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DACA and the Health Benefits of a “Shot at Upward Mobility”.

Mike Magee A recent paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, reported out in The Atlantic, began with the health outcomes in DACA children but ended with thoughts on why a teenage girl in Mississippi is 15 times more likely to give birth than her counterpart in Switzerland. DACA is a favorite topic of […]

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How to Prep One Pan (Detox) Dinners

If I’m being honest, I hate all the clean up in my kitchen after prepping real, whole foods for my family.  We do a ton of clean food cooking at our house which means a lot of dishes.  This immense cleanup seems to occur at least five nights a week…if not more.  Thankfully, my hubby […]

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What Uwe Reinhardt (or Angus Deaton) Would Say About HC Costs.

Mike Magee A March 13, 2018 article written by scholars from the London School of Economics and published in JAMA focused on an all too familiar subject – comparative health care costs in America. That article was accompanied by a number of editorial reaction pieces including the one written by Zeke Emanuel who generated the […]

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How Trump May Help Us Liberalize American Health.

Mike Magee In this week’s The New Yorker, David Remnick reflects on “Trump’s illiberalism” and its’ test of the resilience of  “sturdy-seeming American values” and the endurance of  “institutions that the President has scorned and threatened.” He sees active turnout in the 2018 midterm elections as part of the test, but also suggests that any […]

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Hospital Obsolescence or Hospital Reinvention?

Mike Magee Two weeks ago Zeke Emanuel asked the question “Are hospitals becoming obsolete?” In his New York Times Op-Ed he flagged the high water mark for the industry as 1981, a year when 6,933 hospitals nationwide admitted 39 million patients or 171 for every 1000 Americans. Thirty five years later, our population has grown […]

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The Basics of Pharma Kickbacks – Opaque & Complex

Mike Magee With great fanfare, the New York Times announced this week that UnitedHealthcare   “would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers.” For awhile, pharma, insurers, pharmacies and PBMs have been pointing fingers at each other over escalating costs. That’s become more difficult of […]

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The Simplification Movement in American Healthcare

CDC Obesity Map Mike Magee As the debate over health care in America rages on, the great lie oft repeated but never defended is that our system is exceptional and too complex to wrestle to the ground. That is the breech, reinforced over half a century that has left our citizens and now our entire […]

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Parkland Teens Teach “Positive Leadership”!

nbcnewyork.com Mike Magee At this time of year my wife and I always try to see the movies nominated for an Academy Award. Recently  we saw Darkest Hour, up for Best Picture as well as a Best Actor nod to Gary Oldman in his role as Winston Churchill. The film begins with Dunkirk and the […]

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Best Foods to Eat During the Winter for Detox (Seasonal Foods)

Winter is brutal on your body. I know it’s definitely brutal on mine! I’m tired of the cold temps, gray days and mud all over.  So I’ve learned to take extra special care of my body during this season of bugs, illness, close quarters, and crazy commitments.  My plan includes eating seasonal foods that support […]

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Health Coverage “Black Eye” Needs a #MeToo Wake-Up Call.

Mike Magee It came as no surprise to #MeToo’ers across the nation that Gen. John Kelly expressed “shock” about Rob Porter’s eye-blackening abuse of his first wife, of which he was informed months before; any more than they were taken aback that Mike Pence fell back on his now well-worn defense, “This is the first […]

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Hiding In America’s “Deep Poverty Problem” is Health Care.

Mike Magee Angus Deaton, the Princeton professor and Nobel Laureate who documented the tie between America’s raging prescription opioid epidemic and the first multi-year decline in U.S. life expectancy in our history, has done it again. This time it’s America’s poor in a New York Times Op-ed title “The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From […]

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Health Reform – Is This a 1960s Moment?

Mike Magee Quietly rising out of the ashes of the Republican led campaign to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, are pragmatic efforts, not focused on “if”, but focused on “how” and “when” the U.S. will join all other developed nations and provide all of her citizens with affordable, high-quality care. Last week, a […]

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Health Care Poverty – An American Phenomenon.

Mike Magee   With great fanfare this week, the CEOs of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway announced that they were creating a healthcare company “free from profit making incentives and constraints.” Pledging to provide their combined 1.1 million employees with “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost” by “harnessing technology”, their move […]

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Medical Device Regulation – FDA’s Weakest Link

Bjork-Shiley heart valve Mike Magee Most Americans remain unaware that in the eyes of the FDA not all therapies are considered equal when it comes to regulatory approval and oversight. Drugs are one thing, but medical devices are quite another. As we’ve seen with drug approvals, over the 20th century, organized review and oversight of […]

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Is Tenet Healthcare Your Collection Agency?

Mike Magee When America’s politicians and business leaders elected to promote a free-enterprise approach to health delivery services in the immediate post-WWII period, they were choosing a course diametrically opposed to not only our Allies, but also our enemies at the time. We rejected serious health care planning. Instead we chose to directly and indirectly […]

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Time For Americans To Speak on Health Care Priorities

Cathy Caldwell, Alabama CHIP Mike Magee Of all the developed nations on earth, our’s is the only one with no cogent national plan to support our citizens’ health, productivity and well-being. What we have in its place is an opaque and deeply collusive system of discovery profiteering that has entangled not only industry, but also […]

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Santa’s Message on Health

Mike Magee “Dear Quinn, Luca and Charlotte, Thank you for believing in my magic. I hope you will always believe in magic.  Believe in the magic of family. There are times you will stumble, but your family will always be by your side.  Believe in the magic of laughter. It will keep you whole.  Believe […]

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2018 – The Year of Dr. King.

Mike Magee 2018 has the potential to be a monumental turn-around year for America, a year when we stare our true culture in the face, and decide to embrace health and well-being. Fifty years ago, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. warned that excessive materialism, militarism, and racism were “inseparable triplets”, and that our nation required […]

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Healthy-ish Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark

Sharing a super simple, favorite Christmas treat at our house!  Looking forward to making this in the Fox 6 Real MKE studios next week. Healthy-ish Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark Ingredients: 9 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacoa or greater)  (like theo, tabal, alter eco) 1 cup mixed nuts (your favorite raw/roasted combinations) ¼ cup unsweetened coconut […]

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Detox Benefits of Drinking Cranberry Concentrate

For those of you who have detoxed with me over the past years (550+ of you!), you know one of the natural remedies I love is is cranberry concentrate. Cranberry concentrate is an anti-bacterial agent that not only prevents bacterial growth but can also help eliminate toxins from your body. Cranberry concentrate for detox protects […]

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The MIC Circular Firing Squad

Mike Magee If you want to see the Medical-Industrial Complex (MIC) in full “circular firing squad” mode, simply check out the recent Energy & Commerce Committee hearings on soaring drug prices hosted by chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). Delivering tough talk to committee members, he said, “Consider yourself on [the working group] if you’re on […]

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Stains Outlast Gains as Industry Encroaches on Physician Prescribing Power

  Opioid Czar & Czarina Mike Magee When the AMA helped empower Purdue Pharma funded Pain Management by granting specialty status in its’ Federation in the 1980s– and with that legitimacy of pain as the “5th vital sign”; and when everyday physicians (especially primary care physicians who were targeted by Purdue Pharma) became easy marks […]

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As CEO Profits Soar, Why Are More and More Of Their Employees Underinsured?

Mike Magee Employees across America are discovering that money is tight this Christmas, in large part because they are on the hook for rising out-of-pocket health care costs. But as the rising trend line above well-illustrates, their CEO’s pockets are overflowing with cash, and their health plans are Cadillac or better. This is the season […]

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Is Our American Culture Sick?

Mike Magee Yesterday, for the first time ever, a UK Prime Minister openly criticized an American President. But is the problem just Trump, or is it our American culture? Earlier last month, conservative columnist, David Brooks, in the New York Times, suggested as much when he wrote, “The first step in launching our own revival […]

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Topic For Thanksgiving: “Principles – discuss!”

Mike Magee This Thanksgiving, more than most, our country finds itself reaching for guidance and direction. I offer my own thoughts, and those of my muses for consideration. “Principles” – discuss. _______________________________________________________ The principles most people aspire to live by come quite naturally to mind because they simply feel right, or sound right to the […]

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Career Ladder Bias: “How To Succeed” Inside The Medical-Industrial Complex.

Mike Magee In 2004, when I read Dr. Marcia Angell’s book, “The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us And What To Do About It”, I agreed with everything she wrote. How couldn’t I? At the time, I had a front row seat inside the largest pharmaceutical company in the world and managed […]

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What’s the best specialty for a medical student who wants to be a progressive politician?

Mike Magee If you are a medical student and aspire to be a progressive political leader as well, what might be the best specialty tract to pursue? You could chose pediatrics as Ralph Northam did, and receive your training in the military, retiring at age 33 as a major and then become a pediatric neurologist […]

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No Cream of Broccoli Fall Detox Soup

The cooler fall weather is moving in and it’s time to have those favorite soup recipes ready to go! Growing up in the land of cheese and cream, often times, the cooler weather comfort soups call for cream.  But these soups can be loaded with calories which contribute to unwanted, extra winter weight.  Too much […]

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