The “Mad As Hell Doctors” from Oregon are making themselves heard at the Obama Administration with an email campaign that threatened to shut down the White House inbox.
The road-tripping, physician-activists from Oregon known as the “Mad As Hell Doctors” received a pressing call from the White House this week to demand they remove a letter on their website requesting a meeting with President Obama to discuss “the moral, social and fiscal imperative” of a single payer health care system. The reason for the call: too many emails from supporters have overwhelmed the White House inbox.
Adam Klugman, National Creative Director for the Mad As Hell Doctors campaign and the person who received the call, puts it this way. “Chris Whitty from the White House Office of Scheduling called me and said that he has been ‘besieged with emails’ from within the millions of single payer supporters in this country who feel that Congress and the President have completely turned their back on them. It told him that it’s not our campaign that’s applying pressure. It’s the people. I also told him that we’d be glad to take the letter down, just as soon as the President agrees to meet with us.”
When Dr. Paul Hochfeld, an E.R. physician from Corvallis, Oregon and a fellow Mad As Hell Doctor, heard about the call he was encouraged. “Getting a phone call like this from the White House means it’s working. They hear us. They know we’re here. And now they know that we speak for much of the Single Payer Nation who absolutely deserve to be heard on this issue. The only question is, will the White House listen?”
“We have to keep putting pressure on the White House,” says Klugman. “We’re getting through to the people who make the decisions. That means it is critical that all of us intensify the letter writing campaign. Single payer supporters need to log on to our website, go the ‘Letter to Obama’ page and fill out the support letter today. It’s obviously working but we’ve got to step it up.”
Supporters can log on at www.MadAsHellDoctors.com to find out more.