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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

October 31st, 2012

Dead Woman Working: Fear in Every Storm

Working people in America have so much more to fear than brutal weather conditions when horrible storms like Hurricane Sandy (aka, tropical cyclone Sandy or super storm Sandy) come into our lives. Of course we fear the physical threats that the news and weather stations forecast. But we also fear ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 21st, 2012

Dead Woman Working: Who is the Best Looking Candidate?

Several years ago, it made me angry when I heard a family member remark that she was voting for the candidate who she felt was the best looking.  How superficial, I thought. Certainly, we ought to be voting more for a person's policies and leadership qualities rather than having a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 13th, 2012

Dead Woman Working: Why Won’t Someone Make Social Security Stronger?

Gutting Medicare and Social Security would make looking forward to retirement much more frightening for millions of working class Americans. That seems a simple statement that anyone could understand. Yet, I don't hear or see a public outcry against the sorts of changes that everyone with any power in American ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 4th, 2012

Debate This: I’m 57 and I’ll Care Until I Die

The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age.  I’m not that selfish.  I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs.  I care ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 2nd, 2012

Dead Woman Working: So Much Fear, So Little Time

For many Americans, perhaps millions, the daily struggle to survive involves a significant amount of disconnection from our own realities.  Worry and fear about staying afloat financially can and do cloud lives all around us – we mark our next steps by what we can afford not by what we ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 19th, 2012

Dead Woman Working: Cancer and Multi-tasking for Care

It’s 2012, and being a cancer patient means being prepared to multi-task.  From the first inklings that cancer might be one of the possible outcomes of a diagnostic journey, to notifying family and friends of test results, to studying up on treatments and drugs, to staying current with work and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 11th, 2012

September 11th and Love

Each year on September 11th, I feel a deep sense of love and peace.  In fact, it is one of the few days of the year that remains so for me.  I understand that for those who lost loved ones and friends in the September 11th attacks of 2001 in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 31st, 2012

Dead Woman Working: I’m No Robin Roberts

If you follow morning television at all or have it droning in the background as I often do while getting ready for my day, then you may have followed the cancer story of ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts.  Her struggle has been an awful one, as is often ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 22nd, 2012

Aetna Builds Empire: One Denial at A Time

It’s a business.  It’s big business, and it’s all about the money.  When plans for Aetna to purchase Coventry Health for $5.7 billion surfaced this week, all I could think about is where people like me –  Aetna’s insured – figure in the business models.  I’m not a patient in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 15th, 2012

Dead Woman Working: American Dream Died Long Ago

It was a slow and torturous death, my American dream.  And for millions of others, I am guessing it is the same.  Nothing this current round of politicos is planning to do can restore it.  Just like there is nothing to being a little bit pregnant, there is nothing anyone ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 7th, 2012

Profits or Patients? Aetna and HCA Answer Without Hesitation

My tweet yesterday said I’d write about the three pieces of mail I received from my insurance company, Aetna, this week.  All three confirmed it.  In their eyes and in every manner of decision they make, I am either a medical loss if a claim must be paid or I ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 3rd, 2012

The High Cost of U.S. Health System Dysfunction

While the human costs of our dysfunctional health system are staggering in terms of death, suffering, and financial trauma for patients and families, we pay a steep economic price over the long haul when we follow patients and discover the ongoing costs and the collateral damage to our economy.  A ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 29th, 2012

Insurance Companies Gaming the System – Don’t Be Fooled

Has your insurance company called you recently to ask you to sign up for a wellness or disease management program?  Has that same company told you it’s a free service to policyholders and promised you that they do not share the information with the departments and people who administer your ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 26th, 2012

Healthcare, Migratory Waterfowl, Sparrows, Guns and Our Children

Most often, I am writing about healthcare reform and making our way to one single standard of high quality care for all under an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system.  And certainly as I write this, I think every person facing physical or emotional injuries from the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 24th, 2012

Justice Unresolved and How We Forget Survivors

Horror.  Horrific.  Unthinkable violence.  Death around us.  Resolve to recover and to remember those killed and injured.  Media frenzy to show the trauma.  The pattern of how we deal with mass murders in America is now becoming standard operating procedure for the media and also, unfortunately, for many communities.  And ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 20th, 2012

Today in Aurora, 19 Years Washed Away

Nineteen years ago, on a chilly evening just before Christmas 1993, Ben, Sylvia, Coleen and Marge died and Bobby was shot at the hands of a lone gunman at the Aurora, CO, Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor where my son Russ was working.  Russ had arrived home early from his ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 12th, 2012

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

What: SiCKO Reunion on final summer 2012 Medicare for all bus tour stop in California When: Thursday, July 12 – health screenings 3:00-6:00 pm, and town hall at 6:30 pm Where: West Covina City Hall, 1444 W Garvey Ave Today in West Covina, the California Nurses Association summer 2012 Medicare ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 11th, 2012

Why Not Healthcare for the World? Get On the Bus

After spending the past month on the California Nurses Association Medicare for all bus tour in California, I am more confident than ever about the prospects of winning guaranteed healthcare for all under an improved Medicare model.  Cradle to grave.  For life.  In California.  Everywhere. Our wonderful videographer, Erin Fitzgerald, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 9th, 2012

For Our Health or Your Wealth, That is the Question

Patients find it very difficult to tell in our dysfunctional healthcare system in the U.S. whether we are being cared for as people or being worked over for profit potential.  It’s frustrating and painful to hear ourselves referred to as consumers or customers rather than patients.   Rest assured that when ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 5th, 2012

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California:  I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion.  So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on.  It’s a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 1st, 2012

For Tracy, Jr., and for Mychelle: Our SiCKO Struggle Continues

SiCKO turned five this week.  The Michael Moore film that exposed the brutalities of the U.S. healthcare system and what that system has done to injure real, insured Americans turned five.  And along with that anniversary came both sober realities and the healing support that only one SiCKO can give ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 28th, 2012

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers: Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day.  And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity.  The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 26th, 2012

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts.  The stories hurt.  The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts.  This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California.  And just as you cannot unring a bell, there is no way you can unfeel the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 22nd, 2012

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare.  Cancer doesn’t care.  Obamacare.  Romneycare.  No matter.  Cancer doesn’t care.  But the nurses do.Unrelenting and not fearful of any CEO’s rage or the loss of a political contribution, cancer, illness and injury ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 20th, 2012

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America.  After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare for all to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. As the ... continue reading

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Apr 5th
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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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Apr 3rd
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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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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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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

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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Mar 12th
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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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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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