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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

June 22nd, 2010

US Social Forum in Detroit: Activists Converge on Motor City

The summer sun was hot as marchers made their way down Woodward back to Cobo Hall in Detroit for the opening ceremonies of the US Social Forum.  But spirits were high and the collective energy of so many activists devoted to social justice gathering in one place was more than ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 21st, 2010

Anniversary of an American SiCKO

Michael Moore’s documentary, SiCKO, opened in theaters across the United States three years ago this week. I had seen it once in May of 2007 along with several others who were also subjects featured in the film, so for six weeks before the wider premier, my anticipation of events to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 15th, 2010

Humiliation and Shame: Part of Being Insured in America

Oh, the things we did not fix in the healthcare bill are shocking. Just as seniors falling into the Medicare drug benefit donut hole begin to get the $250 checks meant to calm their fears about our new healthcare legislation, the rest of us would do well to remember the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 4th, 2010

NHCHC: A Conference That Love Built

SAN FRANCISCO – Once every year, the amazing people who work to provide healthcare services to the homeless people of America gather to learn, to share and to re-energize. This week the National Health Care for the Homeless Council has been convening its national conference on the West Coast, in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 28th, 2010

Remembering Memorial Day

It’s a bit silly to look back on a simpler – or at least less cluttered – time and long to recreate those moments. But as the days grow longer and warmer perhaps longings such as these are to be expected. The neighborhood picnic, the block party, the community parade, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 24th, 2010

Pallor and Pain; Sorrow and Stain

Over this past weekend, I watched more coverage on the BP Gulf oil spill and felt this growing sense of deep sadness and rage. The spill threatens so much more than we can yet fathom as we see this most recent fouling of our planet unfolding slowly, steadily and insistently ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 17th, 2010

More for TV than for Healthcare in America’s Hospitals

Many American patients pay more for television access in their hospital rooms than foreign patients pay for the care they receive. It’s yet another hard reality of our system. We know what we value in our nation’s healthcare empire, and what we value is profit. And while it might be ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 13th, 2010

Nurses Scrub the Place Down in DC

Sometimes, Washington, DC, can be a pretty stuffy place. It’s not just all the business suits and the clickety-clack of high-heels down the marble hallways as staffers rush to and fro doing the bidding of their Congressional members. It’s not just the daily drone of anemic cries for civility from ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 8th, 2010

Bombs for Moms 2010

We Americans like to bomb moms. Whether it’s in a far away country where we send our children to kill other mothers and their children or whether it’s here at home where we drop economic and cultural and sexist bombs on moms, we definitely like to bomb moms. Then we ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 6th, 2010

I love the Greek strike

I really love the Greek general strike. I love our stock market falling in response, I must admit. I suspect lots of other broke people like me do too. We have nothing left to lose and certainly no stock to lose value.  Our pride went long ago.  Our house went.  ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 23rd, 2010

April 23, 2010 – Happy 56th Birthday Michael Moore

Happy 56, Michael. Thank you for doing all the courageous things and the fun things you have done in your 56 years. Our nation would be far less just than it is right now without your films, your humor, your courage, your talent and your unwillingness to just throw in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 22nd, 2010

Everybody In, Nobody Out: At Temple and Beyond an Injury to One is an Injury to All

When you see the faces of the members of PASNAP (Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals) on strike at Temple University Hospital and perhaps most especially when you see the faces of their children walking on the picket line with them, you embrace the reality of why these ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 18th, 2010

Is the Shaw’s and Star Market’s Mission in Massachusetts to Harm Expectant Mothers?

BOSTON – With cut-out smiling figures of Barack and Michelle Obama in the background, two striking warehouse workers told a crowd gathered in Boston on Saturday the horrifying reality they face at the hands of Shaw’s Supermarket management. One young man’s wife is six months pregnant and on April 1, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 15th, 2010

24 Hours in a U.S. Patient’s Life with No Hope for Change

It’s 10:45 p.m. when the patient’s legs begin to shake.  First like a chill setting in and then more like a tremor.  The only thing that helps is standing.  As the shaking continues, the patient breaks out in a cold sweat and has a mild chest discomfort, something he has ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 14th, 2010

Temple Students ‘Die-In’ To Oppose Exploitation of Workers

PHILADELPHIA – “Should I care if someone else is being exploited?” asked Kate Harkins, 21, of Schuylkill County, PA, who is a junior majoring in American Studies at Temple.  “If we don’t stand up for those workers now, then down the road when we are workers, conditions will not be ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 7th, 2010

Has a Nurse Ever Helped You? Time to Step Up

PHILADELPHIA – Nurses at Temple University Hospital are on strike. They have been on strike since March 31, when after months of working without a contract, they had finally had enough. More than 1,500 members of the Pennsylvania Staff Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (PASNAP) who work at the busy ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 4th, 2010

Temple Strike Day Four: In Your Easter Bonnet

PHILADELPHIA -- Well, it wasn’t an Easter parade coming through Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, but it was a march by striking registered nurses and other Temple University Hospital health professionals that included lots of kids and family members deferring the activities that usually mark the spring holiday weekend. On the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 3rd, 2010

RNs on Strike at Temple: Snapshots from Day Three on the Line

A transplant doctor steps into the crowd of picketing nurses and other health professionals at Temple and says how much he hopes this is all over soon.  “I just cannot transplant anyone this way,” he shares. No one takes any pleasure in his statement, but another RN asks him about ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 29th, 2010

Undaunted: Movement for Improved Medicare for All Grows in Illinois and Across the Nation

Just blocks from President Obama's Hyde Park home south of the Loop in Chicago, more than 70 activists gathered on Saturday, March 27, 2010, to plan strategy for advancing an improved and expanded Medicare for all system as the law of the land.  Activists across the nation are undaunted by the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 24th, 2010

Entitlement Reform: The Real Language of Hatred

While we might want to get angry about language and ugliness surfacing during the national discussion of the health insurance reform bill just signed into law, the real nasty language dripping with contempt and loathing for the unwashed masses of America is the language of “entitlement reform.” Just as supposedly ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 22nd, 2010

SiCKOs Lament: Health Bill Passage

So, it’s a new day in America, the Dem’s leadership proclaims-- I’m to believe that just like the passage of Social Security in 1935 and Medicare in 1965, this healthcare bill will bring long-term and profound changes to the broken healthcare system in ways that will make me more able ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 18th, 2010

‘Healthcare Not Warfare’ Brown Bag Vigils Spread to 89 Congressional Districts

It has been an odd week for those of us who believe in an end to war and also believe in a progressively financed single standard of high quality care for all.Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio spearheaded an historic debate and vote on the House floor on Afghanistan war funding ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 16th, 2010

It’s Really Quite Simple: Do We Value Each Life in America?

The question is straightforward and simple. Do we value each life? Yes or no. No matter what Congress passes or doesn’t pass, no matter what the President signs, no matter who buys insurance or has a subsidy to buy it, no matter which person is on Medicaid or Medicare or ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 14th, 2010

When Patients Own the System: A Progressively Financed, Single Standard of Care for All

The national legislative healthcare fix that may be passed by the 111th Congress and then signed by President Obama will do little to relieve the stresses felt by most patients in this country. The steady decline most of us have seen in the kind of quality medical services we need ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 10th, 2010

Musicians Add to Call for Medicare for All

This man – struggling with his own healthcare mess – is using his talents in music and composition to reach out for meaningful change in this healthcare mess. Bob Wickline of Fox Island, WA, hopes that his music will join that of other artists all over the nation in calling ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

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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"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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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

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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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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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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