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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 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 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

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

January 26th, 2011

'How Everybody Exists' Doesn't Have to Be

If you want to know how things really get done in Washington -- or don't get done, depending on the desires of America's corporate executives -- all you have to do is read a couple of paragraphs in a Jan. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer story (see page 2).Reporter Joe DiStefano quotes ... 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

January 1st, 2011

Major Health Care Reforms Take Effect January 1

Starting Saturday, two of the new health care law's most significant reforms take effect -- or at least begin to take effect. The first will dramatically clamp down on insurance industry waste, abuse, and excesses. Starting on New Year's Day, insurance companies will have to spend at least 80 percent ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 24th, 2010

'Twas the Night Before 2010 Christmas in America

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation, Not a creature had true healthcare, except the richest in station. The wealthy were planning, all smug and all flush, For the days of their future, and their settings most plush. Other children of poor folks were weary of hearing ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2010

Silent Night, Lonely Night 2010

Susan Boyle sings on CNN. Life marches on. Richard Holbrooke is dead. Rest in peace, Ambassador. It is said you put up a valiant fight. Here I sit in Kansas City. No one knows I am alone; no one would grieve if I should die. No breaking news here. Just ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 30th, 2010

News Flash: 123 Americans Dead, No WikiLeaks Connection

Today, in cites and states across the United States, 123 people died because they lacked enough money to buy healthcare services. That brings the annual death toll for 2010 to 41,082. WikiLeaks had nothing to do with the deaths of the 123 people who died today or any of the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 8th, 2010

For Larry –- and Against Things that Go Bump in the Night

In Denver tonight, I close myself in a hotel room and wonder what might have been. But I also marvel what has been and what will be and what must be for us all in the future. In the shadows of the places where my marriage began and my children ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

October 19th, 2010

Michigan Blues

I have a rule of thumb that's served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support "free markets" and "competition," check to see if you still have your wallet. That's because no one -- not Karl Marx, not Fidel Castro, not your niece who ... continue reading

Lee Einer

Lee Einer is a former health industry worker turned whistleblower, featured in 'SiCKO.'

August 11th, 2010

SiCKO "Hitman" Exposes the Myths of "Health Reform"

The Democratic Party has recently launched a PR push to assure voters of the wonders of the newly enacted “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” It seems to me that the Democratic Party is at least a little concerned that this controversial legislation might be an albatross around their necks ... continue reading

August 10th, 2010

White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left’

The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity.During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 27th, 2010

Who Tells the Dead Patient Stories Now?

Since the health insurance reform bill passed this past spring, you’d think we suddenly stopped having American patients die and suffer unimaginable horror at the hands of the corporate owned and operated healthcare business system in the United States. No one tells the stories. The reality is that patients were ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive energy bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Thursday gave up plans to attempt to pass an energy bill that caps greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, abandoning a priority of President Barack Obama.Obama had hoped to add a climate bill to the two biggest legislative successes of his presidency, a comprehensive health ... continue reading

July 23rd, 2010

Democrats offer 'public' insurance option; CBO estimates $68B savings

Democrats introduced legislation today to offer Americans a so-called public plan to compete with private health insurers, and the Congressional Budget Office calculates such an option would save about $68 billion through 2020 and offer lower premiums.The public option would be added to the state exchanges that begin in 2014 ... continue reading

July 19th, 2010

Mom-and-pop shop faces health care dilemma

ROCKPORT, Ind. — Ask Mike Obermeier and he will tell you without question that health care reform is needed. After all, Obermeier said, until recently the United States was one of the few developed countries in the world without a national health care policy.But for Obermeier, the health reform legislation ... continue reading

July 1st, 2010

HHS unveils insurance plan for those with pre-existing conditions

Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Health and Human Services rolls out a new program Thursday to assist Americans who have unable to get health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan will provide coverage to as many as 350,000 individuals. It will bridge the coverage ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 30th, 2010

It’s About Human Rights, Not the Money

No matter which intellectual or which political candidate or which self-righteous activist from which camp on the right or the left or anywhere in-between says differently, the absolute need to reform and transform our healthcare system still rests in the outing of the human rights violations and the human suffering. ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Kelliher Proposes Bold Minn. Health Care Plan

Getting healthy is a major focus of the 2010 campaign for governor in Minnesota, and democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher is promising to insure every person in Minnesota by the end of her first term.Anderson Kelliher is going further than any other candidate. She said Minnesota needs more than a health ... 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
10:13 PM
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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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