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White House blocks email from single payer advocates Mad As Hell Doctors

Minnesota Post:

The Mad As Hell Doctors left Oregon Sept. 8 on a 26-city road trip en route to Washington, D.C., where they hope to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby for a single-payer, or Medicare for All, plan. Obama hasn't said yes yet, but the White House has started blocking emails of the group's form letters. About 5,000 emails urging Obama to meet with the doctors had been sent at last check, said Dr. Paul Hochfeld, of Corvallis, Ore., who urged rally attendees to send emails from their own addresses.

Obama to "little single payer advocates": La la la I can't hear you!

Look, I can see blocking a humongous spam campaign from; we've got spam blockers ourselves. But blocking an email petitition campaign after a mere 5000 mails? That seems a little over-sensitive. And haven't these clowns ever heard of the First Amendment?

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

if they won't take our emails, start giving them an earful and flooding their voicemail.

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Submitted by connecticut man1 on

and sent this email:

Dear Mr. President,

Recently, a group of Oregon physicians calling themselves the "Mad As Hell Doctors" requested a meeting with you to discuss a single payer plan for America. I am writing you to support that request and ask that you please take time from your very busy schedule to meet with these committed doctors. There are many of us who feel that single payer is the only solution to our health care troubles but are finding it impossible to have our voices heard above the rage and rhetoric that is drowning our nation. By taking the time to meet with these Oregon physicians you are meeting with so many millions of us who believe deeply in a single payer solution.

According to reports at MinnPost.com (http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2009/09/...), the White House has blocked receipt of their original request to meet with you. I find this truly disturbing that not only are single payer advocates not at the table bargaining for real reform, but you are shutting out the voices of one of the largest groups of health care reform advocates altogether:

This September, as the healthcare debate rages in Congress, our core group of six doctors from Oregon will be embarking on an historic road trip across America. We will be conducting town halls in twenty-six cities as we make our way to Washington, D.C. Our mission is to educate our fellow citizens as to why a single payer health care system is the only means to lasting, substantive health care reform for this country.

All told, our group has 191 years of combined, real-world medical experience, much of it spent working in a system that serves neither patients nor their doctors. As physicians who have sworn an oath to behave in accord with the highest possible ethical, medical standards, we have all reached the same conclusion: it is our professional obligation to speak out against a for-profit system of health care that is fatally compromising the health and well being of our patients, their families and our nation.

We will be in Washington D.C. on the morning of Oct. 1 and it would be a distinct honor if you would meet with our modest delegation to discuss the future of health care as well as the moral, social and fiscal imperative of a enacting a single-payer system for America at this moment in our history.

Dr. Paul Hochfeld Emergency Room Physician -Corvallis, OR

Dr. Eugene Uphoff FamilyPhysician-Portland, Oregon

Dr. Samuel Metz Anesthesiologist-Portland,Oregon

Dr. Michael Huntington RadiationOncologist-Corvallis,Oregon

Dr. Joseph Eusterman Internal Medicine-Portland, Oregon - Retired

Dr. Robert Seward InternalMedicine-Portland, Oregon

Thank you for considering this request.

Stephen Heron
New Milford, Connecticut
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Submitted by DCblogger on

like blocking the emails is going to make this go away.

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Submitted by Card-carrying_B... on

I am speechless. Plus ca hopey-change-y plus c'est la meme . . . .