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Blogger Profile: Donna Smith

Donna Smith is best known as one of the documentary subjects of Michael Moore’s 2007 movie, "SiCKO." Her journalism career includes 15 regional awards from the AP Managing Editors. Donna now works as executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation, and co-chairs the Progressive Democrats of America’s national "Healthcare Not Warfare" campaign.

Donna Smith's Blogs

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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 15th, 2014

Happy April 15th! What If Our Taxes Paid for Our Health Care?

It's tax day, April 15th. It's a day most Americans learn to dislike. Even some of the most liberal people I know will say negative things about the government collecting taxes, and many conservatives take the anti-taxation talk to extreme levels.I wonder how different this would be if most Americans ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 7th, 2014

Putting Resources Into the Single-Payer Movement -- Now More than Ever

During the most intense period of debate about the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, those who advocated for an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system -- single-payer reform -- activists and advocates gave their time and money to support the movement. It has never been easy for social justice ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 1st, 2014

So Many Ways Corporations Kill People -- GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives

This blog isn't really about health care and the need for an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system, as my writings normally are. But it is about corporate greed and willful disregard for the lives of millions of people. Today I am angry about how GM put ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 31st, 2014

How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law

Many millions of Americans are familiar with the dance of the profit-first health care system in the US. Many have died trying to access care for which they had neither the coverage nor the cash/credit to pay. Many millions of others found a way to get care but were later ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 25th, 2014

Searching for the US Health System's 10,000 Missing Dead in 2014

Who is searching for the US health care system's dead this year? More than 10,000 people have died this year already because they lacked the private or public health coverage or the cash/credit to access the health care that might have saved their lives. And so far as I know, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 19th, 2014

When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight?

We can tally the deaths that we know are caused by denials of care or medical errors in the U.S. health care system, and those numbers are horrifying. Yet most of the American public doesn't pay much attention to the issue, and many only gripe about the health care system ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 9th, 2014

Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch

Michael Milligan has been touring Colorado with the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation performing his one-man play, Mercy Killers. I don't want to give away the plot or the whole story here in case you would yet like to see the show, but I have to write something because ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 27th, 2014

Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity

The dysfunction of the US health care system does more damage than causing the deaths and the bankruptcies forced on the sick and injured who don't have enough coverage or cash to afford life-saving care. The damages extend to robbing millions of people of their personal sense of security and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 20th, 2014

Working Class Movement for Economic Justice in Health Care: Who Leads?

I was listening to a news report this morning and hearing yet another wealthy person ramble on about their ideas on social and economic justice. It seems to me that unless and until working class and poor people are truly leading the movements for economic justice and equality, it will ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 10th, 2014

Barium in My Belly, That Old Familiar Terror in My Gut

I stepped up to the appointment check-in desk last Thursday as I prepared to have the CT scans needed to find out what the heck is going on with my body. Many know I have been ill off and on since the day after Christmas, and I spent a week ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 31st, 2014

Yes, I am Thankful for My Insurance Even as I Fight for Single-Payer

It was the day after Christmas when I fell ill. Just five days before I was due to change insurance policies from the $875/month COBRA/Aetna coverage I had to the new $456/month Kaiser plan I selected from the Connect for Health Colorado exchange site. The Affordable Care Act (with its ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 25th, 2014

'Mercy Killers' -- Drama Sheds Light on the Darkness That is the US Health Care System

If you live in New York City or close enough to get there, there is a one-man show currently on an Off Broadway run that will provide you with a different way to view the US health care system and its deadly dysfunction. The play, "Mercy Killers," written and performed ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 18th, 2014

The Terror of the Night When Sick -- US Health Care System Thrives on It

It has been a long time since I last posted here. I have been very ill. And the longest hours have come through the nights when the rest of the world goes to sleep and rests up. The lonely, fearful hours of the night are even more so when physical ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 31st, 2013

The Year End Countdowns Never Include the 45,000 Health Care Dead in the US

Soon, we'll begin counting down all the things about 2013 that were significant, And among those countdowns will be the list of those lost in 2013 -- the passing of people of note. Celebrities and politicians will be remembered. Media phony patriotism will allow a nod to the US troops ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2013

Christmas 2013: It's Cheaper for My Health Coverage by Half Thanks to Obamacare

The health reform I want and will continue to push to achieve is public, universal, single-payer -- improved and expanded Medicare for all for life. I hope that has been made clear not only in words written and spoken but also in the life I have lived through my fight ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 18th, 2013

Tis the Season to Remember How Far We have Yet to Go to Fix the US Health Care System

There is nothing very pretty about hurting for health care. And during this season that is supposed to bring so many of us together to celebrate the possibilities for peace and goodwill toward one another, it's almost harder to watch the numbers keep mounting as the U.S. health care system ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 12th, 2013

US Health Care System -- Needing the Same Beast that Broke Me

On the verge of my surgery tomorrow, I am worried as much about surprise financial impacts as I am unexpected health issues. The hospital's pharmacy already called me and collected, in advance, my co-pay for the anti-clotting shots I will need when I go home. Now I half expect to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 7th, 2013

How Many Health Care Pearl Harbors?

It's a day we all remember in American and world history because of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the immediate escalation of World War II following that day. On December 7, 1941, 2,402 people were killed and 1,282 were injured. The US casualties during World War II exceeded 418,000 ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 2nd, 2013

Waking Up in Strange Places -- Eight Moves in Seven Years

The first move I remember was when we moved from 483 East Merle Lane in Wheeling, IL, to 801 North Princeton in Arlington Heights, IL, when I was 9 years old. It was Thursday, March 21, 1963. I was terrified to move. And when I woke up the first morning ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 27th, 2013

Grateful to Be Alive for the Fight for Health Care Justice

But for the grace of God, there go I. I am a member of the bankrupt-for-health-care-club in America, but I am not among the dead. I am grateful to be here for another Thanksgiving to keep up the fight for health care justice in my home state of Colorado and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 18th, 2013

Saving Money, But Losing Doctors on ACA Exchange

Finally, I was able to get the Medicaid denial I was waiting for and proceed to shop for new health insurance coverage on the Connect for Health Colorado Affordable Care Act/Obamacare exchange. As unpleasant as the unnecessary and intrusive Medicaid application process was, including the 37 day wait to have ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 14th, 2013

Health Economists Ignore Working Class Realities

Ah, the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. We’ve all been inundated with the stories about the rocky launch of the Healthcare.gov website, the policy cancellations that drop people from coverage rather than meet minimum standards required by the ACA, and other issues like the one I have faced with a deeply flawed ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 13th, 2013

Medicaid Denied, Now On to the Exchange Until We Have Medicare for All for Life

Well, it took 36 days, but I can finally begin the journey to see if I will be able to afford coverage under an insurance policy offered on the Connect for Health Colorado exchange. I had to first apply and be denied Medicaid benefits, and the denial was stalled. (You ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 5th, 2013

Stop the Political Marketing and Get Honest: People are Going Broke and Dying

It is sickening and frightening. Think I am talking about my cancer struggle? Nope. It's the current state of discussion by elected officials and even by some health policy experts on the dysfunctional implementation of the insurance exchange sign-up portion of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.Behind all this political posturing on ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 31st, 2013

Want to Be Terrified? You Could Be as SiCKO as Me

Happy Halloween out there. Since it's the day for all things scary, keep this in mind. You could be just one illness away from the same sort of SiCKO financial collapse that my husband Larry and I experienced while carrying health insurance, disability insurance and a small health savings account.Worse ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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