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Farm to Table Dinner 2017

Every other year, we get together with several other school families to donate a Farm to Table Dinner to our children’s school auction.  It’s helped bring in thousands of dollars for our kiddos school!  And it gives us the opportunity to share our beautiful backyard and foodie passion with a special group of friends. This […]

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Doctor Senators Barrasso and Price – They Are No Royal Copeland.

Sen. Royal Copeland M.D. (D, NY) Mike Magee This week the Republican leadership once again released an unapologetically regressive plan for America’s healthcare that would drive a further wedge between rich and poor and sow despair deep into America’s soul. Sadly, two of the primary leaders of the effort are fellow physicians, Sen. John Barrasso […]

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Five Favorite Summer Breakfasts for Families on the Go

The chaos of summer has the potential to rock even the best of the healthy kitchen routines, including my own.  But I’ve learned that doesn’t have to be the case! Once again it comes down to having a plan in place to know what’s available for breakfast on the run during our busiest summer mornings […]

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A Nation At Risk This 4th of July!

SOURCE: Decline in State/County GPA from Global Warming The fact that the US is the only developed nation in the world that spends more on Health Care than all other Social Services combined according to a 2015 Commonwealth Fund study is a remarkably regressive achievement. Besides reflecting our distorted financial and ethical priorities, and the natural […]

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The Secret To Making America Healthy – K.I.S.S.

Mike Magee As the debate over health care in America rages anew this week, the great lie oft repeated but never defended is that our system is too complex to wrestle to the ground. That is the lie, reinforced over half a century, that has left our citizens and now our entire economy at risk. […]

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Lemon Artichoke Summer Soup with Cauliflower

Lemon Artichoke Soup This yummy summer soup uses cauliflower to make a delicious creamy soup without the cream! Ingredients: • 2 TBSP ghee (healthy alternative to butter) • ½ onion, chopped • 2 celery stalks, chopped • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth • 2 cans (or packages) artichoke hearts, […]

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Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger: Employer Health Care Not Taxes Is the Problem.

Buffett and Munger Mike Magee This week the Wall Street Journal editorial page couldn’t help itself. They let loose with a snarky piece titled “California Single-Payer Dreaming” and front-ended their conclusion with the words, “This proves the truism that the liberal solution to every government failure is always more government.” For good measure, they added, […]

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Do Majority in My State Support Trumpcare? NO!

State     Oppose AHCA   Support AHCA DC                  70%                             16% MA                  59%                         […]

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Summer Salad with Veggies & Chic Peas

Summer Salad Ingredients • 1 bunch broccoli rabe • 1  15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 1 cucumber, diced • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/2 cup red onion, diced • 2 TBSP Dijon mustard • 2 TBSP extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil • 2 TBSP lemon juice • 1/4 tsp salt […]

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The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – Seen and Unseen

Mike Magee Complexity is the friend of the Medical Industrial Complex. Whether hospital, insurer, organized medicine, pharmaceutical or government agency, profitability, market advantage and career advancement can be found in the cracks of the deliberately Byzantine network. For those intent on regulating or managing the American system as it is, just understanding and unraveling the […]

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How To Defeat Donald Trump in 2018 and 2020.

Mike Magee It is still early, but I believe Trump may survive immediate impeachment, though a number of his loyal followers may not be so fortunate. This means that those who oppose Trump – both Republicans and Democrats – need to be prepared for elections in 2018 and 2020. After a recent post on the […]

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How To Expel Trump From The “Island of Common Stewardship”

Mike Magee In our lifetime, we have witnessed the emergence of the Internet and HIV, of globalization and overnight delivery, of bubbles and bursts in our stock market, of the genomic revolution and the aging revolution.  We have witnessed as well great preparation for war, but little preparation for peace. But we have never experienced […]

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David Brooks: Remarkable Essay on Positive vs. Negative Leadership.

Mike Magee For over three decades, I’ve been following and contributing to the literature on leadership – most specifically on the traits that separate positive leaders from negative leaders. This past week, David Brooks wrote an editorial in the New York Times focused on Donald Trump’s leadership, and reacting to a Wall Street Journal editorial […]

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The U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain – The Gray and Black Market

    Mike Magee With the U.S. Pharmaceutical supply chain, what you see is not what you get. As we saw last week there are roughly 4 1/2 billion prescriptions filled each year. Just under 50% of American residents have filled 1 prescription in the past 30 days. The 1st Tier drug supply chain above […]

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American Health Care’s “Original Sin”

Mike Magee As a young surgeon in rural New England, serving farmers and mountain people on the Massachusetts/Vermont border, my growing interest in health management was fueled by two luminaries – one 90 miles to the north and the other 90 miles to the east. One was fast at work mining Medicare databases to expose […]

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U.S. Only Nation to Spend More on Health Care than on Social Spending.

Strikingly, this 2015 Commonwealth Survey of 13 OECD nations reveals that the U.S. is the only nation whose spending on health care exceeds its spending on social services (housing assistance, employment programs, disability benefits, and food security).High health spending in the US appears to have crowded out other forms of social spending that contribute to […]

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Advice to the AMA & AAMC as Trump Becomes Unhinged.

Source: IrregularTimes.com Mike Magee These are troubled times for our nation. We are testing our democratic institutions, as well as the quality of our leaders. Will they stand up to a President who is unhinged and his sycophants who seek only a measure of power? With control of 1/5 of our economy, 1 in every […]

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MYACC at Gilda’s Club – Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

This weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference (MYACC) that was hosted by Gilda’s Club in Madison.  When the program director, Kirsten Norslien, originally reached out to me I had a bit of hesitation because I knew it would involved stepping out of my comfort zone […]

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Non-Real Work: Eliminating Private Health Insurers From Primary Coverage. Single Payer Time Has Come.

  Mike Magee Economist Herbert Stein, WSJ contributor, AEI senior fellow, and economic advisor to Richard Nixon, famously said, “If something can not go on forever, it will stop.” When it comes to the health insurance industry in America, we may be approaching that point. Obamacare, and those opposed to it, have managed in the […]

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How Sick Is My County?

New Interactive Maps: Check Mortality Rate in Your County Here.

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Lickspittle Support For Trumpcare.

Peggy Noonan Mike Magee Today the Republican House voted against their own self-interest by caving to Trumpcare. In doing so, they failed to heed conservative columnist Peggy Noonan’s advise from just a week ago. In her opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, she wrote “Being loyal isn’t being a lickspittle.” This of course sent […]

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The Insurance Agent Dilemma – Key to the Single Payer Solution.

Mike Magee Since the election of Donald Trump we’ve been reminded – twice – that opposition to the ACA or Obamacare is real and alive. And yet, it is equally clear that Americans in majority numbers now believe that health care is a right and they are in no mood to give back access or […]

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Being a U.S. Health Insurer Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry.

UnitedHealth Group CEO Mike Magee It has been roughly a month since Americans witnessed that “the health care emperor had no clothes”. For seven long years, the Republican leadership waged an unending and relentless battle to collapse the Affordable Care Act, insisting that Americans in large majorities hated it and that it had to go. […]

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Climate Change + Migration + Turmoil = Disaster

Healthy-Waters.org There are 64 million UN “Persons of Concern” in the world.   They are in danger because of climate change.   Climate change creates instability and economic hardship and….   Drought, desertification, crop failure, famine and urban crowding.   All the above lead to human displacement and warfare.   12% (500 million) currently say […]

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Doctors in the Top 5% – Not The Top 1% by Income. Oh, and Canadian doctors make more than U.S. doctors.

Source What are the average 2017 earnings of U.S. doctors? Primary Care – $217,000  Specialties – $316,000 What is the salary span for doctors by specialty? Pediatricians make the least ($202,000), Orthopedists the most ($489,000). How much have salaries grown in the last six years? 43%, from an average $206,000 in 2011 to an average […]

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California Dreaming – The World’s 8th Largest Economy Is Not Waiting Around For Trump.

Mike Magee Health policy experts generally agree that applying taxes to unhealthy products or behaviors can reliably deliver public health benefits. We have learned from the nation’s battle with tobacco that taxes not only discourage consumption but also provide funding for beneficial programs like public health education. In some states and locales, this approach has […]

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Ringing in the New Year! 2017 is Here!

Happy New Year friends!  Hope you made special memories ringing in the new year with those you love. I enjoyed an epic evening of silliness and craziness with family and friends and of course there was some delicious, healthy food (homemade guac, homemade salsa, chicken fajita bake, glazed Brussels sprouts, mason jar bean/zucchini salads, mixed […]

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Kickstart Your Holiday Energy With This 24-hour Juice Cleanse

The holiday season can get a bit crazy with too many treats, fancy cocktails, and dining out on the run.  Getting healthy or staying healthy for the holidays can feel like a challenge. Whether you’re thinking about jumping on the healthy living train for the holidays (good for you!), or you have been leading a healthy […]

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Boost Immune and Energy with a Detox Bath

Our lives are crazy busy, and most of us rush through the day without a thought to alleviating all the damage that is being done to our bodies. The damage is being done by what we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress inflicted upon us. A detox bath can help sweat out those […]

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