Sometimes a SuperMom Has to Do What a SuperMom Has to Do
August 19, 2009
MomsRising Launches SuperMom Healthcare Truth Squad to Dispel Myths, Untruths About Healthcare Reform
Dressed in red capes and wielding the truth about healthcare reform, members of the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization MomsRising.org are fanning out across the country to ensure that people understand what healthcare reform really involves. The effort is a mom-style response to often-cited rumors about such non-existent provisions as those that would empower “death panels” to ascertain whether seniors should receive care.
“All over the country, people trying to talk about healthcare reform are getting shouted down, threatened, and hanged in effigy.” said MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “This isn’t honest and open debate; these are the tactics of schoolyard bullies. And if there’s one person who can handle a schoolyard bully, it’s a mom. We need healthcare reform to ensure our families’ economic security. So, we’re taking to the streets to dispel the lies and misperceptions and tell the truth about healthcare reform.”
The first wave of the SuperMom Healthcare Truth Squad landed in Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco today. Moms in red capes distributed flyers to thousands of passersby at lunchtime in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Chicago Loop Post Office and San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
Across the country, thousands of other MomsRising Truth Squad members are doing their part by talking to friends, neighbors and other community members about what health care reform will really accomplish; sending emails that explain the real purposes and plans for reform and dispel the myths; and using their Facebook and Twitter accounts to spread the truth.
Earlier this summer, MomsRising members across the country had meetings with their U.S. Senators’ offices to share their experiences with the healthcare system and explain that moms will “not be pacified” until healthcare reform is passed. Many members also shared their stories in a book compiled by MomsRising entitled Mothers Know Best: MomsRising Members Share Their Personal Health Care Stories.