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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

June 2nd, 2013

Colorado Launches Quest to End Health Care Carnage and Suffering

As May closed its grip -- finally -- on the health care dead and broke and June began to log its own death and bankruptcy tolls related to the dysfunctional U.S. health care system, citizens of Colorado began their campaign to achieve health care as a human right and a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 24th, 2013

How Many U.S. Dead for Health Care Profits Does It Take to Cause Alarm?

We keep winning the race to see who can charge the most for health care services around the world.  We also keep winning the race to see who can force the most people into bankruptcy and which system can kill people for profit most openly.I think I'll start with the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 22nd, 2013

Aetna Needs Their Money, I Just Need Health Care

I lost my health coverage because I could not afford to keep paying the COBRA premiums.  As soon as I lost my coverage, Aetna set out to get me to repay the medication costs that they would have covered if I had been able to retain my coverage.  But the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 19th, 2013

Saturday Night Dead ---- Courtesy of the U.S. Health Care System

There are 123 fewer Americans watching and laughing at the 2013 season ender for Saturday Night Live tonight because they were killed by the U.S. health care system today.  For those 123 people, it's actually Saturday Night Dead.  And this program runs every day without end with the same producer -- the for-profit ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 16th, 2013

Tornadoes, Suicide Bombs, and the U.S. Health Care Dead and Broke

The news today is grim, to be sure.  Tornadoes in Texas with the dead and the missing, Roadside, suicide bombs in Afghanistan with U.S. casualties.  All awful and all part of the nightly news coverage.  Then we worry about the scandal at the IRS and who knew what when about ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 15th, 2013

Protecting Angelina's Honor as U.S. Health Care System Kills 123 People Daily

Yesterday I wrote about the recent revelations from Angelina Jolie about her double mastectomy.  I said nothing ill-willed about the mega-star nor did I imply she should have made a different decision or that she was not heroic.  But, wow, the defenders of Angelina's honor sure came out in force. ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 14th, 2013

My Breasts and My Life Not as Valuable as Angelina's

While women and men around the world applaud Angelina Jolie for her bravery in writing such a public opinion piece in the New York Times today about her preemptive double mastectomy, some of us know that our breasts and our lives just are not worth as much as hers. The topics for discussion ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 11th, 2013

Thousands Dead in 2013 U.S. Health System Failure

Beginning tonight, I want to create the U.S. health care death toll count for all to see and read.  These are the dead due to lack of access -- either no insurance coverage or no money or both.  I've tried to get others to do this, but I have to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 10th, 2013

Selling Pain and Suffering to the Masses

From this point forward, as state health insurance exchanges begin to roll out their advertising and health insurance companies turn up the volume to advertise for more new, healthy, policyholders, we can expect even less truth-telling by the media about the sad state of affairs in the U.S. health care ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 3rd, 2013

Health Care Mayday! In Colorado – Leading Health Advocacy Group Calls for Action

It’s May.  It’s American Bike Month, Asparagus Month, Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month, Better Hearing & Speech Month, Flower Month, National Bar-B-Que Month, National Egg Month, National Duckling Month, National Hamburger Month, National Mental Health Month, National Salad Month, National Photo Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Strawberry ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 2nd, 2013

Health Care Injustice in America – Painful Reality

It is terrifying to live on the edge of health care and financial ruin in America. And it is so unnecessary. I read in the New York Times yesterday that President Obama wasn't awfully worried about health insurance costs rising under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because only about 10 to 15 percent ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 26th, 2013

Congressional ‘Obamacare’ Issues Beg the Questions that Single-Payer Answers

In recent days, many of us have read and tried to follow the reports that Congressional offices are engaged in discussions about how to make sure their health insurance coverage available under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) remains affordable for Congresspersons and their staff members.  If you’d like to read more ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 29th, 2013

Good Friday Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?

In America, we take our pound of flesh and our profits wherever we may find them.  In our U.S. health care system, the opportunities to profit are plentiful no matter the pain, illness, worry or other suffering inflicted.  For me, I now face a decision I have faced at other points in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 26th, 2013

Entrenching Pain and Suffering While We All Watch

How could any of us see the photo of John Lennon’s blood covered eyeglasses released by Yoko Ono recently and not mourn the senseless gun related deaths numbering over a million souls since December 1980 when Lennon was gunned down?  The right to carry guns and “defend” oneself seems to have ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 9th, 2013

Scrap the Cap: Let Social Security be Made Stronger for Longer

Scrap the cap, scrap the cap, scrap the cap… chant it, say it louder, and start telling every soul you know that the way we protect the social safety net of our nation for our future generations rests in being truly fair about collecting the money to pay for it.  Sequestration ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 9th, 2013

Churning Isn't Just for Butter Anymore

It isn’t often anymore that I learn a new word in the health care system discussion, but this week I did.  Churning.  I was at a meeting here in Colorado where I have taken on a new role in advocating and administering for a publicly financed, universal, single-payer system with Health Care for ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 29th, 2013

Shouldn’t Every Life Have Value on the South Side of Chicago?

Does the University of Chicago believe every life that can be saved should be saved during the Golden Hour of emergency trauma care?  Or is trauma care to be reserved for those with enough cash and enough insurance coverage or only those who live in the right neighborhoods? Many young ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 21st, 2013

A Pauper’s Inaugural: Mrs. Smith Bids Washington Farwell

Today marked a new beginning of sorts for the nation.  At least that’s what an inaugural celebration is slated to be.  With much pomp and fanfare, public leaders, like President Obama are installed in their positions and the world pauses to watch.  But some of us held different sorts of ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 9th, 2013

Fat Cats Escape Responsibility While Fat Americans Face Shame

The headline of the story, “Obesity, lack of insurance cited in U.S. health gap,” and its first paragraph state the facts as outlined in a study showing that American life expectancy is lagging behind other nations and that the gap is widening.  From the article: “Overeating, lack of health insurance access ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 3rd, 2013

Walking Toward Happier Me in 2013

It was with great interest that I read Michael Moore’s comments about his daily walks and being gentle with ourselves in the effort to live better.  While I agree with so much of what Michael writes, I know that some of my happiness is grounded in a bit of a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 22nd, 2012

Maybe Aetna Could Help Solve Gun Violence Crisis

With the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, gun violence in America has reached the point where there is a public outcry for action.  Americans don’t want little kids shot at school.  From that one single point of agreement, perhaps we’ll finally make some ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2012

In an Instant We Learn and Forget Again: Life is Precious

Nineteen years ago tonight I comforted my son, Russell, as he learned of the shooting that happened at his workplace.  Five shot and four killed at the Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor in Aurora, Colorado, where he had just finished his evening shift.  Marge, Colleen, Sylvia and Ben dead.  Bobby injured.  ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 8th, 2012

Join in Vigils Lest Your Own Premature Demise Be Mourned

Monday, December 10, is International Human Rights Day, and we here in the United States have plenty to worry about.  Though we join other nations in marking the 64th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’ International Declaration of Human Rights, we also have plenty of our residents living ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 22nd, 2012

Dead Woman Working: Thankful for Cancer Struggle

It’s Thanksgiving time again, and I do take time to pause and remember the things for which I am thankful.  This year, my struggle with cancer tops my gratitude list.  There is nothing quite like facing serious health challenge to bring into clearer perspective what matters most in life and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 16th, 2012

No Need for Cliff Dive: Support Prosperity not Austerity

It seems like only moments ago when we were still hearing the polling about how close the Presidential contest was and our phones were ring incessantly with robo calls courting our votes.  Then with lightning speed following the elections, the horrors of falling off the impending fiscal cliff were all ... continue reading

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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...

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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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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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