09/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Debate On Health Care Reform Fails To Ignite Obama's Grass Roots

At her home on Tom Sawyer Road here the other night, Bonnie Adkins agreed to begin spreading the word that President Obama's embattled health care plan needed help.

Ms. Adkins, who for the past two years devoted hundreds of hours helping Mr. Obama get to the White House, hosted a potluck supper that was advertised to Democrats in this eastern Iowa town along the Mississippi River. People were invited to bring a favorite salad or dessert -- and their cellphones -- to make calls drumming up support for the president's agenda.

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