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Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 18th, 2009

Healthcare Crisis Tears at Fabric of Holiday Traditions

Our elected officials in Washington, DC, are rushing to finish their work and get home for the holidays. Many of the people who elected them aren’t so richly blessed. Millions and millions of Americans do not get the Norman Rockwell holiday scene played out in their lives because millions and ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 16th, 2009

Sanders Says Single-Payer Day Will Come as He Withdraws Amendment

Sickening.  Saddening.  Maddening.  And the stuff of future determination in the political struggle for healthcare for all in the United States.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont rose to offer his single-payer, Medicare for All amendment No. 2837 and to begin debate.  Then, ... continue reading

December 16th, 2009

Bernie Sanders Pulls His Single Payer Amendment

On the Senate floor right now, Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking after having pulled his single payer amendment from consideration. Tom Coburn had forced Senate clerks to read the entire 767-page amendment on the floor, a delaying tactic which would have lasted long into the night. The Senate leadership made ... continue reading

December 16th, 2009

Sanders withdraws single-payer amendment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday withdrew his single-payer healthcare amendment after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) initiated a procedural maneuver to shipwreck the measure. Coburn earlier in the day forced the Senate clerk to read aloud on Sanders’ 767-page amendment to the Senate healthcare bill in an effort to halt ... continue reading

December 15th, 2009

Release: Senate to Take up Single-Payer Health Plan

WASHINGTON, December 15 - The Senate on Wednesday will debate for the first time in American history a proposal to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system."In my view, the single-payer approach is the only way we will ever have a cost-effective, comprehensive health care system in this country," said ... continue reading

December 15th, 2009

A Senate Vote on Medicare-for-All?

It’s looking that way.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the only member of the upper chamber to endorse single-payer health coverage, said Monday that he plans to introduce an amendment to the Democrats’ health reform legislation that would establish a Medicare-for-all insurance system.We have got to understand that one of the reasons ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 14th, 2009

Sanders Single-Payer Healthcare Amendment to be Considered in Senate

This is it, Medicare for All, single-payer advocates. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Announced tonight that tomorrow the Senate will hear several more amendments to the health reform bill – and one of those amendments is Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer amendment No. 2837. The amendment also has two other original ... continue reading

December 8th, 2009

President Obama told me to stop ‘demeaning’ him, says Rep. Conyers

President Barack Obama recently called Rep. John Conyers Jr. to express his frustrations with the Judiciary Committee chairman’s criticism.In an interview with The Hill, Conyers said his opinions of Obama’s policies on healthcare reform and the war in Afghanistan have not sat well with the president.According to the lawmaker, the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

December 3rd, 2009

History in a Number: Senate Amendment 2837

The idea of a Medicare for All type, single-payer healthcare system will be heard on the Senate floor.  Late last evening, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont filed Senate Amendment No. 2837, and there are two additional original co-sponsors of this amendment, Senator Roland Burris of Illinois and Senator Sherrod Brown ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 22nd, 2009

Before You Carve that Turkey: All In for Bernie Sanders

Those millions of us who support a Medicare for All, single-payer, reform for the healthcare crisis in this nation have some work to do over the next few days. Senators are on their way to their home states for the one-week Thanksgiving recess – and they need a little up ... continue reading

November 10th, 2009

4 arrested at Lieberman's office

Hartford (WTNH) - Protesters who are miffed about Joe Lieberman's stance against the current health care reform package held demonstrations today at his offices in Washington, D.C. and Hartford.  30 people showed up to Lieberman's Hartford office this morning. Four were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. "Arrest the real ... continue reading

November 10th, 2009

Police Arrest 6 Protesters At Lieberman's Office

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police say six universal health care supporters have been arrested after protesting at Sen. Joseph Lieberman's office in Washington. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider says officers arrested the protesters Tuesday morning at the Hart Senate Office Building. Schneider says the protesters were asked to leave Lieberman's seventh-floor ... continue reading

November 9th, 2009

Six Smart Progressive Complaints About House Health Bill

The Affordable Health Care for America Act was approved by the U.S. House Saturday night with overwhelming support from progressive Democrats who serve in the chamber and from a president who was nominated and elected with the enthusiastic support of progressive voters. But that does not mean that informed and ... continue reading

November 6th, 2009

Weiner: Giving Up Single-Payer Was 'Real Politics'

Rep. Anthony Weiner says he’s not giving up on a single-payer health care system forever, but stopping the push for it now was the only pragmatic choice.“I’m disappointed, but this is real politics,” he said, explaining that the vote he was promised on a single-payer system was causing “turbulence” and ... continue reading

November 6th, 2009

Pelosi: No House vote on 'single-payer' plan

The House will not vote on a liberal Democratic plan to have a fully government-run "single-payer" healthcare plan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday.Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to pursue a single-payer plan in the healthcare overhaul. But Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) secured a commitment from leadership in July to have an ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 6th, 2009

I'll Bet the 10.2 Percent Can’t Keep What They’ve Got

Hey There, Congress and Mr. President. It’s your citizens. Lots of us are losing jobs and benefits. We cannot keep the benefits we’ve got when we lose our jobs. In fact it’s really hard to keep paying all the bills without a job and an income. The new jobless numbers ... continue reading

November 5th, 2009

Nine Universal Health Care Supporters Arrested At Lieberman's Office

Nine people protesting in favor of universal health care were arrested for unlawful entry this morning after occupying the office of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), according to Capitol Police. Protesters chanted "Everyone in and no one out, universal health care now!" and "Represent Connecticut, not AETNA!" as they were taken ... continue reading

November 5th, 2009

Dems tackle hot-button issues before Saturday healthcare vote

The House is headed toward a rare Saturday evening vote as Democratic leaders scramble to placate party factions threatening to defeat the healthcare bill over hot button issues such as spending, immigration and abortion. Meanwhile, AARP is poised to formally endorse the House healthcare bill, according to the AP. The ... continue reading

November 4th, 2009

Pelosi Arrested Us for Asking for Healthcare

Around 3PM this afternoon I was one of 12 single payer activists who were escorted from the reception area of Nancy Pelosi's office in the San Francisco Federal Building and arrested by members of the Federal Protection Service of U.S. Homeland Security. Just before noon we went to Pelosi's office ... continue reading

November 3rd, 2009

Single payers protest at Pelosi's office

About 50 single-payer activists and labor union members held a sit-in at House Speaker Pelosi's San Fransisco office today where 11 people were arrested, said Chuck Idelson, spokesman for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. The group was protesting Pelosi's decision to strip the health care reform bill of ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2009

The Paradox of US Healthcare

For nearly two decades, Wendell Potter led a very comfortable life as a public relations health insurance executive. However, while flying on a corporate jet and being served lunch on gold-rimmed china with gold-plated cutlery, Potter had an epiphany of sorts.He realised that the reason why millions of Americans were ... continue reading

November 1st, 2009

Kucinich Wants His Amendment Back

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was none too happy when House leaders stripped his single-payer provision from their $894 billion health reform proposal. Today, he’s urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reinstate it.“Like many other important reforms included in the underlying bill, the Kucinich amendment is the object of attack ... continue reading

November 1st, 2009

Kucinich: Health reform legislation ‘a bailout for insurance companies’

According to Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the Democrats' health reform legislation is basically a sham. Appearing on MSNBC's The Ed Show on Friday night, the House's most unabashed progressive condemned Democratic leadership for removing his amendment that would allow states to create their own single-payer systems. Then he called the ... continue reading

November 1st, 2009

Kucinich Fights to Restore State Single Payer Amendment

Washington D.C. – Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that Democratic Leadership restore the Kucinich Amendment to the health care reform bill before bringing the bill for a vote. Added to H.R. 3200 in the Education and Labor Committee, the Kucinich Amendment ... continue reading

October 31st, 2009

BCBS plea to customers on reform hits a nerve

Maybe it was just lousy timing, but many customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are ticked off at the mail they've received recently from the state's largest insurer. First, they learned their rates will rise by an average of 11 percent next year. Next, they opened ... 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...

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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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