A group of activists known as the Mad As Hell Doctors (MAHD) is on the road again throughout California, taking part in 26 rallies and town halls from Arcata to the state Capitol in Sacramento on Oct. 12.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the group will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. in an interactive event that is free and open to the public at Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice.

The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Health Care for All-California and Physicians for a National Health Program.

The activist group is comprised of physicians, nurses, patient advocates and other health care providers and advocates for a national single-payer, improved Medicare-for-All health care system, where everyone is covered, co-pays and deductibles are eliminated, and health care decisions are left to patients and their doctors.

The recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does little to provide these elements and further entrenches the current medical-industrial complex, which is the “cause of our health care system’s failure and its unsustainable upward cost spiral,” event organizers claim.

“Many people say this legislation was a step in the right direction,” said Dr. Paul Hochfeld, Mad As Hell Doctor member and producer/director of “Health, Money and Fear.”

“It is more like we have started looking in the right direction with better community health funding and preventive care, but we are unable to take a substantial step in the right direction because we are tethered and distracted by profit motives and fragmentation.”

MAHD has reached out to local California groups and created a network of coordinators linking together organizations that are advocating on the local level for true, comprehensive health care reform, said MAHD representatives.

They hope this will strengthen efforts to pass Senate Bill (SB) 810, the California Universal Health Care Act, which many single payer advocates consider a step towards a national system of universal health care.

The Mad As Hell Doctors said they provide a fun, engaging, educating experience through their events. With a social network on Facebook of over 11,000 and a dynamic Web site, the group said it plans to once again document its journey with daily blog updates, videos, photos and media from the road.

Information, www.facebook.com/MadDrs/, or www.madashelldoctors.com/.

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