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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 16th, 2012

No Matter What the Supremes Say, We’re Still SiCKO After All These Years

Come on to Philadelphia on June 30th, if you want to know the low down on what the high court of the land says about health reform.  Some real people who serve as the world’s highest profile examples of the dysfunctional healthcare system in the United States, filmmaker Michael Moore, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 12th, 2012

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

With great fanfare this week, the Washington Post reports that United Healthcare plans to keep key consumer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no matter what the Supreme Court rules about the individual insurance purchase mandate. From the June 10th WP article: “Officials at United Healthcare will ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 3rd, 2012

Since 1976, SiCKOs Endure to Fight On

Happy 36th Anniversary to my husband, Larry.  June 3, 1976, to June 3, 2012. And happy anniversary to our dear extended family and friends who struggle with us for healthcare justice.  It seems like it has been an instant and forever all at the same time. First, for my husband ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 28th, 2012

Fighting the Real Enemy: Cancer in America

For the second time in my life, I find myself in need of cancer care.  Somehow it seems the universe conspires to put me in settings where I observe and can report on the on-going insanity of the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system.  Such was the case this week as I ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 24th, 2012

Today I Pray, As Many American Patients Do

I admit it.  I pray.  I know there are intellectuals who are above such frivolity and for whom the showing of any belief in a power greater than one’s self and one’s intellect is the ultimate sign of weakness and inferiority.  I don’t care.  I am not weak, and just ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 20th, 2012

On the Eve of NATO in My Hometown

Looking down on the Sears Tower tonight, you wouldn’t suspect a major event was just hours away.  It’s quieter than most Saturday nights – except in Wrigleyville, where Chicago’s baseball and sports fans fill the streets and the bars as usual.  But in other parts of my hometown, huge barricades ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 14th, 2012

In the “Loop” with Morello Standing Against ‘Grotesque Income Inequality’

As Tom Morello prepares to come to his hometown and mine, Chicago, in advance of the NATO meeting, he calls what has happened to me and so many millions of people “grotesque income inequality.”  He is so right.  It’s grotesque.  The rich get richer, and most of the poor get ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 4th, 2012

Chicago in May: My Hometown, Where Power Rests in People

It’s so fitting that the nurses will march and rally in Chicago on May 18th as they lead a global campaign for the Robin Hood Tax – a small tax on financial transactions like stocks, bonds, and all the speculative trading on Wall Street.  Chicago is my hometown, and Chicago ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 25th, 2012

Profit-Driven Medicine Violates American Patients Young and Old

Though my grandson and I are in two different sections of the country and both facing different cancer scares, we share one thing more prominently than anything else.  We are being violated as human beings in need of medical care by our health providers’ need to protect profits.  The money ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 16th, 2012

Fool’s Gold: U.S. Healthcare System Cheats Patients

In case any one of us needs reminding, the profit-driven healthcare system in America is broken.  Driven by its primary motivation to make money, there is little that compels those currently in control to care about patients like you and me.  We are most assuredly a necessary component of the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 10th, 2012

If the Other Shoe Drops, I Want Medicare

There has never been any doubt in my mind that if I face another cancer diagnosis that requires prolonged treatments and has an uncertain outcome, I would rather die than fight it.  As an insured American who knows first-hand how quickly a cancer in my body turns to full out ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 6th, 2012

Spring Has Sprung and So Has My New Medical Debt

It’s only April – early April at that – and my medical debt is already taking its toll.  After surgery in January, the bills started rolling in before I was able to return to work.  Yes, I have insurance, and I have a job.  So I do consider myself lucky ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 30th, 2012

Before and After: Healthcare Insanity in America

It doesn’t really matter what the Supreme Court does with the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  It’s a classic “heads I win, tails you lose” situation for millions of people.   The system we have now is dominated by profit-takers.  The system we might have under the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 23rd, 2012

An Apple a Day Might Just Cut Profits

My mom said it.  Her mom said it.  I have even repeated it to my own children.  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Yet as patients, healthcare professionals, and others who eat in our healthcare facilities around the country may notice, eating healthy fare – including apples – ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 8th, 2012

How Far We Haven’t Come in My Lifetime – Yet

It’s International Women’s Day.  While we might greet that with some passing commercial interest in the United States, in many other countries, it is a day to celebrate women – all women.  Older, younger, richer, poorer, healthy, struggling with illness or caring for others with illness, mothers or daughters, married, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 2nd, 2012

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

My sleep was restless last night except for the snippets of scenes where I was being tended to by my cancer doctors from some time ago.  In those dreams they cared for my body and comforted my fears as we worked together to overcome my illness.  Of course time had ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 12th, 2012

An Anniversary – Heart-Sick and SiCKO

Just a few years ago, my dad died on February 13.  It was just one day short of he and my mother’s 49th wedding anniversary.  Just three weeks prior, Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Though he was 75 years old, he was still working, and he was a force ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 25th, 2012

Hospital Forms Need a 'Bum’s Rush' Clause

The forms we all sign as patients before we are admitted to the hospital or have surgery are inadequate and inaccurate.  You know the forms.  Those “assumption of risk” and “assignment of benefits” forms that supposedly disclose all the things that might happen to you during care so that the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 13th, 2012

Who knew? The poor did, that’s who.

Last evening, Tavis Smiley hosted a program that was broadcast live on C-SPAN live and that focused for two-and-a-half hours on the issue of poverty in America.  It was terrific.  The energy and commitment of the experts assembled to investigate and help alleviate poverty made the conversation rich beyond anything ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 31st, 2011

2011: A SiCKO’s Year in Review

Thought I might pile on the end-of-the-year reviews with a regular soul’s view of 2011 and a bit of a look forward to 2012.  I claim no special standing or expertise other than life experience and perhaps a healthier than usual dose of good fortune when I compare 2011 with ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 19th, 2011

Un-Happy Holidays for Seniors and the Disabled – Here’s Your Donut

It isn’t sugar plums dancing in their dreams for America’s seniors and disabled who are covered by the Medicare program.  It’s donuts.  Donut holes into which many fall at this time of the year as they reach the maximum limits of the first tier of “Part D” prescription drug benefits. ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 12th, 2011

Occupying Love and Joy for Nataline

Every year for the past four years around this time, Nataline Sarkisyan’s parents build toward an unimaginable anniversary filled with sorrow and pain.  On December 20, 2007, they lost their only daughter, 17-year-old Nataline to corporate greed and insurance company cruelty.  Nataline died after the insurance giant CIGNA initially denied ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 19th, 2011

Power in Numbers: Millions Crowd to Occupy Life

One of the most powerful and interesting things about the Occupy Movement is its reach well beyond Wall Street or even the smallest tent encampments around the nation.  The power to bloom and spread has been in its simultaneously coordinated actions combined with the movement’s lack of demands on its ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 30th, 2011

We Shall Be Ashamed No More in Silence – Rise Up

Those who launched the Occupy Wall Street movement that has now blossomed into the occupations around the nation have many to thank for their inspiration.  Those brave souls who were and are a part of the Arab Spring, the hundreds of thousands who marched and rallied in Madison, Wisconsin, in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

October 5th, 2011

Protestors' Message Pretty Simple and Clear: Enough is Enough

No matter how the media folks seem befuddled by what they claim is a lack of clarity from those at the Occupy Wall Street and its solidarity events throughout the nation, I hear one clear and concise message from them all.  I am not speaking for them, but I live ... 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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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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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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