Donna Smith

Donna Smith is the Executive Director of Health Care for All Colorado and the Health Care for All Colorado Foundation. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 1:15pm
Our Health Care Dead Matter Less Than War Dead?
The photos are horrific of the dead and injured from the most recent escalation of warfare in Palestine. Seeing dead children who have their small bodies ripped apart by weapons of war forces me (and others I suspect) to confront the realities of our violent, war-prone world. I hate war. It hurts...
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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 1:00pm
Many People Cannot Boycott Corporate Tax Dodgers Like Walgreen's
We sat in line this morning at the Walgreen's pharmacy drive up window picking up one of the many prescriptions my husband, Larry, must have every month. The news that has been reported about Walgreen's becoming a Swiss company through a tax loophole know as "inversion" is bothersome on many levels...
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 8:15am
Churning for Dollars — There Ought to Be a Law
Remember Liz Fowler? She was the Wellpoint executive who took a brief sabbatical from her direct paychecks from the private health insurance industry to write the Affordable Care Act while working for Senator Max Baucus. Once that project was wrapped up, Liz went to work briefly for the U.S...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 2:45pm
With New Obamacare Rulings, One Thing Is Certain: We Need Medicare for All for Life
It makes me crazy to see the latest news about a Federal Court striking down the tax credits (subsidies) offered on the Federal Affordable Care Act health exchanges because I know the media commentators will go crazy analyzing the politics of it all. The Republicans are celebrating; the Democrats...
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Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 8:30am
Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum? Killing People, Dreams and Ambition
It has been nine days since I updated my numbers of health care dead and broke. Who noticed? Well, I am sure the dead and the broke did. The profit-first, greedy health care system in the U.S. continues its march toward ever increasing profits for those who are already wealthy. Disclaimer: I am not...
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Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:15am
Sanders Holds Forum on Single-Payer: Anything New?
In years past, I likely would have been in the audience at U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' forum yesterday in Washington, D.C., on the single-payer movement and what's next for our efforts to advance single-payer. The panel was populated by several experts in single-payer reform, and I watched on the live streaming function available on Sen. Sanders' website.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Demand Better Care for All: Expand Medicare to All!
At my local Kaiser facility today, the pharmacy was bursting at the seams with patients and others waiting for pharmacy services. Children with runny noses clinging to their mothers' legs were fussing, and others were being checked in by a Kaiser employee trying to help manage traffic flow. When I...
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifying on Tuesday. Views
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am
So Many Ways Corporations Kill People -- GM Robbed Us and Risked Our Lives
This blog isn't really about health care and the need for an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life system, as my writings normally are. But it is about corporate greed and willful disregard for the lives of millions of people. Today I am angry about how GM put me and everyone who rode in...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:15pm
When the US Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Still Cares Enough to Fight?
We can tally the deaths that we know are caused by denials of care or medical errors in the U.S. health care system, and those numbers are horrifying. Yet most of the American public doesn't pay much attention to the issue, and many only gripe about the health care system when their costs for maintaining health coverage or getting care exceed what is available in their personal budgets. We live in a highly individualistic and selfish society when it comes to many of life's most essential needs.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:43am
Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity
The dysfunction of the US health care system does more damage than causing the deaths and the bankruptcies forced on the sick and injured who don't have enough coverage or cash to afford life-saving care. The damages extend to robbing millions of people of their personal sense of security and human dignity. The recent insurance reforms offered through the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare don't do much to relieve the suffering.
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