Donna Smith

Donna Smith
Donna Smith is the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.  PDA's mission is to strengthen the voice of progressive ideas inside and outside the Democratic Party by using "inside/outside" and "grassroots fusion" models of working both in the Democratic Party as well as working with other progressive organizations both inside and outside the Party.

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Friday, November 07, 2014
Mitch McConnell and the Great American Myth of "Healthcare Freedom"
The election Tuesday evening represents a magnificent opportunity for us all to observe the full spectrum of political dysfunction as it applies to health care reform. Those who support single-payer, Medicare for all for life reform would do well to focus on some of the issues the Republicans and...
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Friday, October 31, 2014
Boo! Happy Halloween from Our Frightening Healthcare System
The mail and the telephone are bringing some pretty scary things these days, so Halloween seems the appropriate day to look at what scares me and millions of other Americans on private health insurance. While some may think Tuesday's elections are the most frightening, many believe that our...
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Sunday, October 05, 2014
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
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
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 03, 2014
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
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
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 01, 2014
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
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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