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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

May 29th, 2011

Memorial to Another Day

It’s impossible for me to allow Memorial Day to pass without thinking of the sacrifices my father and his generation made to build better lives for future generations like mine.  And so it is today, Memorial Day 2011, when my thoughts turn to what he dreamed for me and his ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 18th, 2011

Guarding Health is Not Their Business, But It is Ours

If for one moment anyone has the notion that for-profit health insurance companies are in the business of guarding the health (or wealth) of policyholders, that notion ought to be quickly dismissed in favor of the truth.  For-profit health insurance giants guard profits. I arrived outside the WellPoint annual shareholders meeting ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 10th, 2011

S915/HR1200 – The Healthcare Wisdom We Can Trust

Today, it is official.  Two amazing and courageous elected officials stood with nurses and patients to introduce legislation that moves beyond the current health reform effort and forward to a healthy system for all. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-WA, have been allies in the cause for decades.  ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 8th, 2011

Unrelenting Terror on Mother’s Day 2011

No matter what I do, I cannot stop the terror.  Like in the places where flood waters are rising in and around so many homes in the Midwest this week, some of us face immanent dangers in life that overshadow the endless coverage of Osama Bin Laden’s death.  It feels ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 26th, 2011

Until Death Us Do Part: Wedded to Wealth We Don’t Have

Perhaps it’s the media fever over the Royal wedding in Great Britain or perhaps it’s my own disgust about hearing that Exxon Mobil makes $100M a day in profits, but either way I am pretty certain many Americans would rather go to their deaths believing in fairy tales than fighting ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 23rd, 2011

Corporate Welfare Campaign by My Common Man

Every time my husband fills our gas tank, he believes he is giving corporate welfare to the most profitable industry on earth.  It’s hard to argue with him.  So now he has decided that he’ll just label it what it is and let the rest of the world know what ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 21st, 2011

Quarter-Million Dead and Not Counting

After this past weekend of horrific storms and tornadoes, it was clearly appropriate for our elected officials to declare a federal disaster in some areas.  With the designation comes some federal money and help for the storm-ravaged areas and residents.  Few would quarrel with our government stepping up and stepping ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 19th, 2011

Why is a Trump Bankruptcy (or Two) OK?

Donald Trump has benefited from bankruptcy twice.  Donald Trump has grown his personal fortune following his two bankruptcies and now may run for President of the United States.  Clearly, the rules for Donald Trump in the aftermath of bankruptcy are not the same as for the rest of us. And is ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

April 17th, 2011

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

I’m long past being interested in having most experts on American values and policy tell me what I should do and what I should think.  Many who claim expertise do so with little or no vetting in terms of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.  Before anyone lectures me with ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 29th, 2011

We are All Wal-Mart Women Today, Like It or Not

I can hear it now.  The gasps of those too good to ever set foot in a Wal-Mart store much less work there combined with the righteous indignation of those who never, ever shop Wal-Mart due to political or ethical reasons might well overpower the voices of the clerks and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 25th, 2011

Let’s Drop Healthcare Access on One Another, Not Bombs

I’m up for some political behavior modification work.  How about we support and reinforce the elected officials who do what we want to see happen and stop giving power to those who act in ways we do not wish repeated? I think Vermont has it right.  When their state House members ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 20th, 2011

‘MEB4U’ License Plate Says It All

I was on my way home when I saw it on an SUV in front of me at the light.  “MEB4U” on the license plate was the message this Maryland driver wanted everyone to know she paid extra to send.  She was indeed ahead of me.  And I had no ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 9th, 2011

Forbes 400 or the SiCKO 12?

It’s a club I will never be in.  Michael Moore told us about them this week.  The Forbes 400.  The richest 400 people in America.  They own more stuff and have more cash and assets than half of the rest of us (roughly 150,000,000+ people) combined.  But I had to dig ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 9th, 2011

Trauma of the Working Class in America: Fray or Distraction?

All over America, working class people are trying hard just to maintain.  Jobs are not plentiful.  Good jobs are less so.  Most experts on the economy think it will be years, if ever, before the U.S. economy recovers to the point where unemployment dips much below 8 percent. Think what you ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 1st, 2011

Turn, Turn, Turn – A Season for Healthcare Policy

Today, I heard the news.  President Obama supports the Wyden-Brown amendment allowing states to innovate on healthcare reform.  You’ll have to pardon some of us while we readjust the mirrors. Just 20 brief months ago, I recall the trepidation and trauma that surrounded allowing the U.S. House of Representatives Education and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 26th, 2011

Cheshire Cat Grins in Arizona, 1.3M Souls on Board

All eyes on Madison.  I get that.  The whole of the progressive community gets that.  But while the cat’s away the Arizona mice are playing – only it’s a deadly game of systemic violence that screams for attention every bit as intense as the day Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 24th, 2011

Fighting for Fair Fights and for Aurora

We try to teach our children to fight when they need to but to fight fairly unless there is no other choice to protect life and limb.  At least that’s what my parents tried to teach me and what I tried to teach my kids.  Though I know that the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 16th, 2011

Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients

When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all over the United States. The cold day in hell has arrived for many patients and many caregivers who ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

February 4th, 2011

Super Bowl Commercial for the Dead Patients

I’d love to see a Super Bowl commercial Sunday that stated the facts about how many Americans will die on Super Bowl Sunday this year because they didn’t have access to the healthcare they needed. 123 will die on Sunday, and perhaps a photo of one of the dead every ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 29th, 2011

Will Attention Finally Be Paid to the Working Class?

“I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 25th, 2011

After SiCKO, Is Your Story Next for Censorship?

The Enfield, CT, public library is in the midst of a controversy about whether the town managers can or should halt the public showing of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film SiCKO about the U.S. healthcare system. Some folks are nearly up in virtual arms about the implications of this sort ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 18th, 2011

What Do We Owe Tracy Pierce?

Four years ago, Tracy Dion Pierce, Sr., 37, died because we allowed him to. We stood collectively by while his insurance company delivered the news for us: no payment for bone marrow transplant. Tracy died at home in Mission, Kansas, with his beautiful wife Julie and his loving son Tracy, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 13th, 2011

Oh, For Civil Healthcare in America

Ah, we must be more civil. No more taunts. No more tirades. No more gun crosshair targets, no matter how innocently placed on our graphics (though I am not sure gun crosshairs are ever really innocent in placement). We’ll be more civil in our discourse. In light of the tragedy ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 8th, 2011

How Many Dead Arizonians?

The budget crisis in Arizona means the Republican Governor Jan Brewer and her Republican legislature have decided some death is preferable to more debt. Human life has a very measureable price in Arizona, and those who look the other way as folks who might be saved die in Arizona can ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

January 6th, 2011

Will Vermont’s Babies Have a Better Chance?

As Peter Shumlin was officially sworn in as governor of Vermont, there was and is great hope that at least in one state we may see passage and implementation of a truly universal, single-payer healthcare system. From Shumlin’s January 6, 2011, inaugural address: The rising cost of healthcare for Vermont's ... 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...

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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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