Conservatives in Congress are trying to derail the health reform bill by arguing that it allows people to purchase private insurance that covers abortion. Conservatives are demanding that the bill include language prohibiting even private insurers from paying for an abortion. Many of these conservatives are the same people who have denounced the public option as creeping socialism. Republican House minority leader John Boehner has called the health insurance reform bill, “the greatest threat to freedom that I have seen in the 19 years I’ve been in Washington.”
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) provides assistance to low-income families. Among other activities ACORN has crusaded for a living wage, aid for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, and relief for families facing foreclosure. Perhaps ACORN is based known for registering minority and poor voters in record numbers in the 2008 election.