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100,000 – 240,000 Deaths? Are you sure about that?

Mike Magee We all sort of knew this was coming. A President, who is TV bound and a (somehow) entertaining pathologic liar, gets caught up in a life or death crisis where truth and trust are prerequisites. This leaves Americans (and Cable News networks for that matter) with a difficult choice: a) Turn him off. […]

The House of God Has Become a House of Cards.

Mike Magee In a career that included exposure to every level of America’s vast and collusive Medical Industrial Complex, I spent nearly two decades enmeshed in the senior management of hospitals.  These ranged from a 90 bed rural hospital just south of Brattleboro, VT, to the prestigious and historic Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, the nation’s […]

Father Greed: Vanishing Ventilators and Free Enterprise Public Health.

Mike Magee If you wanted to sum up President Trump’s two key messages this week, they would be: 1) A lot of people are going to die, and 2) Thank God for free enterprise public health. On both counts, he is on thin ground. Numbers of deaths could far exceed the 240,000 he apparently now […]

A Health System Disconnected and Conflicted in an Un-united United States.

Mike Magee Governors like Andrew Cuomo of New York have discovered the price for inefficiency and conflicts of interest in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic. As he said yesterday, “No one hospital has the resources to handle this. There has to be a totally different operating paradigm where all those different hospitals operate as […]

Is There a Genetic Pre-disposition to die of Covid-19?

Mike Magee As Donald Trump learned when he was forced finally to declare bankruptcy on his Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal Casino, and as our second President, John Adams, said: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and […]

Work, Love, Courage – in Abundance.

Mike Magee This morning I listened to an interview of the President of Mass. General Hospital, Dr. Peter Slavin, as he outlined the reality of Covid-19 and the challenges faced by his nurses, doctors and health professionals during this crisis. In his words, I found pride in having been part of the caring professions whose […]

The Trump Easter Celebration – Resurrecting The Economy?

Mike Magee New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, was sufficiently disturbed by President Trump’s suggestion that our nation needlessly sacrifice American lives to protect the American economy with a quick return to work by Easter, that he turned to his old friend, Michael Sandel, legendary political philosopher at Harvard for reassurance. As many of us […]

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