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"Mad as Hell Doctors" in D.C.


Blaylock and Huntington are part of the "Mad as Hell Doctors" who left Oregon in early September in a "Care-A-Van" traveling across the U.S.

They will be holding a rally in Washington's Lafayette Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

A retired primary care internist now living in Rockville, Maryland, Blaylock said today: "I'm mad as hell because health care in America has become a web of business entities. It's focused on [making] a profit instead of doing what's right for all of us. There are no quick fixes, but a single-payer model would reduce administrative waste, free patients to choose their own doctors and facilitate job mobility."

A radiation oncologist from Oregon, Huntington said today: "Americans aren't getting the information they need to make an educated decision about healthcare. The reality is that a single-payer healthcare system has been working in other countries for decades and it can work here. But there's so much misinformation, so much undue corporate influence, that the truth doesn't penetrate."

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