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Obama, Pelosi on a money-grubbing mission

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 17, 2010 12:48 PM

Demcare is not a done deal. They haven’t even released the House version to the public yet, but plan to ram it through on Saturday. Those pesky little details aren’t getting in the way of what’s really important, though. Within 30 minutes of each other, two money-grubbing solicitations in President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s names just arrived in my in-box.

First one’s from the megalomaniacal House Speaker, who thinks the whole “world is watching:”

Michelle —

After nearly a century of false starts, more than a year of debate, and countless stories of struggle from hardworking Americans, it all comes down to this.

The Republicans have embarked on a desperate last-ditch effort to kill health insurance reform by shouting as loud as they can and spending as much as they can in this final push. Their misleading attacks cannot be the last word as the House prepares to vote.

March 31st marks the first FEC quarterly deadline since we began our final health care push and the nation is closely watching to see which side is willing to fight harder. Democrats have set a $1 Million Goal to fight back against their attacks and demonstrate just how determined we are to get this done for the American people.

With the world watching, please contribute $5, $10 or more to our Million Dollar Match. Contribute before March 31st and a group of committed Democrats will match your generosity dollar-for-dollar.

Contribute Today To Fight Back Against Republican Attacks and Help Pass Health Care

The closer we get to taking the final historic vote, the harder our opponents are fighting and the more misleading their attacks become. Thousands of you have already helped to knock down their falsehoods by adding your real health care stories at SpeakerPelosi.com. I cannot thank you enough.

However, our work is not done yet. We need to make a powerful show of momentum and determination to win this fight that only grassroots support can provide.

With the world watching, please contribute $5, $10 or more to our Million Dollar Match. Contribute before March 31st and a group of committed Democrats will match your generosity dollar-for-dollar.

As President Obama said this week, we need ‘courage’ to win this battle. Let us show our courage to stand up to the worst insurance company practices and the worst Republican attacks in this final critical push and win this fight for America’s families.

Thank you,
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House

P.S. As the first FEC quarterly deadline of our final health care push quickly approaches, the world is closely watching to see which side is willing to fight harder for health insurance reform. Contribute to our Million Dollar Match before March 31st and a group of committed Democrats will match your generosity dollar-for-dollar.

And from the cajoler-in-chief, who repeats the Natoma Canfield human shield story:

michelle —

I wanted to take a moment to thank you directly for the outstanding work you’ve been doing as part of Organizing for America’s Final March for Reform. I can tell you that your voice is heard in Washington every day. I see how your efforts are moving us toward victory.

But I also know that with just days remaining, the final vote is shaping up to be extremely close. Everything we’ve worked for is on the line, and your voice is needed now more than ever before.

Raise your voice today: We must all speak out together to finish the job.

In these final, crucial days, much more will be asked of us. Our resolve will be tested.

During moments like this, I believe it’s important to remember why we have worked so hard for so long. That’s why I spoke to the country Monday at a gathering in Ohio and said it plainly: I’m here for Natoma.

Natoma Canfield is like most of us: She works hard, and tries to do what’s right. Years ago, she had battled back from cancer, so she always maintained health insurance in case she ever really needed it again. But because of her medical history, the insurance company kept raising her deductible and her premiums.

Last year alone, Natoma paid over $10,000 in monthly premiums and co-pays, while her insurance company chipped in just $900. And then they hiked up her rates another 40%. She simply couldn’t afford it — she had to cancel her policy. That’s when she wrote to me. I read her letter, and shared her story with insurance company CEOs as another reason why the system has to change.

That was two weeks ago. Then, just last week, the unthinkable happened: Natoma collapsed, and was rushed to a hospital. It’s leukemia — the cancer has returned. Now she’s in the hospital, worried sick not just about her condition, but how she’ll financially survive.

So why am I still in this fight? Simple. I’m here for Natoma.

I’m here because of the countless others who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. I’m here for the small business owners forced to chose between health care and hiring. I’m here for the folks who are forced to watch helplessly as their premiums skyrocket with no reason or recourse.

And I’m here for my mother. She died of cancer, and in the last six months of her life, I saw her on the phone in her hospital room arguing with insurance companies instead of focusing on getting well and spending time with her family.

As I was finishing my remarks Monday, a woman in the crowd called out, “we need courage.” She’s right.

The politicians in Washington need courage to face down the powerful interests who have held back progress for far too long. And all of us who share this cause need courage to speak up with persistence and clarity in these final days.

I’ve always found that courage comes from remembering that we fight for something and someone beyond ourselves. It comes from our faith. And it comes from our commitment to those we love.

So please take a moment to remember those who inspire you — those who give you the strength to march on.

There’s very little time left, and still much to do. But I believe to my core in the power of Americans to change history when we put our mind to it. And if you’ll stay with us in these final days, I know we can do it again:


Thank you for making it possible,

President Barack Obama

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