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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

December 29th, 2010

Let It Snow: We Need the Leadership

Whether it’s snow, wind or flood or acute injury or illness or sudden and unexpected loss of job, food, shelter or basic necessities of life, crisis happens in most lives and in most communities. We are human, and sometimes the forces of nature or man-made forces larger than our own ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2010

'Twas the Night Before 2010 Christmas in America

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation, Not a creature had true healthcare, except the richest in station. The wealthy were planning, all smug and all flush, For the days of their future, and their settings most plush. Other children of poor folks were weary of hearing ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2010

Silent Night, Lonely Night 2010

Susan Boyle sings on CNN. Life marches on. Richard Holbrooke is dead. Rest in peace, Ambassador. It is said you put up a valiant fight. Here I sit in Kansas City. No one knows I am alone; no one would grieve if I should die. No breaking news here. Just ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 9th, 2010

Republicans Crush Hope for 9/11 Heroes

Tis the season. As the Republicans gloat over the tax breaks they’ve fought so hard to protect for the wealthy and the potential to extend those Bush-era breaks for two more years, 9/11 first responders asked them just to allow a vote on their bill -- the James Zadroga 9/11 ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 30th, 2010

News Flash: 123 Americans Dead, No WikiLeaks Connection

Today, in cites and states across the United States, 123 people died because they lacked enough money to buy healthcare services. That brings the annual death toll for 2010 to 41,082. WikiLeaks had nothing to do with the deaths of the 123 people who died today or any of the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 23rd, 2010

Rich Person's Tempest: Patients are used to being frisked

The TSA doesn’t hold a candle to the admissions’ desk clerks in U.S. hospitals or the front desk personnel in most U.S. doctors’ offices. Patients – especially the poorer among us whether insured or not – are used to being felt up and checked out before we get any services. ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 19th, 2010

Confusion Trips Up 'Confuser' Turned Whistleblower

Sometimes you cannot make up the twists and turns in life that burst forward out of the relatively predictable stuff. Such is the case as for-profit, private health insurance spokesperson turned whistleblower, Wendell Potter, made what might have seemed at the time a minor gaffe. During one of his book ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 17th, 2010

What Value Do They Add to U.S. Healthcare?

Most Americans I know really don’t like to get ripped off. We don’t mind paying for something that is what we thought we were paying for. We just hate the feeling of having been taken. And boy, are we being taken en masse by the private health insurance industry. Doubt ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 8th, 2010

For Larry –- and Against Things that Go Bump in the Night

In Denver tonight, I close myself in a hotel room and wonder what might have been. But I also marvel what has been and what will be and what must be for us all in the future. In the shadows of the places where my marriage began and my children ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 28th, 2010

Being SiCKO in a Tea Party Nation

RENO, Nevada -- I ventured backward in my memories to the fall of 2006 and wondered what might have happened differently if the Tea Party ruled this nation. It’s not that I am thrilled with the current state of political reality, but I am worried that if the trend toward ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 24th, 2010

Selfish Sarah, Selfish Sharron not the Women I Learned to Trust

Why in the world we’ve been asked to trust the selfish sisters of the 2010 American political races, I do not know. Sarah Palin is a woman of privilege who preaches the gospel of selfishness, yet she travels around the country providing motivation for her minions and for candidates like ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 16th, 2010

Sleeping Free of Healthcare Fear

Stress kills. Stress makes people sick. So wouldn’t it make sense that a reduction in stress might actually save lives? How about families? And jobs? And freedom from want and fear? It makes perfect sense. But that’s not what we’re all about in the United States. We don’t believe in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 10th, 2010

Bankers Show No Mercy, Feel No Obligation

For the purposes of giving fair warning, this piece is not about healthcare and extending a progressively financed, single standard of high quality care to all. This piece is about bankers. To the extent that bankers are closely aligned with their friends in other financial services industries – like private, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 30th, 2010

Gimme a Break, Real Women Don’t Abhor Compassion

It’s about now that the campaign ads start to annoy beyond belief – especially in this year of the nasty, selfish and supposedly self-made, conservative woman candidate. They may not know it, but compassion is strength. It’s easy to be selfish and self-absorbed but it takes a real woman to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 27th, 2010

Firefighter’s Family Gets the Healthcare Boot

You’ve seen them. I’ve seen them. Around Labor Day especially. Firefighters standing on the street corners of America with firefighters’ boots collecting money for Jerry’s kids, kids who have muscular dystrophy. What we often don’t see or hear are the stories behind some of those street-corner firefighter-fundraisers. I heard one ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 21st, 2010

A Divide So Wide, A Disconnect So Deep

Our national obsession with individualism and the attainment of personal wealth is so sick and so deep for some of our fellow citizens that even the bonds of marriage are often no match for the selfishness. A woman with advanced breast cancer schedules her chemo and her radiation so that ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 11th, 2010

For One Day, No Hate Crime

The world mobilizes around the issue of religious intolerance – and the media has done its part. The Gainesville minister who shows hatred and religious intolerance on behalf of a Christian God clearly does not speak for all Christians even if he claims to know the will of God. Hatred ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 6th, 2010

News Flash, “Tony Orlando Postponed” – Oh, and 123 Dead Again Today

This morning as I was pulling my Labor Day weekend brain cells back to consciousness with my first morning cup of coffee, I saw the scroll. “Tony Orlando concert postponed in New Jersey amid fears of Hurricane Earl aftermath.” I almost flew out of my chair. I watched for a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 27th, 2010

Two-faced Corporate Personhood: Elected and Convicted

Forgive me for being a tad confused. I am finding it difficult to understand why one person goes to jail for privately selling an appointment for elected office while others have a legal right to buy their elected positions. The U.S. Supreme Court says corporations are persons in terms of ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 16th, 2010

What Midterms? It’s All About Paying the Bills

Seems hard for elected folks and think tankers and others in the upper crust to imagine or recall, but most Americans aren’t spending a lot of time thinking about the subtleties of political gamesmanship or strategy for the midterm elections. Most Americans are thinking about paying the bills. The insistent ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 30th, 2010

Nation Fails to Honor, Protect 9/11 Heroes Again

For nearly nine years the 9/11 rescue workers have labored to have access to healthcare to treat the injuries sustained when they worked at ground zero on September 11, 2001, when planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. And the bill that would finally have granted those ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 27th, 2010

Who Tells the Dead Patient Stories Now?

Since the health insurance reform bill passed this past spring, you’d think we suddenly stopped having American patients die and suffer unimaginable horror at the hands of the corporate owned and operated healthcare business system in the United States. No one tells the stories. The reality is that patients were ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 7th, 2010

What We Make Our Sisters Do for Healthcare

Sisters, we are allowing great pain and suffering. Sisters, we are doing more than allowing great pain and suffering, we are participating in it. All around us, our moms, our daughters, our cousins, our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and, yes, our sisters are fighting in quiet desperation against a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 30th, 2010

It’s About Human Rights, Not the Money

No matter which intellectual or which political candidate or which self-righteous activist from which camp on the right or the left or anywhere in-between says differently, the absolute need to reform and transform our healthcare system still rests in the outing of the human rights violations and the human suffering. ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 25th, 2010

I Can See Healthcare From Here

DETROIT – As I wake each morning here in Detroit at the US Social Forum, I glance just a few hundred yards across the way, and I know people have healthcare without regard to financial or other barriers. And it hurts like hell to see the cars “over there” winding ... continue reading

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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...

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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...

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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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Mar 19th
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Mar 19th
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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...

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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

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