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“Going Up In Air” – Tobacco Strikes (again)

Mike Magee In chapter 8 (“Masters of Manipulation”) of my soon to be released (Grove Atlantic/June 4, 2019) book, CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex, I trace the history of Big Tobacco’s complicit relationship with health care, and how unscrupulous marketers from opioid king Arthur Sackler, to stress racketeer Hans Selye, to ADHD opportunist […]

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A Message for Apple’s “Top 5” Health Leaders

Mike Magee This week, STAT News led with the headline, “5 names to know at Apple: the people leading its move into health care.” For those following the consumer health space, this was one more bit of bait to attract and catch tech-savvy readers with hints of success that have circulated for nearly two decades. […]

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The WHO’s “Triple Billion” Project

Mike Magee The WHO just released in most recent 5 year strategic plan. The plan in anchored in three “billion” labeled goals: Increase the number of glabal citizens with universal health coverage. Protecting 1 billion more citizens during health emergencies. Ensuring health and well-being for 1 billion more citizens. To reach these onjectives, the WHO […]

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Running a Health Care System: As Natural As Mother’s Milk?

Mike Magee The latest recorded U.S. birth rate dropped for the second year in a row, down 3% from the prior year. In 2017, there were just under 4 million births, 500,000 fewer than in 2007. Even though there has been a 7% increase in women 20 to 39, women are delaying child birth. Over the […]

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Who named “Ritalin?”

Mike Magee Last week our “somewhat-less-than-excellent” American culture took an extra Trumpian hit. But this had nothing to do with gender abuse, or separating innocent children from their desperate parents, or even moves to knock 20 million Americans off their ACA enabled health insurance. No this latest offense involved celebrities and the super-rich bribing their […]

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Michael Bennet’s “Medicare-Xtra” = “Capitalism + Compassion”.

Mike Magee On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law “Medicare,” a national insurance plan for all Americans over 65. He did so in front of former President Truman, who 20 years earlier had proposed a national health plan for all Americans, and for his trouble was labeled by the AMA as […]

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The Cauliflower Craze Continues – Buffalo Bites & Salad

The cauliflower craze continues for 2019 as many Americans are still looking for creative ways to add more vegetables to their diets. Cauliflower consumption has doubled since the 1970’s and now you can find cauliflower crust pizza, pasta and gnocchi at your local grocer and giant bags of riced organic cauliflower at Costco.  It’s COOL […]

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The (Opioid) Day of Reckoning Is Near.

Mike Magee If you missed the “60 Minutes” interview of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, he surprised many with his list of contributors to the risk of recession. Here’s his exchange with Scott Pelley: Jerome Powell: We have an unusually large number of people in their prime working years who are not in the labor […]

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Code Blue Receives Kirkus Star

KIRKUS REVIEW “A doctor and medical historian relies on his experience inside the medical establishment to offer a searing and persuasive exposé of the American health care system. Magee, who is on the faculty of Presidents College at the University of Hartford, has worked as a doctor, a university medical school administrator, a hospital executive, […]

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The Roots of Compassion – Dr. Ralph Snyderman and The 14th Dalai Lama

Mike Magee The issue of “doctor burnout” is front and center at the moment. It’s not a particularly new issue. I grappled with it way back in 1980, with soul-searching sessions at the Massachusetts Medical Society at the time. The focus then was on inadequate reimbursement, but the real issues were fear, depression, and isolation. […]

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“Where’s the Beef?” Water as Currency.

Mike Magee “They want to take your pickup truck. They want to rebuild your home. They want to take away your hamburgers. This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved”, screeched former White House aide Sebastian Gorka at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week. His widely discredited remarks were called out by a […]

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The Road to Universal Coverage

Mike Magee New York Times columnists. Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll, provided a genuine public service this week in offering an interactive exploration of universal health care. Readers were asked to react to the same questions presented to a bevy of health gurus. Their 5 “Yes or No” questions were: 1. Do you support automatic […]

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Partnership to Sustain America’s Health Care Past

Mike Magee On the surface, there appears to be a fair amount of finger-pointing going on among and between members of the Medical Industrial Complex these days. But this circular firing squad has no bullets. Behind the scenes the founding MIC members are busy colluding,  sharing profits and defending the status quo. Case in point: […]

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The Planetary Patient

Mike Magee In 2005, I published a book called Healthy Waters in an attempt to raise environmental health and the deteriorating “planetary patient” as a pressing health care issue. My efforts were only modestly successful. Chapter 8 in the book was titled “Natural Water Disasters” and summarized the costs in human life and fortune as […]

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“blank”…. FOR ALL.

Mike Magee In a Washington Post interview this week, Rep. Donna Shalala, former head of HHS and now a member of Congress from Florida, suggested that democratic reformers focus on universal coverage by whatever means possible. In her view, this includes opening up voluntary access to Medicare (50+), Medicaid (more liberal entry standards), employer based insurance […]

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Is Big Change Coming? Jake and Kamala (& Michael and Howard)

Mike Magee The decade long battle by Republicans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare is fading slowly into the background. But as this week’s dust up, ignited by CNN’s Jake Tapper’s probing of Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s views on Medicare expansion revealed, we still have a long ways to go. By the next morning, two of […]

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Public Opinion on Health Reform is Moving left for both R’s and D’s.

Mike Magee If there is a face for a “compassionate capitalist”, many would drop in the wise visage of Warren Buffett who famously declared “Medical costs are the tapeworm of American economic competitiveness.” Others have stated it differently while agreeing with results of the 2018 Bloomberg health efficiency index placing the U.S. dead last. The […]

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Dr. Ralph Northam and the Culture of Forgiveness

Mike Magee Within 24 hours of the airing of Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 Yearbook page last week, commentators were discussing the implications of his history of racial bias on his performance as a physician. Second year psychiatry resident Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu asked in STAT this week,  “Why are we less forgiving of Ralph Northam as […]

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Our Coast Guard Families Deserve Better.

Mike Magee On January 15, 2019, Admiral Karl Schulz informed 42,000 members of the Coast Guard and their families they would not be receiving their January paychecks because of President Trump’s wall-induced government shutdown. “I recognize the anxiety and uncertainty this situation places on you and your family, and we are working closely with service […]

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Should U.S. Presidential Candidates be Drug Tested?

Mike Magee During a nationally televised speech last week on border security, the airwaves lit up. But the discussion was not limited to fact seekers by now well accustomed to counter-checking the President’s deliberate misrepresentations. Joining in were health professionals and addiction experts who literally counted the number of Trump sniffs that became prominent half […]

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American Health Care’s New Year’s Resolution: Confront The Lie.

Mike Magee On the last day of a rather disastrous 2018, the Washington Post ran the headline, “Our agents did everything they could.” The article captured the performance of Kevin McAleenan, head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection defending his agencies oversight of the death of a second migrant child in the week after […]

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Healthy Holiday Gifts for Family & Friends

We are often over committed and very busy during these fast paced holiday weeks. Most of us want to spend time decorating, shopping, and seeing family and friends. That leaves less time to take care for ourselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  No one wants that extra 7 pounds of holiday weight gain!  So help […]

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The Decoupling of Health from Health Care

Mike Magee “Our health care system’s focus, at every phase of its development, but especially since its expansion and increasing sophistication since World War II, has been on maximizing opportunities for profit and/or career advancement for the players within it.” Code Blue: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex (Grove Atlantic Press, coming in Spring, 2019) In […]

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AMA Tells Trump “No Way” on ACA

MEMORANDUM TO: Reporters, Editors, Producers and Interested Parties FROM: American Medical Association DATE: December 15, 2018 SUBJECT: Texas v. Azar Decision ______________________________________________________________________________ Judge Reed O’Connor’s decision is a stunning display of judicial activism. Judicial power does not extend to settling policy disputes or exercising general supervision over the other branches of the federal government. Congress […]

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“A” Rating from NRA – The New Scarlet Letter

Mike Magee “The NRA’s A-rating used to be a badge of honor. On Election Day, it was a scarlet letter.”  Those were the words of Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. And she had facts to back it up. More than 1000 candidates in the 2018 Mid-Term elections ran and won […]

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When Employers Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid.

Mike Magee I recently sat down to lunch with a retired veteran health insurance exec and asked her, “Are there still large corporation CEO’s who want to be the providers of health insurance for their employees – and if so, why?” She replied that there were a few and the primary reason was “ego.” She […]

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Medical Device FDA Regulation: The Basic Problem.

Mike Magee A global investigative report has shone an unwelcome light on a largely unregulated industry we exposed in detail almost one year ago – the medical-device industry. The report documented that the 190,000 devices currently on the market have been responsible for 1.7 million injuries and some 83,000 FDA reported deaths over the past decade. […]

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