Bill Clinton Campaigns for Health Care Reform

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In a message sent to supporters of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, former President Bill Clinton, who failed in his own efforts to reform health care, pressed for success this time around and called for donations to support the Health Care Reform Now campaign.

The campaign is part of the DCCC's agenda and is aimed at obtaining financial support for the Obama administration's health care reform. The DCCC is trying to raise $250,000 in donations by midnight Aug. 4, 2009.

Titled "1993," Mr. Clinton's message discussed the health care campaign in time of his own presidency. The former president noted that President Obama is facing opposition to his own health care agenda similar to what Mr. Clinton faced in 1993. He argued that Mr. Obama is going up against special interest groups and their Republican supporters who have "launched a furious campaign to preserve the status quo."

"Republicans have made a political calculation that they'd rather attack congressional Democrats with sound bites and misleading characterizations of the President's health care reform plan than work on behalf of the American people," he wrote. "It's up to us to prevent the Republican Party and their special interest backers from doing whatever they can to prevent this historic opportunity to make quality health care affordable and accessible to all."

Clinton said donations made will be matched "dollar-for-dollar" by Democratic Members of Congress and will go directly to helping America pass legislation that would lower costs, improve care, and provide coverage for more citizens than ever before.

To view the entire message, click here.