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Maggie Mahar
Maggie Mahar is the editor of and the author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much. The book became the inspiration for the documentary, Money Driven Medicine, produced by Alex Gibney and co-written by Mahar.

Before she began writing about health care and health policy, Mahar was a financial journalist, writing for Barron’s, Time Inc., and the New York Times among others. Mahar's first book, Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust 1982-2003, was recommended by Warren Buffet in Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report.

Entries by Maggie Mahar

An Open Letter to Jane Smiley: Please Don't Believe Everything You Read

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 1:26 PM

Dear Jane Smiley,

I understand why you are disappointed with President Obama.

First, the New York Times reported that he had made a "deal" with drug-makers. Then, the second blow: the news that the president was "back-tracking" on the public insurance option that in the past, he had...

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On Healthcare Reform Stimulating the Economy: The Massachusetts Example

(54) Comments | Posted December 12, 2008 | 12:39 PM

Recently, a somewhat starry-eyed op-ed in the New York Times suggested that a $100 billion annual investment in universal healthcare is just the medicine that our economy needs. The goal, declared Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "covering every American."

It is an...

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What Does Health Care "Reform" Mean? How Soon Can We Get There? Part 1

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 4:28 PM

Forces calling for Healthcare Reform Now are gaining momentum. I share their sense of urgency -- assuming that they are talking about the "reforms" needed to create an effective, affordable, patient-centered health care system. But if by "reform," they simply mean "universal coverage," I have to disagree.

Granted, giving...

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