Donna Smith

Donna Smith
Donna Smith Donna Smith is the national chair of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign for Progressive Democrats of America.  She was featured in Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary, SiCKO.

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Something about the commonality of simple summer joys being shared from generation to generation was oddly comforting. Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
This 4th of July, We Will Still Hold Some Truths to Be Self-Evident
I don't write as much anymore as I've been traumatized, angry, and a bit fatalistic about the events unfolding around us. Every American who cares about this nation even a bit ought to be paying attention—on all of the polarized sides. Yet, many of us really just don't care or are too tired. That...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Shutdown Offers Taste of Suffering the Poor and Vulnerable Know Too Well
The drama around the shutdown may seem mostly political with the latest news barely touching on the pain felt by real people who believed they worked for all of us. While millions of us celebrated festive holidays, I know that many families had a season of worry that hasn’t ended yet. You probably...
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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later
In October 2017, a team of progressive researchers published “ Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis ,” which probed the causes of the disastrous 2016 election defeat. The report came in the wake of the party leadership’s failure to do its own autopsy. In a cover story for The Nation , William...
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
From One Mass Shooting Survivor's Mother to the Parents of Student Survivors in Florida: An Open Letter
Dear parents, It is my solemn duty, at least I feel it is, to tell you what many of you will face as the parent of a survivor of mass shooting in America. I am so very sorry that we are at this point 25 years after a young, angry gunman and former employee entered a Chuck E Cheese pizza parlor in...
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Washington Redskins teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Keith Allison/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 25, 2017
White House Bully Disrespects, Embarrasses America
Among the offensive comments made by Donald Trump on Saturday night in Atlanta were those he made about the game and its players not hitting or being hit as hard now as once was the case in the National Football League. Trump believes it's the rules and penalties related to tackles that are causing...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
Ode to the SiCKO Decade and Single-Payer Power
When Michael Moore’s documentary film, SiCKO, was released in June 2007, the nation was yet to elect our first African American president, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) was yet to be introduced or debated. Taken with the unrealistic notion that somehow SiCKO...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Standing for Peace Puts a Target on Tulsi
Our memories can be so fleeting—especially as the intense emotions and horror felt about seeing images from war-torn Syria drive blind acceptance of the most recent chemical attacks and subsequent U.S. retaliatory bombings. We certainly believe that nearly every person reading this essay abhors war...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Medicare for All: Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death
Where are the screams about those death panels now? As Trump-Bannon-Ryan and friends craft their healthcare path forward with the leaders of the swamp team, no one is crying “foul” about the bold, proud creation of those famed death panels. I found it almost fitting that some of the latest...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
No Politico Wants to Know: We Are Patients
It is hell out here for patients right now in America. There may be a swampy, dirty-flash flood going on in D.C. right now, but there are precious few elected officials who see patients as patients. We are health industry consumers. We are political props for both sides of another ridiculous,...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Republicans Finally Unmask Their Healthcare Agenda – And It Isn’t Patient-Centered
If you have been inclined to trust in any way that the Republicans in Congress or the Trump-Pence-Ryan regime intend to make things better for you and your family in terms of healthcare policy, think again and stop wondering. The plan is simple. They will protect and enhance the insurance companies...
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