to cling to an opportunist, bourgeois politician like Barack Obama going down?

Sam Webb thinks the left should use the “public option” to come out of its marginalized state… I agree; but, we should do so by bringing forward socialized health care… after all, we are for socialism, right?

Alan L. Maki

Support for Obama on healthcare slips: poll

From Reuters News Service

Mon Jul 20, 6:46 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Public support for President Barack Obama's handling of healthcare reform, the pillar of his legislative agenda, has fallen below 50 percent for the first time, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday said.

Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress have run into stiff opposition this month as they try to pass legislation to restructure the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare industry through the creation of a government-run health insurance program.

Republicans and some fiscally conservative Democrats argue the plan, with an estimated cost of more than $1 trillion, could hurt small businesses, add to budget deficits and reduce the quality of medical care for many Americans.

Those concerns may be having an impact on the public, according to the poll, which showed 49 percent of respondents approving of Obama's stand on the issue compared to 57 percent in April.

Those saying they disapproved rose to 44 percent from 29 percent during the same period.

Obama and the White House have gone on the offensive to drum up support for the plan, which would compete with private insurers, provide cover to many of the 46 million uninsured and try to stem runaway medical costs.

With time running out to pass a bill in Congress this year, the battle is shaping up as a major test of Obama's presidency.

Delaying legislation until 2010, a congressional election year, could give Republicans and critics in the healthcare sector more time to galvanize opposition to the plan.

But Obama remains more trusted than Republicans in Congress to do a better job on healthcare reform, the poll showed, with 54 percent of respondents putting their faith in the U.S. leader versus 34 percent in favor of Republican lawmakers.

His overall approval rating also remains high at 59 percent despite some slippage in approval ratings for his handling of the economy, the federal budget deficit and other leading domestic issues, according to the poll.

It surveyed 1,001 adults randomly by telephone between July 15-18, 2009. The results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus/minus three percentage points.

(Writing by Paul Simao; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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