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May 3rd, 2010

Universal health care advocates rally in Vermont

MONTPELIER, VT -- Hopeful that Montpelier can do what Washington didn’t, hundreds of people who want single-payer health care gathered in Vermont’s capital Saturday, staging a noisy, sign-waving march and rally. The medium was the message -- busing or driving in from Bennington, Rutland, Brattleboro, Burlington and elsewhere, they sang ... continue reading

April 24th, 2010

House passes Vt.'s own take on health reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont lawmakers made clear Friday that recently enacted federal health care reform did not go far enough toward a public model, passing legislation that could bring to the state the "public option" health insurance rejected by Washington or even a Canadian-style single-payer system.By a vote of 91-42, ... continue reading

April 24th, 2010

House Passes Vermont's Take On Health Reform

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- It's expected a House-Senate conference committee will have to work out differences between Vermont's two legislative chambers over health care reform.The House on Friday passed its own version of a bill passed earlier by the Senate that could move the state toward a Canadian-style single-payer health care ... 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 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

March 16th, 2010

Michael Moore: Dems 'Were Handed The Ball And Couldn't Take It 10 Yards Down The Field'

The only way Democrats may be able to salvage November, according to Michael Moore, is to "find their courage" this week, add a public option back to the health care bill and start passing as much liberal legislation as possible."Maybe they won't win. But their boat is sinking. And when ... 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

March 10th, 2010

Stupak Gets A Primary Challenge From The Left

A former teacher and county commissioner will challenge Rep. Bart Stupak in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported this afternoon. Connie Saltonstall, a former commissioner in Charlevoix County, told me this evening she's challenging Stupak over his refusal to allow health care reform to ... continue reading

March 8th, 2010

Palin Crossed Border For Canadian Health Care

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system."We used to hustle over the border for health ... continue reading

March 5th, 2010

The Cure That Dares Not Speak Its Name

In all of the debates about health care reform, one of the stubborn realities is that neither the Obama plan, nor any of the Republican alternatives, will seriously alter the trajectory of relentless cost-escalation in health care. If you look at the Administration's own projections of federal deficits in the ... continue reading

March 4th, 2010

States will usher in health care reform

Forget Congressional action on meaningful health care reform. It’s clear that whatever national health care legislation is passed, its main intent will be the preservation of a for-profit system. Actual delivery of health care to all Americans who need it remains a lesser priority than keeping the system profitable. The ... 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

February 26th, 2010

The Missing Voices at the Healthcare Summit

President Obama and congressional Republicans arrived at the White House health care summit with talking points -- not just for the summit itself but for the after-summit jockeying to claim the upper hand coming out of a session that always had more to do with messaging than making progress to ... 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

February 4th, 2010

Medicare-for-all doctors arrested outside Obama-GOP meeting

Rising to President Obama’s challenge in his State of the Union address that others come up with a better approach to health care reform than his own, two Maryland physicians who advocate for a single-payer program stood on the sidewalk this morning outside the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, where the ... continue reading

February 4th, 2010

What I Have Learned Doing Civil Disobedience for Single Payer

"People should go where they are not supposed to go, say what they are not supposed to say, and stay when they are told to leave." --Howard Zinn Well, that quote pretty well sums up "what to do." But my biggest challenge is "how." Specifically, how do I neutralize some ... continue reading

January 28th, 2010

California Senate approves single-payer health care proposal despite governor's veto pledge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate approved creating a government-run health care system for the nation's most populous state on Thursday, ignoring a veto threat from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Supporters said it is time for state legislatures to take up the debate as the Obama Administration's national health care ... continue reading

January 20th, 2010

Dems Eye Bold Plan to Salvage Health Care

Democratic insiders say they are weighing several options to save health care reform, and one actually may be bold enough to revive a depressed, turned-off Democratic base: use the obscure reconciliation loophole to pass a public option.“Let’s do a public option, or let’s go back and do a single-payer plan,” ... continue reading

January 20th, 2010

Blame the all-powerful left!

I have a contribution this morning to the New York Times examining the Scott Brown victory, and I'll post the link to it once it's up.  But for the moment, I want to address two equally moronic themes emerging over the last couple of days which seek to blame the omnipotent, ... 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 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

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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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