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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

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

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

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

September 7th, 2010

Want to Feel Progressives’ Collective Strength? Attend ‘Fighting Bob Fest’

The labor movement and progressives are supposedly facing their darkest hour in decades, as the Republican steamroller heads toward an inevitable victory on November 2, mobilizing voters against the Democrats in retribution for the ongoing Great Recession.But this fatalism is rejected by many progressives, who believe that the stakes are ... continue reading

August 11th, 2010

Robert Gibbs: 'I don't plan on leaving'

Press secretary Robert Gibbs, revisiting a newspaper interview in which he blasted “the professional left” for criticizing President Barack Obama, brushed off calls for his resignation during Wednesday’s daily briefing and said his remarks were the result of frustration with pundits who haven’t given the administration its due."I don’t plan ... 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

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

August 11th, 2010

Hopium and Hypocritium

The arrogance of the Bush administration could never be surpassed, right? Wrong! Today, Whore House (again, with my apologies to my sex-worker friends) spokeswhore, Robert Gibbs, was quoted as saying this of the “professional left” who liken Obama to his predecessor: “(They) need to be drug tested,” and that these ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

Expert: State's health care needs help

MONTPELIER – Many of Vermont's health care woes stem from the fact that the state has an ineffective patchwork system of private insurance plans and government-funded programs, a Harvard economist told lawmakers Thursday. Dr. William Hsiao, an economic professor at Harvard's School of Public Health, has been hired by the ... continue reading

August 3rd, 2010

VIDEO: "STOP! In the Name of Health" Activist Flash Mob Protest

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August 2nd, 2010

Sanders promises to seek health care waiver from Obama for Vermont

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., pledged to personally take Vermont’s case for a statewide single-payer health care system to President Obama if the Legislature authorizes it next year.Sanders, speaking at a health care rally at the Hetty Green Park in downtown Bellows Falls on Saturday afternoon, ... 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

June 30th, 2010

Shumlin unveils economic recovery plan

Montpelier, Vermont — "We're outlining today a vision for Vermont," said Peter Shumlin, a Democrat running for governor of Vermont.Shumlin says his first big change if elected will be making Vermont the first single-payer health care system in the country. Companies told him health care costs are a top concern."That ... 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

June 30th, 2010

Single Payer Keeps Moving Forward

When you boil it down, single payer means the state becomes THE health insurance company. Proponents of the single payer system say it is cheaper and provides better results than the private health care model. And at the state Capitol Tuesday, those proponents filled a committee room and spilled out ... continue reading

June 28th, 2010

Rep. John Conyers co-sponsoring 'War is Making You Poor Act' that would eliminate first $35,000 in federal income taxes for every American

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit), an outspoken critic of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has co-sponsored proposed legislation that would end supplemental funding for both wars and use the money to deliver a tax break to all Americans.The "War is Making You Poor Act," introduced in the House ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

June 22nd, 2010

US Social Forum in Detroit: Activists Converge on Motor City

The summer sun was hot as marchers made their way down Woodward back to Cobo Hall in Detroit for the opening ceremonies of the US Social Forum.  But spirits were high and the collective energy of so many activists devoted to social justice gathering in one place was more than ... continue reading

June 21st, 2010

American SiCKOs Head to Detroit

WASHINGTON - June 21 - Three women who were featured in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, SiCKO, will be marching, meeting and speaking in support of healthcare as a basic human right in the United States this week in Detroit at the U.S Social Forum. Each woman will convey the message ... continue reading

June 17th, 2010

McDermott says health care reform is only the first step

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, calling the nation’s new health care law “the biggest change in social policy since 1930,” told Islanders he’s running for a 12th term in the House because the landmark legislation needs much more work. Sounding at once both pleased by what Congress accomplished and frustrated by ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

UAW protester briefly detained

A UAW dissident was briefly detained at Cobo Center in Detroit today for allegedly distributing leaflets for that promote health care reform and other changes at the union.Alan Benchich, a UAW retiree and elected delegate for the union’s 35th Constitutional Convention, was carrying the leaflets, but said he was not ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

Doctor makes case for single-payer care

PORTSMOUTH, NH — More than 100 business owners, health care professionals, patients and elected officials gathered Thursday to learn about a single-payer health care system, many stating their support.Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, presented "Everybody In, Nobody Out, One Group, One Plan, One Rate," ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

President Barack Obama pitches health care overhaul to seniors, including Amherst Senior Center

WHEATON, Md. - President Barack Obama on Tuesday sought to sell the health overhaul law to skeptical seniors, including those in Amherst, Mass., launching a defense of his presidency’s biggest accomplishment as the election season gets under way and the Gulf oil spill dominates news. The questions Obama got from ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

Fighting For Healthcare Reform

Some people who fought for healthcare reform, are now holding their applause. Tuesday night, North Alabama Healthcare For All held an event to question "what's wrong with the new healthcare law?"It's a group that fought hard for healthcare reform, but not for the bill that passed. Now they're taking a step back, ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 24th, 2010

Pallor and Pain; Sorrow and Stain

Over this past weekend, I watched more coverage on the BP Gulf oil spill and felt this growing sense of deep sadness and rage. The spill threatens so much more than we can yet fathom as we see this most recent fouling of our planet unfolding slowly, steadily and insistently ... continue reading

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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
7:38 PM
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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
8:27 PM
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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
3:55 PM
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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
5:56 PM
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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
4:20 PM
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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
12:35 PM
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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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