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Mad As Hell – Doctor’s Group Pushing for Single Pay System

Posted Sep 11 2009 10:22pm

This is one doctor’s group, Mad As Hell Doctors, that is working to build support for a Single Pay system.  You can visit the website to see more information.  The group has created a van that will be visiting different cities to rally and build support.  As healthcare reform continues to be debated and heats up, this group is image committed to a single pay system, which appears to have lost momentum, but is not dead. 

They are having their own Town Hall meetings ending up in Washington DC on the 30th of September for a demonstration with the trailer.  One of the strong points they are making in their campaign is the continuation of Medicare part D in being too expensive and not taking care of the problem.  BD

From the website:

“We are a small group of Oregon-Based doctors who care.  We believe there is only one way to control costs, one way to remove profiteering from the system, one way to reclaim the care of our patients, and one way to be sure everyone is covered: we must replace our current pay-or-die system and with a comprehensive, publicly financed, privately delivered, Single Payer system that puts people first.  Our moment to take a stand for Single Payer is NOW. We may not have another opportunity like this in our lifetime. Please support this unprecedented road trip to real health care reform.”

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RICHLAND -- Dr. Paul Hochfeld is telling America he's mad as hell about the nation's health care system.

Hochfeld, an emergency room physician from Corvallis, told an audience of about 50 at Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland on Wednesday that the biggest problem with the system is that its primary goal is profit, not wellness.

"In the big picture, what we've got now in health care is a system -- as it is designed at all -- that is designed to serve the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical companies," he said.


  The Theme Song for the Group

His answer? Take the insurance companies out of the equation and put health care in the hands of the government.

Hochfeld is one of a group of doctors who set off on a "Care-A-Van" on Tuesday that takes them from Portland across the nation to Washington, D.C., where they hope to convince President Obama and Congress to put a single-payer option back on the table in health care reform discussions.

Doctor group pushes single-payer option | The News Tribune - Northwest | Seattle-Tacoma News, Weather, Sports, Jobs, Homes and Cars | South Puget Sound's Destination

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