When the Mad As Hell Doctors explain why they are “mad as hell,” they tell all kinds of ways in which there is no serious health care in the US for the vast majority of people. One of those examples could be what happened to the SK Tool workers 30 days ago, that made Teamsters Local 743 go out on strike. Their employer arbitrarily and without notifying the workers or their union canceled their health care insurance from their benefits package. Their CEO is from France, and one of the strikers made a point of telling me that, as a French citizen he had access to the best health care system.
As the docs are fond of pointing out, the SK Tool workers would not have lost their coverage with single payer: everybody in, nobody out. In fact, speaking before an audience of supporters, the MAHD asked their audience: “Do you think the health care system is broken?” When the question was answered with a resounding “Yes!”, the speaker told his listeners he had asked a trick question, that there is NO health care system. Further, he and his colleagues went on to show dramatically that the plans before the Congress now will neither cut costs nor provide health care to the people who need it most.
Speakers made it clear that their trip cross country from Oregon was met by mostly enthusiastic people; that among the fervent opposition it was sometimes possible to show people how single payer was the only health care reform; but that this was just the beginning of what needs to be a national movement. One Chicagoan I talked to expressed her enthusiasm for the tour this way: “This is truly historic, when doctors take up the fight for single payer, you know there is a movement brewing!”