White House Overwhelmed with Requests for Obama to Meet with “Mad as Hell Doctors” about Single Payer

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.


  1. Linda on September 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Americans will help anyone, anytime, anywhere. Why can’t we unite to reform healthcare for our own country and it’s people? I’d like to ask Christians who believe that healthcare is a priviledgeand not a right this question, Would Jesus refuse to give all people adequate healthcare? I think not. Why would you call yourself a Christian and support the insurance companies who control the wealth, in lieu of helping your fellow Americans? It’s certainly not the Christian thing to do. Have you forgotten a simple rule? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  2. Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles M.S. on September 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Mr. President,
    I served in my country’s army. I have voted in every state or nationwide election that I have been eligible for and I have happily paid all my properly due taxes. In return my country has sold out me and my children to corporate monied interests at every turn. I will never again claim to be a patriot to a country that refuses to provide decent medical care to everyone out of nothing more than childish selfishness, greed, venality and crassness.

    Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles M.S.

  3. Kim Cohen on September 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I am pissed off purple!!! We want and need Single Payer, we were willing to accept under duress a robust Public Option. That is the ONLY way we the people will get the health care insurance reform we deserve. I feel like with all the work and financial contributions we made for the Obama Presidential campaign we were working for change. WE GOT PUNKED. We thought we were voting for a modern day Martin Luther King and instead we got Baby Bush Obama.

  4. Walter Renninghoff on September 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Single Payer -the only way to go.

  5. Chris Herz on September 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I hope North Americans continue political support for the present corrupt health care industry and its hireling legislators. Its financial drag on the US state absorbs resources you all would use for still more absurd military spending and useless invasions of other countries. That’s the kind of people you are and your state reflects you.

    Fidel Castro Ruz built in a poverty stricken little island for all its people a national health care service as a memorial to his friend Che Guevara. Maybe this is why every US politician supports every effort towards the suppression of Cuba. Hugo Chavez Frias does the same today in Venezuela; maybe that is why official Washington hates him so, and would have invaded Caracas had they not sent all the troops to Afghanistan and Iraq.

  6. Laurence Topliffe on September 7, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Health care should not be done by businesses that exist to make a profit. The Nature of Life is to grow so the government should be supporting that natural process for humans. Businesses that prevent a person from growing should not exist.

  7. Frank A. Lornitzo on September 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Yeah that would be real cool a single payeer like FEHB on Civil Service for everyone.