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In the drizzly early afternoon of October 4, a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the San Diego County Administration building, where the “Mad as Hell Doctors” held a rally. The Oregon-based group formed in 2009 with the goal “to take the message of Single Payer to the masses through education, advocacy, and entertainment,” according to their website.

The Mad as Hell Doctors are in the middle of a California tour promoting the “single-payer” approach to universal health care as the “compassionate and fiscally responsible choice.”

The rally included speeches from group members as well as local retired and practicing physicians. Among them was local physician Dr. Sunny Smith, who said, “There’s nothing in the Hippocratic Oath that says, ‘I will take care of you…if you pay me.’”

Members of the crowd were encouraged to go onstage and state why they are “mad as hell” in 60 seconds or less. Among them was a woman who used to work in the county building. She pointed at it and said, “Have you noticed what it says up there? ‘The noblest motive is the public good.’”

Crowd members were given sheets of protest lyrics that were sung along to the tune of two well-known songs; words to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changin’” began, “Come gather 'round people wherever you roam, and admit that it’s time for health-care reform”; “This Land Is Your Land” was titled “This Plan Is Your Plan.” The rally lasted approximately one and a half hours.

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MaxFacts Oct. 5, 2010 @ 8:04 p.m.

That sounds like a cool grass roots movement. Glad to see that people still care about other people and not just money. It is sad to think the United States is still so backwards when it come to modern heath care.I use the Veterens Administation Health care, and althoght it takes longer to get things accomlished and one has to be painfully persistent to get things looked at, i can foresse this happening to government health also there are also the examples of foreign country, long waiting lines and corruption, But what else can we do, we have to find a way to get all people health care.

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Founder Oct. 6, 2010 @ 10:01 a.m.

Access to affordable Health Care should be a "Right" in America!

But what to do about it?

These would SOLVE OUR HEALTH CARE "cost" PROBLEMS QUICKLY:

President Obama needs to:

  1. Get tough and start taking his HealthCare 4 US case to the public daily.

  2. Declares a "National Health Emergency" and have the Military provide FREE Health Care to the public.

  3. Support allowing folks to get drugs "offshore" for less.

  4. Support reducing the Medicare age requirement to 55...

  5. As Commander in Chief, start a nationwide Doctor training program (located on military bases) in every state, that would allow senior RN's and others with massive amounts of experience to become Doctors (after much shortened schooling, due to their experience); then pay for their schooling by agreeing to public service. This would help relieve the Doctor shortage and lower health care costs everywhere in the USA!

  6. Support the same type of program for those medical personal returning from military service, so they can challenge the LVN & RN tests due to their "on the job training" and become part of the next wave of America's health care team; instead of allowing folks from other countries to come to the US and fill these high paying critical jobs? (BTW: THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE, JUST A SHORTAGE OF $ being paid to Nurses!)

Consider:

Quality of Training is more important that Amount (time) of training... The Military has large numbers of folks that have much more On the job medical training and therefore they would be easier and faster to train to challenge the Medical exams when compared to someone that only has gone to school and has NO real life medical experience.

and

What about all the talented folks that don't have rich enough parents to pay their way through Medical School? Why should we not help them help others? What better investment can our Country make than to help educate these folks until they can repay off their Medical School bills by helping others to remain healthy?

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