Road Trip Docs: Pitching a single-payer health system

Road Trip Docs: Pitching a single-payer health system »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Doctors Joseph Eusterman and Eugene Uphoff are about to embark on a major road trip, in a well-used Winnebago.

"Yea, this is headquarters," said retired physican Eusterman.

This is where they, and four other seasoned Oregon physicians, will eat and sleep as they drive across the country towards Washington, D.C.

They're calling themselves the "Mad As Hell Doctors," and they are ticked off about the health care system and insurance companies.

"They basically hijacked the health care system," said Eusterman. "They're profiteering from sickness."

They believe the answer is in the oft-talked-about single-payer health system.

"Single payer would take all of the funds currently spent on health care and put it into a single source, a public funding program," said physician Eugene Uphoff, "and all that money would go to pay medical services."

And they hope Congress will agree.

Representative Earl Blumenauer tells KATU News that the doctors' message could help reach a resolution to the health-care reform controversy.

"The more that we've got professional people who have real life experience to talk about the problems with their patients, I think that's healthy; it's important," said Blumenauer (D-Oregon). "I think the more we can do that, the better off we'll be."

Screenshot of MadAsHellDoctors.comThe physicians plan to document their journey on their website, through videos, Facebook and Twitter.

The doctors will stop in 20 cities along the way to spread their message.

"We consider this a care-a-van across the country," said one participating physician.

And they're hoping others not only jump on board with the idea, but even follow their RV to lobby Congress for a change.

"I want to make a difference," Eusterman said. "This is an incredibly important time in our history."

 

SIDE NOTE: Here's the word from the White House on its plans for the public health care option. Officials at the White House now hint that it could back down on one of the President's top priorities in his fight to reform health care.