Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

"Outstanding…Moore Triumphs! Publishers Weekly

Mike & Friends Blog

Donna Smith

Donna Smith, American SiCKO, is executive director of the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation

May 15th, 2013 1:37 PM

Protecting Angelina's Honor as U.S. Health Care System Kills 123 People Daily

U.S. Health System Kills 123 Yesterday, Few Notice

Yesterday I wrote about the recent revelations from Angelina Jolie about her double mastectomy.  I said nothing ill-willed about the mega-star nor did I imply she should have made a different decision or that she was not heroic.  But, wow, the defenders of Angelina's honor sure came out in force.  You'd have thought they all knew her personally and were afraid her tender feelings would be hurt by thinking about all the women around this country who lack access to even a fraction of the care she can ponder and pursue.  I actually gave her more credit than that as she does seem to have a heightened sense of caring in a world that often lacks humanity.  I believe she would appreciate and understand the plight of women like me who face cancer prospects with far fewer options due to our lack of health coverage or cash.

Yesterday, another 123 people died in the United States without access to necessary health care, and few souls raged with me, at me, to me, or about me in their comments.  Another 1,978 went bankrupt due to medical crisis or medical debt or both, and no one worried themselves about that.  Angelina's courage and her cancer prospects aside, these numbers ought be a national disgrace and public health emergency considered so dire that any person who had the capacity to avert the death and suffering and failed to do so would understand their complicity and be held accountable for it.

I do not believe we should create a health care system that protects my breasts as well as Angelina's or even as many other women with greater means than I have.  In so many ways, I am average and ordinary and not in need of any extra attention that wealthier women can afford.  That's the breaks, and if it were that critical to me, I would have spent my life fighting for that sort of recognition and financial success through my labor.

Some of those who commented yesterday understood my point, but just in case it was missed, let me state it again, in the name of the dead and suffering:  Our health care system in broken because its motivations are based on making huge profits not on the human right to health care or the the public good that would provide.  Some people can access extraordinary care while others are not able to access anything.  Some cancer patients and survivors can afford proactive measures and reconstructive surgeries while others cannot even have follow-up check-ups. Our profit-first health care system needs transformation to an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system.

No New York Times story or op-ed confessions from health care industry CEOs or provider who denied care to the dead and the dying who will pass today and tomorrow.  No inquires by Congress about the deaths.  Just damned silence.

So, since Monday's tally on my site, the numbers have jumped by two days' worth.  I don't have to wonder if anyone will care today about these statistics.  I know the answer to that.

The 2013, to date, U.S. medical-financial-industrial-complex system dead:  16,605

The 2013, to date, U.S. health care system bankrupt:  267,040  



If you'd like to follow my daily blog posts:


Creative Commons License This content is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

You must log in to comment.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Log in | Register

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
12:41 PM
Read More

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
3:28 PM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
2:00 PM
Read More

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
9:48 AM
Read More

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
2:19 PM
Read More

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
2:00 PM
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
Read More

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
5:41 PM
Read More

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
4:48 PM
Read More

When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
Read More

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
5:38 PM
Read More

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
9:40 PM
Read More

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
9:08 PM
Read More

Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
Read More

"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
Read More

RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
9:53 AM
Read More

Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
Read More

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
6:48 PM
Read More

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
1:08 PM
Read More

Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
1:02 PM
Read More

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
8:39 PM
Read More

Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? Ray McGovern Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
9:25 PM
Read More

Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
12:58 PM
Read More

Subscribe to Mike's Blog RSS

Click here to suggest an article

Mike's Blog

See More Blogs

Vew the archives

View older articles