Obama turns health care vote into fundraising tool 

Scarcely more than an hour after the House narrowly passed the Democrats' health care legislation Saturday night, President Obama sent out a fundraising email asking supporters for money to push a national health care bill through the Senate.

"This is a night to celebrate -- but not to rest," Obama writes in a fundraising appeal sent by Organizing for America, the permanent version of his 2008 presidential campaign. "Can you donate $25 or whatever you can afford so we can finish this fight?"

Obama says Organizing for America will need lots of cash for the Senate battle. "The final Senate bill hasn't even been released yet, but the insurance companies are already pressing hard for a filibuster to bury it," Obama writes. The "insider lobbyists and partisan operatives" are now "desperate" after their "old formula of scare tactics, D.C. back-scratching and special-interest money" failed to stop the Democratic health care bill.

"Don't think for a minute that power concedes without a fight," Obama reminds his fundraising targets. "Please donate to Organizing for America's campaign to win this fight and ensure that real health care reform reaches my desk by the end of this year."

Organizing for America, which is under the umbrella of the Democratic National Committee, claims its supporters have made 502,651 phone calls to congressional offices since October 20, all urging the passage of health care reform.
 

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