This fall, the Mad As Hell Doctors (MAHD), a gutsy determined band of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals from Oregon and California, will follow up on their landmark 2009 National Tour from Oregon to Washington, DC, with a similar tour through California.
On October 2, at noon, MAHD will present a free, open to all, Town Hall at Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park (85 E. Holly Street, next to Memorial Park Gold Line Stop).
Primary sponsors are the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area and Health Care for All – San Gabriel Valley Chapter*. The event begins with a whirligig of entertainers, featuring Ross Altman, Folksinger-Guitarist; Don Kenney and his Movie Magic; the Safety Girls dancing chorus, The 4 Violins from San Marino HS and a Dr. Seuss Duo.
The Armory Center for the Arts will provide a crafts workshop table for children. At one p.m., a 90-minute program of videos, music and personal testimony will illustrate the weakness of our private insurer health care system and what must be done to fix it. A Question and Answer period is included. Since the program starts at noon, attendees may wish to bring a picnic lunch or visit a nearby food vendor.
Like many Single Payer advocates, the MAHD consider California's recent health care policy bill (SB810, Leno), the gold standard for a national system of universal health care. Everyone is covered, co-pays and deductibles are eliminated and health care decisions are left to patients and their doctors, not Wall Street profiteers. Dr. Paul Hochfeld, Mad As Hell Doctor and producer/director of "Health, Money and Fear", says that we are entrenched in a chaotic system with unsustainable costs spiraling ever upward.
The Mad As Hell Doctors provide a fun, engaging, educating experience. From Humboldt County on September 23, they will caravan their way south to San Diego and then head back north, stopping at the Capitol in Sacramento on October 12. With a social network on Facebook of over 11,000 (www.facebook.com/MadDrs) and a dynamic web site at www.madashelldoctors.com, they will document their journey with daily blog updates and photos, so we can follow them.
Having appeared on Ed Schultz (MSNBC), Keith Olberman (MSNBC), Democracy Now, and on dozens of other major media outlets, MAHD now turns the spotlight on California with their unique approach and activist flair as advocates for Single Payer, Improved Medicare for All.