DCCC launching paid grassroots effort to urge Steve Southerland not to shut down the government over Obamacare

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a paid grassroots campaign to thousands of Florida constituents to urge Congressman Steve Southerland not to shut down the government over their Obamacare fight. The DCCC is paying for automated phone calls so the people of Florida can connect directly with Congressman Southerland and ask him to “stop the nonsense and focus on common sense solutions that protect our health care and grow our economy.” 

Congressman Southerland’s House Republicans are threatening to shut down the government in order to eliminate provisions of the Affordable Care Act that, according to a release, “protect consumers and prevent insurance companies from taking free rein over health care.”

The calls begin today and continue through this week. 

The call script running against Congressman Steve Southerland is below: 

“Hi, I’m calling on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with a Voter Information Alert. Republicans in Congress are threatening to shut down the government unless they can eliminate your rights and consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act. You heard that right: take away healthcare or shut down the government. That’s the choice.  It’s appalling. 

“And if Congressman Steve Southerland doesn’t make it stop, seniors’ Social Security checks would be up in the air and our military families couldn’t count on getting paid.  It would have a devastating impact on families around the country. 

“And what does this mean for you?  It means Republicans are trying to take away your right to health insurance – even if you have a preexisting condition – and let the insurance companies start charging outrageous rates again.  And if they can’t get it done, they are going to close the doors of our government.    

“Press 1 to be connected with Congressman Southerland and tell him to stop the nonsense and focus on common sense solutions that protect our health care and grow our economy.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.