Profile: Health Care for America Now

Health Care for America Now
Health Care for America Now

Health Care for America Now is a coalition of prominent labor unions and liberal advocacy groups pushing for affordable health care and stricter regulation of the health insurance industry.

It launched in July and plans to spend $40 million this year on a multimedia campaign and a grass-roots effort consisting of 100 organizers in 45 states. The coalition is proposing a health care policy where Americans can chose to retain their private insurance plan, pick a new private plan or chose a government health insurance plan. Costs would be based on a "family's ability to pay."

The group is organized as a 501(c)(4), with a 501(c)(3) affiliate called the Health Care for America Education Fund, sponsored by the Tides Foundation.

Funders: The coalition's steering committee members commit at least $500,000 to the effort. Members include: ACORN, AFSCME, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America's Future, Center for American Progress Action Fund, MoveOn.org, National Council of La Raza, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, and USAction.

Leadership: Richard Kirsch, Jeff Blum, Khalid Pitts, Barbara Coufal, Jacki Schechner. Read more about these leaders in The Secret Money Project's Who's Who Directory of Key Leaders of Independent Groups.

Will Evans is a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR's partner for the Secret Money Project.

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