Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Monday that the Senate’s version of a health care reform bill will include a so-called public option, Moveon.org issued a warning Tuesday to any Democrat who might join Republicans to filibuster a government-run insurance option — if you oppose the government option you will lose support from the organization’s 5 million members.

The group said it surveyed its members over the weekend and found that “93 percent of MoveOn members agreed that any senator who helps block an up-or-down vote on a health care bill with the public option should lose the support of all five million of us — no donations, no volunteering, and no help getting out the vote.”

To ensure conservative Democrats will not oppose the public option, the group is launching an “emergency campaign” to urge them to support an up-or-down vote.

Despite its support, the group added that Reid’s bill is still problematic.

“The ‘opt-out’ version of the public option has real problems,” the e-mail said, adding that “the most conservative states in the country would likely opt out, potentially leaving millions of uninsured folks without access to the affordable health care a public option would provide.”

The campaign against Senator Kent Conrad

As a political action, MoveOn members in North Dakota are criticizing Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) for siding with the insurance industry to oppose a public health insurance option.

A new radio ad and a new campaign finance report ask Senator Conrad to side with North Dakotans, and not the health insurance industry, by supporting a public health insurance option in the health care reform debate. The radio ad was released today by MoveOn.org in advance of the report that will be unveiled at rallies around the state tomorrow.

The radio ad is the second in the last month and disputes the assertions made by Senator Conrad last week that the campaign to support the public health insurance option is run by “out-of-state special interest groups.”

MoveOn.org and its Agenda

MoveOn.org was created 10 years ago, on September 22, 1998, by software entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades. It was created in response to President Clinton’s impeachment procedings by sending an email to fewer than 100 friends and family urging Congress to “Censure and MoveOn to pressing issues facing the nation.” Within a week over 100,000 people signed up to join the movement. Today claims 4.2 million members.

MoveOn is a political action committee and engages in organizing campaigns to support politians who oppose the war in Iraq, endorsed Howard Dean during his run for president, sponsored Al Gore and his speech against the Iraq war, publishes books against conservatives and the Republican Party, co-sponsored the Vote for Change concert series with Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Dave Mathews Band, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown and others. After the re-election of George Bush for a second term MoveOn began work to gain Democrat control of the House of Representatives, joining the AFL-CIO and the Campaign for America’s Future, AFSCME and USAction.

Some of the major financial contributors to MoveOn.org have included:

* George Soros has donated at least $1,460,000.
* Peter B. Lewis, chief executive of the Progressive Corp., has donated at least $500,000.
* Linda Pritzker, of the Hyatt hotel family, and her Sustainable World Corp., has donated at least $4,000,000.

MoveOn.org is active in civic and political action projects.

As a civic action, to draw attention to what it percieves as biased coverage from cabel news network Fox News, it tells its follows that President Obama will not appear on FOX for the rest of this year and asks Democrats to support President Obama’s stance by staying off FOX as long as he does.

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