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All the way or Incremental on M4A?

Mike Magee At a Code Blue presentation locally last week, questions centered on next steps in health reform – all the way, or incremental. Increasingly, I split the difference. A complete flip I believe is difficult to pull off because what we are asking Americans to do is to change their historic culture (one built on […]

Kamala Gone, But “Medicare-for-All” Not Forgotten.

MIKE MAGEE MD As the number of Democratic contenders for the Presidency begins to dwindle, the “Medicare-for-all” debate continues to simmer. It was only ten months ago that former candidate Kamala Harris’s vocal support drew fire from not one, but two billionaire political rivals. Michael Bloomberg, looking for support in New Hampshire declared, “I think we could never […]

Good News on Childhood Obesity – and “Good Government.”

Mike Magee As the debate over health reform wages on, it is increasingly apparent that the real underlying issue we are grappling with is the role of “good government.” Without it, as one philosopher suggested nearly four centuries ago, life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Canada had relatively smooth sailing from the time […]

We must be “Declaration of Independence Walking.”

Mike Magee In the shadow of last week’s Presidential Impeachment hearings, I have been searching for a silver lining. I tell myself it is helpful our Democracy is being stress tested and our Constitutional weaknesses revealed so that we might take corrective actions in the future. I recognize that this is not Trump’s fault alone […]

CODE BLUE: Sequel to The Social Transformation of American Medicine

Background: www.codeblue.online “Code Blue should be in every college Public Health and Health Policy syllabus in 2020!” In the preface to his 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “The Social Transformation of Medicine”, Princeton sociology professor Paul Starr states, “History does not provide any answers about what should be done… My hope is that this historical […]

Doctors or Entrepreneurs? The Triple Mission Problem.

Mike Magee This week’s blockbuster investigative article in Science doesn’t pull punches. Its’ headline: “Investigation reveals widespread double dipping in NIH program to pay off school debt.” The article cites incontrovertible evidence of taxpayer dollar support for student debt loan forgiveness being granted to many clinical investigators (more than half MD’s) who are on for-profit […]

“Socialized Medicine” – Can It Work One More Time?

With excerpts from CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex. Mike Magee In an interview that aired this week on Democracy at Work, Professor Richard Wolff asked me about the term “socialized medicine.” My response: Once our nation makes it through the Impeachment hearings, expect the Republican party to pull out the “golden oldies” when […]

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