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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 28th, 2013

Keeping Our Health Care Heroes In Mind and Heart

As we all listen and watch the political posturing around the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, which has dragged on for years now but elevated in intensity as the state insurance exchanges went live, perhaps we can pause to pay attention to some of the heroes for health care justice in the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 23rd, 2013

The Lessons My Cancer Teaches in a Dysfunctional Society

Some say I should never call it "my" cancer. But after three rounds of this fight waged and two won so far, I think I am entitled (yes, I said entitled) to call this whatever I wish to call it. So, it is my cancer. It is my cancer struggle, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 13th, 2013

Cancer Chronicles and the ACA/Rombamacare

Because I have never seen the situation Larry and I face as unique within the dysfunctional, profit-driven US health care system, I think what is happening to us is happening to many more people. My cancer chronicles will follow not only what is happening with my disease but also how ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 9th, 2013

Waiting and Waiting Some More -- But Keeping Up Anyway Until We Cannot Any More

We're waiting for my cancer test results. Since last week. I expect someone has the results. But I expect they're just too busy to call me or post to the "patient portal" where I could look for myself and then interpret via web search.We've been waiting for a while for ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 3rd, 2013

Wanting Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Success and Medicare for All for Life

Yes, it is true. I want the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare to be successful, and I want single-payer, improved and expanded Medicare for all for life. I can hear it now, and almost predict who will be saying it, "Oh, Donna's a single-payer sell-out. Look, she said she wants the ACA ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 29th, 2013

Marching Toward a Fitting End Game: First Broke, Then Dead

We drove to Colorado Springs yesterday to start work on a new chapter of Health Care for All Colorado. HCAC is working to achieve health care reform under an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system. In order to achieve that goal, we must build grassroots support and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 23rd, 2013

It's Just a Mattress and Medicare for All for Life, Huh?

So, a mattress?  A wet mattress?  And what in the world does that have to do with Medicare for all for life and fixing the dysfunctional US health care system?  So the floods came in Colorado, and so my living quarters were flooded and now have a smell somewhere between ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 17th, 2013

So the Floods Came, and Brought More Economic Injustice

This blog will be a departure from the usual as I have been flood-involved here in Colorado for the past several days. I felt terrible about not getting my daily blog done.  The health care dead and broke in the US kept mounting up as the waters and the floods ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 13th, 2013

As My World Turns Around Health Care Access and Costs Not Health

For more than 25 years now, my world has revolved around securing health care for my family and myself. I am glad the kids are grown and gone now so they can access care on their own more effectively than being chained to two aging parents with health issues. Even ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 11th, 2013

To The Sense of Humanity We Shared on 9/11/01, The US Health Care System Should Pay Heed

It seemed on September 11, 2001, we didn't care so much whether individuals trapped in the Twin Towers of The World Trade Center or on the airplanes used as missiles in Pennsylvania and DC were rich or poor, were homeowners or renters, or had health insurance or not. We knew ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 5th, 2013

Death March Goes On as Many Wait to See How Obamacare Works Out

It seems everyone is waiting to see what Obamacare will do for us. Meanwhile, people are dying because their illnesses don't wait to see how Obamacare works out. And the bill collectors don't slow their pursuit of debts because they are waiting to see how Obamacare works out. The dead ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 2nd, 2013

When Our Neighbors Wish Us Dead or Broke, We're in Trouble with More Than Our Health Care System

His eyes were clear and his stare intense as one young man who stopped at our booth at the Colorado State Fair argued with me about whether or not health care is a right or a privilege in this country. Actually, he wasn't arguing with as much as he was ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 31st, 2013

Wish Someone Had the Courage to Wage a Humanitarian Rescue of Those Dying for Health Care in the US

Is it because the deaths aren't seen as being so gruesome as a drone strike or chemical weapons launch? Is it because the deaths happen slowly, painfully, but often quietly at home or on the streets of America where we accept death will come to the poor and those who ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 23rd, 2013

Circular Political Logic Kills People and Single-Payer Reform, So Long as We Allow It

On an early morning conference call this morning, I heard the circular logic being used in high level political circles to effectively block any progress beyond the Affordable Care Act. Many elected officials in the United States are playing political games with next steps for advancing health reform as they ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 22nd, 2013

Killing of Australian Chris Lane in OK Shameful Example of Societal Ignorance

It is heartbreaking to think of any young person being gunned down for fun or for sport or for just about any reason (especially to relieve boredom), but after just having returned from Australia where I was so warmly received by its gracious and generous people, it hurts to learn ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 18th, 2013

Aetna Keeps Lying as My Welcome Home Doesn't Seem So Welcoming, and Health Care Dead and Broke Mounting Up

While I was in Australia speaking to audiences about why that country would do well to fight off more privatization of their health system, little changed here in the U.S. in terms of the poor coverage of our national health crisis and the numbers of people dying or going broke. ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 27th, 2013

Why Don't Our Laws Apply to the US Health Care Industry?

It is a shame that the laws that apply to many other areas of life and business in America are just not applicable to the US health care industry.Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and health providers can and do demand payment up front for services not yet rendered, not yet fully ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 22nd, 2013

Giving Birth to Fear and Worry in the US Health Care System

So, William and Kate have a new baby boy. Britain has a new heir to the throne, and the world was watching. Congratulations to the new parents, grandparents and the nation celebrating. And a special congratulations to you all for having the kind of health care system that won't kill ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 21st, 2013

Overheard at the US Drug Pharmacy Counter: Greed in Action

At our local pharmacy counter, we often hear way too many stories of trauma and anger as people try to negotiate through a for-profit health care system that fights to keep profits growing ever higher by denying medications. We know our struggles are shared because we cannot help but overhear ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 11th, 2013

Public Citizen Releases Ground-Breaking Report, Colorado Answers Call for State Reform

From the press release dated July 10, 2013:How States Can Get Close to a Single-Payer SystemPublic Citizen Releases Road Map for States to Achieve Unified, Universal Health Care; Distributes to State Lawmakers Throughout U.S.WASHINGTON, D.C. – "The steps a state would need to take to move toward creating a single-payer ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 8th, 2013

You Cannot Kid a Kidder, Though the US Health System Thinks It Can

My mom and dad used to tell me, "You can't kid a kidder," as a way to impress upon me that they could probably tell when I was trying to be less than honest with an explanation for my behavior. They also said that when they felt someone was being ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 4th, 2013

It Isn't Universal Health Care If It Isn't Universal

Learning about the Obama administration's decision to allow businesses to delay full implementation of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare employer mandates to provide health insurance coverage didn't exactly surprise me. For a very long time now, corporate interests in the United States have taken precedence over individual human rights. Corporate profits, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 27th, 2013

It's Murder By Greed in the US Health Care System

If you know someone is in danger of death or grave bodily harm, you have the means to save the person, and you purposely do not do what you can do to save that life, is that murder? It sure seems like it to me.Every day in America, 123 people ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 23rd, 2013

To Hell With the U.S. Health Care Dead and Broke, We are Junkies for Celebrity

Come on, now.  I've tested this out for weeks. We outright kill 123 people every day in America with our health care system greed and neglect, and we bankrupt nearly 2,000 more each day.  In every state in the nation, every city, and every neighborhood we let the sick and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 6th, 2013

How Many Precious Gifts, Like Andrea Bocelli's, Murdered for Health Care Profits in America?

Last evening, I was lucky enough to attend the best concert I have ever seen or heard.  Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was in Denver for one of his very few North American stops on this tour, and we got our tickets because someone else couldn't go and offered the seats ... continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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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...

Feb 27th
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