GEARING UP….Jon Cohn has some good news on the universal healthcare front:

Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced it would be launching a $75 million election-year campaign on behalf of universal coverage….But it’s not just a bunch of television and magazine spots the union has in mind. They’re also planning to finance what sounds like a pretty substantial ground effort, including a rolling publicity tour to stage events across the country.

….As veterans of the 1993-94 Clinton health care fight know, [one reason] that effort failed was the fact that the political pressure came overwhelmingly from one side….This time, fortunately, it looks like the interest groups in favor of reform are getting an early start….At a time when all of the fighting over universal coverage has many people (myself included) worried that its prospects are suddenly diminishing, this is a reminder the political pressure for it is only going to get stronger in the coming months.

There’s more at the link.