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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.

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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 8th, 2010

What Patients Deserve to Know: Even Vegas has to Publish Its Odds

Since millions of American patients face medical debt they didn’t know they’d have – and many if not most of them purchased insurance to protect against that debt – it seems logical to me that patients should be fully informed up front of the financial risks they are taking on ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 4th, 2010

When the Health Reform Truth Oozes Out: And It Isn’t Just

Even the staging of the hand-picked doctors in starched white coats could not keep the truth of the healthcare reform process from oozing out of President Obama during Wednesday’s press event. Not just… “Everything there is to say about healthcare has been said and just about everyone has said it,” ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 15th, 2010

A Mother’s Personal Mission: Healthcare Not Warfare

This week, the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign I help co-chair for Progressive Democrats of America becomes even more deeply personal for me. My son leaves for his volunteer tour of duty in Afghanistan. And I won’t be there to say goodbye. Because I advocate a position of peace, my son ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 8th, 2010

Reframe the Debate: Make Congressional Members Claim Their Dead

Ah, the politics of it all. Healthcare reform may or may not pass through the 111th Congress. President Obama may or may not be successful in crafting further concessions to a Senate or House version of health reform that he dubbed “health insurance reform” in order to step away from ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 2nd, 2010

If Terror is the Measure, It’s Healthcare War

Since I was a little child huddled in the elementary school hallway for the bomb drills to the present day when I listen to the reasons my nation must spend more on foreign military actions, the means of securing public support for war in this nation seems to have centered ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 28th, 2010

The State of My Union Isn't So Great

While the media wonks and policy geeks banter about what President Obama will or won’t say in his first State of the Union address, I’d like to offer my own view of the unfolding U.S. health system crisis. I’m a patient in this system, and I am a wife and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 18th, 2010

Sometimes Disaster Breathes Healthcare Words of Truth

Everybody in, nobody out. It’s the battle cry of millions of people throughout the United States who believe healthcare is a basic human right and who advocate for Medicare for All system as an achievable and just answer to that cry. Everybody in, nobody out. It’s the way we are ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 11th, 2010

White House Believes “Liberal Angst” Over Healthcare Will Go Away

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. – Proverbs 16: 18-19, the Bible My Grandma Delphia used to quote that Bible verse. I wonder if other folks ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 8th, 2010

Promises, Promises: Should This Congress and This President Learn from a Little Lip Reading?

Should Democratic members of the House vote “no” on any reform legislation that includes an excise tax on health benefits? Even if it’s now the President’s preferred funding method for the healthcare insurance company bail-out bill (or health insurance reform bill, as it’s known in the proper political framing terminology)? ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 5th, 2010

It’s Our Lives, It’s Our Money: Do Health Reform In the Sunshine

If there is nothing to protect that relates to national security, every bit of the health reform legislation debate and negotiation should be done in public. Period. We read today that C-SPAN is arguing that the negotiations between the House and the Senate on their healthcare bills need to be ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 31st, 2009

Blood Money 2010: Healthcare in America

Ask patients who need lab work done how that all works out today in America, and then imagine where this trend is going in the future. It’s blood money paid up front and in full or patients must take their chances. Getting laboratory tests or other medical testing done has ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2009

A Patient’s View of the Senate Christmas Healthcare Gift

So, all the great fanfare and all the king’s horses. The great and almighty U.S. Senate has spoken. I will have to buy private health insurance – forever, amen. The defective product that has left me wanting for real healthcare for all of my adult life is now a step ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 22nd, 2009

Senate, White House Health Reform Tucks in Gun Rights

Could we make this stuff up?  We cannot get healthcare as a basic human right for one another.  But we sure can make sure gun ownership protections are tucked into the Senate health reform bill that is so celebrated as historic by the White House.It gives a whole new meaning ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 18th, 2009

Healthcare Crisis Tears at Fabric of Holiday Traditions

Our elected officials in Washington, DC, are rushing to finish their work and get home for the holidays. Many of the people who elected them aren’t so richly blessed. Millions and millions of Americans do not get the Norman Rockwell holiday scene played out in their lives because millions and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 16th, 2009

Sanders Says Single-Payer Day Will Come as He Withdraws Amendment

Sickening.  Saddening.  Maddening.  And the stuff of future determination in the political struggle for healthcare for all in the United States.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont rose to offer his single-payer, Medicare for All amendment No. 2837 and to begin debate.  Then, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2009

Sanders Single-Payer Healthcare Amendment to be Considered in Senate

This is it, Medicare for All, single-payer advocates. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Announced tonight that tomorrow the Senate will hear several more amendments to the health reform bill – and one of those amendments is Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer amendment No. 2837. The amendment also has two other original ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 11th, 2009

Senate Tweaks Away Your Healthcare

As my grandmother used to say, “I was born on a weekend but not last weekend.” The latest insult to Americans hungry for a bit of healthcare justice for all comes from the news that the Senate health bill now allows insurance companies to place annual limits on payments for ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 9th, 2009

Health Reform Advances 2,300 Miles Away from DC

While the healthcare reform legislative debate lumbers on in the Senate, the biggest advance for U.S. patients came early this week in Phoenix.  Nurses joined three separate nurses’ unions into an RN “super union” with the goals of improving the professional lives of clinical RNs and building a healthcare system ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 3rd, 2009

History in a Number: Senate Amendment 2837

The idea of a Medicare for All type, single-payer healthcare system will be heard on the Senate floor.  Late last evening, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed Senate Amendment No. 2837, and there are two additional original co-sponsors of this amendment, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Sherrod Brown ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 22nd, 2009

Before You Carve that Turkey: All In for Bernie Sanders

Those millions of us who support a Medicare for All, single-payer, reform for the healthcare crisis in this nation have some work to do over the next few days. Senators are on their way to their home states for the one-week Thanksgiving recess – and they need a little up ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 18th, 2009

Dickens Revisited, Circa 2009, Healthcare USA

Some Americans will schlep into a local theater to check out Disney’s latest 3-D version of “A Christmas Carol.” They’ll gather up the kids and worry about whether or not it’s appropriate viewing or a little too scary for the wee ones. Other Americans are planning holiday travel and bemoaning ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 6th, 2009

I'll Bet the 10.2 Percent Can’t Keep What They’ve Got

Hey There, Congress and Mr. President. It’s your citizens. Lots of us are losing jobs and benefits. We cannot keep the benefits we’ve got when we lose our jobs. In fact it’s really hard to keep paying all the bills without a job and an income. The new jobless numbers ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 1st, 2009

Nataline Keeps Bending the Arc of Healthcare Justice

"Someday, my story will be your story," Gregor Sarkisyan, father of the late Nataline Sarkisyan, 17, who died December 20, 2007, as CIGNA denied her care. She could be your child, she could be my child, she was his child. Watch Gregor’s still grief-stricken face as he tries again to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 28th, 2009

Single Payer State Option Threatened in House

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the healthcare bill she plans to bring to the floor Thursday, will it still have the amendment that allows individual states the option of bypassing legal barriers to pass state single payer bills? Apparently not, in the latest concession to the insurance industry, Blue ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 28th, 2009

TARP-Loving Joe Loves Bailing Out Banks but Not Providing Healthcare

Are we to believe Senator Joe Lieberman objects to a public health insurance plan because he's a raging believer in the free market or in protecting taxpayers funds? That's just not true Joe. You're a TARP-lover, aren't you? Come on, tell the truth.Joe loved voting for the Troubled Asset Relief ... continue reading

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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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Apr 2nd
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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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Mar 7th
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