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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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Weaponized Profits: The US Health Care System
Many people who advocate for an improved and expanded Medicare for all for life health system in the US tend to vilify the for-profit, private insurance industry and big Pharma but ignore the atrocities committed by almost every other segment of the system.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
When Our Neighbors Wish Us Dead or Broke, We're in Trouble with More Than Our Health Care System
His eyes were clear and his stare intense as one young man who stopped at our booth at the Colorado State Fair argued with me about whether or not health care is a right or a privilege in this country. Actually, he wasn't arguing with as much as he was lecturing me. He fired questions at me as fast as he could and then didn't wait for me to respond before shrugging his shoulders and gritting his teeth.
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Saturday, August 24, 2013
Circular Political Logic Kills People and Single-Payer Reform, So Long as We Allow It
On an early morning conference call on Friday, I heard the circular logic being used in high level political circles to effectively block any progress beyond the Affordable Care Act. Many elected officials in the United States are playing political games with next steps for advancing health reform as they either wait to see Obamacare be successful or they pray for it to fail. No surprises in this, eh?
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Friday, April 26, 2013
‘Obamacare’ Failures Beg the Questions that 'Medicare-For-All' Answers
In recent days, many of us have read and tried to follow the reports that Congressional offices are engaged in discussions about how to make sure their health insurance coverage available under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) remains affordable for Congresspersons and their staff members. If you’d like to read more about the hullabaloo, this piece from the Washington Post probably explains it as clearly as any.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday Health Care Options: Go Bare or Go Broke?
In America, we take our pound of flesh and our profits wherever we may find them. In our U.S. health care system, the opportunities to profit are plentiful no matter the pain, illness, worry or other suffering inflicted. For me, I now face a decision I have faced at other points in my life, but this time I am older and allegedly wiser.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Gun Violence, Health Care and the Destruction of American Lives
How could any of us see the photo of John Lennon’s blood covered eyeglasses released by Yoko Ono recently and not mourn the senseless gun related deaths numbering over a million souls since December 1980 when Lennon was gunned down? The right to carry guns and “defend” oneself seems to have trumped the right to be safe and secure when we walk down the street or send our children to school or see our teenagers off to work at a local pizza parlor .
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Churning Isn’t Just for Butter Anymore
It isn’t often anymore that I learn a new word in the health care system discussion, but this week I did. Churning. I was at a meeting here in Colorado where I have taken on a new role in advocating and administering for a publicly financed, universal, single-payer system with Health Care for All Colorado. And the definition of churning I learned is a sad commentary on a system that still allows access to care based on inequality of coverage that leaves so
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Saturday, December 08, 2012
Declare Your Human Rights. Demand the Robin Hood Tax
Monday, December 10, is International Human Rights Day, and we here in the United States have plenty to worry about. Though we join other nations in marking the 64 th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’ International Declaration of Human Rights, we also have plenty of our residents living without those basic human rights we committed to with so many others around the world back in 1948.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Dead Woman Working: Thankful for Cancer Struggle
It’s Thanksgiving time again, and I do take time to pause and remember the things for which I am thankful. This year, my struggle with cancer tops my gratitude list. There is nothing quite like facing serious health challenges to bring into clearer perspective what matters most in life and the work that remains to be done.
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Thursday, October 04, 2012
Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations
The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not that selfish. I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs. I care so much that I have devoted my personal and professional energy to improving and expanding a 'Medicare for All for Life' model and making sure Social
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