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Too Late: Obama Organizers Finally Rail Against Obama on Health Care

From dissatisfied Obama campaign staffers to fed-up SEIU members, many are unhappy with Obama on health care reform. At last.

As Congress stumbles toward some parody of health care reform, and the White House sends its talking heads out to parrot that this is the delivery of Obama's promises, those who once provided the grassroots manpower for the President's presidential campaign have finally started to voice their mass dissatisfaction.

On Thursday morning, Andy Stern, the head of the nation's largest labor group, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), sent out an internal e-mail to all of its employees titled "Where do we go from here?"

The e-mail, forwarded to me by an SEIU organizer, detailed the massive union's internal "Town Hall-style telephone call" recently that confirmed what has already been so clear on the micro level -- progressives are pissed, en masse.

Indeed, Stern wrote, "SEIU does not accept that this monumental effort - that this reform that is so necessary to the health and wellbeing of our economy, our families and our future - can be over without a fight. A fight to make it work for you and your families."

But the clincher was the note on which he ended: "President Obama must remember his own words from the campaign. His call of 'Yes We Can' was not just to us, not just to the millions of people who voted for him, but to himself."

Daniela Perdomo is a contributing writer & editor at AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter.
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