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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Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 2:45pm
Public Health Alert: Ebola, EnterovirusD68 and the US Health Care Cartel
Protecting public health is critical when infectious disease like Ebola or EnterovirusD68 spread. In watching some of the news coverage of those who have gone to emergency rooms in the US, it looks like isolation measures and other care that both helps the patient and aims to protect public health...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00am
US Health Care System Cartel... Until Death Us Do Part
One common definition of a cartel is: an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition. Or if you prefer this definition from Merriam-Webster, here you go: car-tel, noun: a group of businesses that agree to fix prices so...
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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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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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