Doctors are “mad as hell”

Rallying doctors borrow from the “Network” quote to express their health-care frustrations.

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Rallying doctors made a stop in Portland on a cross-country tour in support of a single-payer health system.

They’re taking that message to 27 cities from Seattle, where they stopped Tuesday, to Washington, D.C. They aim to pick up a caravan of support as they cruise east, and hope to roll up to the White House on Sept. 30 with thousands of backers. The doctors, who collectively have 220 years of practical experience, are angry, but for different reasons than those who flocked to political town hall meetings in recent weeks to denounce President Obama and congressional leaders for going too far with health care reform.

“I’m angry about it because it doesn’t go far enough,” says Dr. Paul Hochfeld, 58, an emergency physician in Corvallis.

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