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Could Bezos and Amazon Help America Build An Accessible, Affordable and Effective National Health Care System.

Mike Magee This past week I spent an hour with THCB’s Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa discussing everything CODE BLUE – how and why it came to be, and where it directs us as Covid-19, global warming, and rising income inequality bear down on our nation. In the final ten minutes of the THCB Book […]

ACA – A Ticking Time Bomb For Republicans.

Mike Magee Watching the Amy Conan Barrett hearings last week, I couldn’t help but wonder who exactly was running the Republican Death Star at the moment. Specifically the Supreme Court candidate’s vulnerability based on an outspoken disdain for the ACA seemed to release a quiet, below-the-surface, Democratic  scream “Go ahead. Make our day!” For nearly […]

Covid-19 and The Collapse of the Medical Industrial Complex: Imagining a Brighter Future.

To our surprise, this online lecture explaining the birth of the Medical-Industrial Complex in America, and how it planted the seeds for the current pandemic disaster, maxed out its Zoom capacity within minutes of its offering. That left many of you in the lurch, and for this, we apologize. But the good news is, we […]

Covid-19: A Wake-Up Call For Those Not Yet Woke.

Mike Magee Exactly one year ago, I penned a piece for Matthew Holt’s The Health Care Blog titled, “All For One, One For All.” In laying out our vulnerability, I wrote: “The U.S. has no  government-directed, national health planning apparatus. Service levels and reimbursement vary widely across an endless array of private and public offerings […]

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 […]

A “CODE BLUE” Moment – Crisis In A Broken Health Care System.

Mike Magee In the opening pages of “CODE BLUE: Inside the Medical Industrial Complex”, I wrote:  “When Donald Trump expressed his cluelessness—’nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’—before a meeting of state governors in February 2017, he was exposing a pattern of both arrogance and ignorance that is now on full display. Most […]

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 […]

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