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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 2nd, 2011

Keep It Simple, Keep It Real – Hundreds Arrested on Bridge as Hundreds Die at Home

Hundreds of Wall Street protestors were arrested yesterday on the Brooklyn Bridge.  Even the mainstream media is reporting that.  That in itself is a milestone.  For many years, groups organized by one faction or one political party or one self-motivated organization or special interest or another have tried to grab ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 26th, 2011

I Am Not Your Austerity Measure or Your Entitlement Cut

I am a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife. I am not an austerity measure – in Greece or in any other nation. I am a caregiver. I am a worker. I am a patient. I am a taxpayer. I am not an entitlement cut or a medical loss ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 23rd, 2011

It’s a Haunting Time for the WC

It’s nearly fall again.  That means if we make it through October and Halloween and early November, the holidays and all the expectations will be bearing down on us again.  But, wait, those years are long gone.  I failed to meet the expectations.  I couldn’t keep a home for us.  ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 14th, 2011

America 2011: Whack-a-Mole (or a Poor Person) for Pleasure, Profit and Power

America 2011: Whack-a-Mole (or a Poor Person) for Pleasure, Profit and Power By Donna Smith The front page of the New York Times this morning said it all for me.  Right column: 2.6 million more join the ranks of the poverty-stricken in America. Center-right column: Democrats see the perils of cutting healthcare ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

September 5th, 2011

Worker’s Ode to Labor Day 2011

Work ‘till you drop.  Stop. Drop. Get up. Do it again.Work.  Be grateful to be working.  Work harder.  Work ‘till you drop.  Stop. Drop. Get up.  Do it again.Give up time with growing children.  Work.  Keep bills paid. Years pass.  Chances pass.Work ‘till you drop.  Stop. Drop. Get up. Do ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 27th, 2011

The Hurricane’s Eye Wall: Andrew to Irene

As the early rain bands of Hurricane Irene inch into my neighborhood this morning, I am caught off guard by the flood of terror and emotion surfacing for me that is disproportionate to the impending threat (at least at this moment).  The memories of the pain and the fear spent ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 26th, 2011

Hurricane Irene: Finally A Jobs Plan We Can Believe In

While our friends on the left coast are chuckling about Tuesday’s 5.8 on the Richter scale earthquake on the East Coast and its apparent lack of sufficient disaster drama on the Hollywood scale,  tens of millions of us are gearing up for Hurricane Irene’s strike.  From North Carolina to Maine, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 25th, 2011

This Un-Labor Day: Disasters Natural and "Un"

Not earthquake, not hurricane, not blizzard, not dark of night – no, it’s not the Postal Service, it’s the nurses you and I expect to be there for us and with us and among us when health disasters strike us without any warning or with as much lead time as ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 23rd, 2011

Nurses say: Come Join Us on September 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

Main Street, USA –  Nurses call their neighbors and  their elected officials  to come to Main Street on September 1, even as many of the elected officials continue chiding one another about returning to DC. Main Street is where the damage has been done and is being felt most deeply; DC ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 15th, 2011

How Many Dead Children for Profit?

To the right is a photo of a dead child from Pakistan, Syed Wali Shah, 7, that Michael Moore’s site featured when showing the continued prospects of civilian deaths attributable to U.S. drone strikes.  Syed is one of 168 children killed in seven years of CIA drone strikes, said the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 10th, 2011

Financially Motivated Murder-Suicides Trumpet Silent Suffering

Twice in the past week, those of us who live in the metro Washington, D.C. – Baltimore corridor have seen reports about murder-suicides that had at least some component of causation related to the dead families’ money problems. In one instance, a single mother who was also a psychologist killed ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

August 8th, 2011

Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry? Not Any More

For some time now, my disabled and retired machinist husband has watched with amusement when stock markets crash and rebound and broad financial indicators stutter and stammer.  He has lived a lifetime of economic stress and difficulty and never once has he seen his personal wealth or lack thereof be ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 31st, 2011

Dysfunction Junction Kills – Resolution is Not Absolution

By the time this is published anywhere, maybe the dysfunctional folks in Washington, D.C., will have reached some sort of deal that will prevent the second financial apocalypse the American people and the world have been threatened with in less than three years.  But just because the current crisis reaches ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 26th, 2011

Gaslight 2011: Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Michael Moore is hosting his film festival in Michigan this week, and I sure hope they are showing “Gaslight” from 1944.  The American electorate would be wise to watch it again and to put into context the messages of our elected officials as they work us to do their bidding ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 21st, 2011

Why It All Sounds Like, “Blah, Blah, Blah”

When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC.  Everybody, that is, except the average working-class American.  The sound and fury surrounding debt ceilings and deficit reduction swirl on multiple levels, activists in the conservative right claim advancement and activists in the disenfranchised liberal left ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 15th, 2011

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

It has been a challenging week for many people.  While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no work, are running out of ways to keep their homes – rented or owned, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 13th, 2011

Who's Your Doctor's Daddy?

Patients in the United States have known for a long time that they are not the decision makers in matters related to their personal health and well-being.  Just as for-profit corporate interests control elections, candidates, public officials, policies and enforcement, for-profit health insurance companies control healthcare delivery.  So when a ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 11th, 2011

Why Not a Generation of Graft Dodgers?

If ever there were a crime being committed on a massive level in which many of us are being forced to participate, this is it.  The funneling upward of money from those who need it most to those who need it least and the gutting of our social safety net ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 5th, 2011

If You Had A Stroke Tomorrow: What’s Your Situation?

Wrapped in my own gratitude for my husband’s safe journey through a difficult surgery this week, I listened as another patient and another family struggled with a less favorable course.  And my heart still hurts for this stranger.  I will never see him again in all likelihood, but his trauma ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 1st, 2011

If Ever This Nation Needed the Healing Arts, It’s Now

Just a few times in my life, I have been witness to real artistry.  And during those rare times, I am usually caught quite off-guard.  An ordinary moment somehow slows down and the good we can do in the world and for one another becomes so beautifully possible and necessary.  ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 26th, 2011

Assault on U.S. Patients Accelerates, Fight Back Does Too

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that stand to further enrich and protect the huge pharmaceutical companies, and the Obama administration made it more difficult for patients to appeal insurance company denials of care.  And almost no one noticed or put up a fight about it.  America’s ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 14th, 2011

SiCKO’s 4th Anniversary – Heaven Can Wait, Wall Street Needs a Protest

We were on an airplane returning from the NYC Ziegfeld Theater premiere of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film, SiCKO, and I told my husband that if the plane went down and we died, I would now feel just fine about that.  Our story, so like so many millions of other ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 9th, 2011

Would We Like to Have a Trillion More Every Year and No Recession?

Is anyone listening?  Republican fiscal conservatives?  Democratic Blue Dogs?  Taxpaying, flag waving, deficit hating, market loving friends from coast-to-coast? "That means if we just scrapped our system and adopted any other wealthy country's system, at a minimum we would have a trillion dollars more a year for pay raises, for investment ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 5th, 2011

Stained Then Blamed for the Stain

It’s no secret that Americans think bankruptcy is for deadbeats, losers and folks with substandard moral character and work ethics.  The stain of a personal bankruptcy carries far wider and deeper than a negative credit rating.  For the rest of a bankrupt American’s life, the stain will be used as ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 3rd, 2011

Quiet Fighters for Healthcare Justice

As we continue to advocate for healthcare as a human right, at times I think it valuable to acknowledge those who aren’t in the spotlight or expecting to achieve immortality and personal accolades for their effort.  Millions of quiet fighters push forward every day through a system designed to stop ... 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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