Maggie Mahar
Fellow at The Century Foundation

Maggie Mahar

Maggie Mahar is a fellow at The Century Foundation where she writes HealthBeat blog . She is the author of “Money-Driven Medicine."

Archive: Maggie Mahar

"I don't quit"

I hoped that, as he finished his speech, the president would return to the subject of health care and make it clear that if we want to save the economy, we must have health-care reform. He didn't do that.

By Maggie Mahar | January 28, 2010; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Older middle-class Americans locked out of reform

The most damaging concession in the Senate legislation has received relatively little discussion in the last few days: as the bill now stands, many Americans in their late 50s and early 60s who don't have employer-based coverage will find comprehensive insurance unaffordable.

By Maggie Mahar | December 22, 2009; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

2013, not 2014

What if in 2012, unemployment remains relatively high, the recession continues? What if voters blame President Obama and vote him and his Congressional supporters out of office?

By Maggie Mahar | November 30, 2009; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Congress can only outline goals

There is a limit to how much Congress can spell out in the current legislation about how to contain health care inflation. But over time, reformers will be able to save billions as we begin to let medical evidence show...

By Maggie Mahar | October 28, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Best Bill Is a Done Bill

The House bill, endorsed by three House committees, is much closer to the administration's vision of heatlh-care reform. It includes a public sector insurance plan that would set a high benchmark for affordable, high quality, comprehensive care.

By Maggie Mahar | October 13, 2009; 07:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seniors Would Save Far More Than They Lose

There is no reason that the 78 percent of seniors who have stayed with traditional Medicare should be footing the bill for the 22 percent in Medicare Advantage--especially when they are paying three times what the benefits are worth.

By Maggie Mahar | October 1, 2009; 03:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

"You Lie!"

Why are so many people so quick to insist that our president is not telling the truth? For eight years, President George W. Bush misled us, yet in all of those years I don't think he was "called out" as often as this president has been in the last few months.

By Maggie Mahar | September 10, 2009; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Listen to Kennedy's 1980 Speech -- and Rally

While Senator Kennedy's death was expected, it still comes as a shock. I hope that shock is sufficient to rally progressives of all stripes, to come together and make an unswerving commitment to true health-care reform.

By Maggie Mahar | August 27, 2009; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Delay Could Help Explain Reform to the Public

August could give both the White House and progressive Congressmen a chance to clarify what reform means, addressing some of the questions Mark Kelley outlines. The president should continue to take his case directly to the public.

By Maggie Mahar | July 31, 2009; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sharing Growth

When growth is no longer widely shared, things are out of whack in a way that threatens both the economic stability and the social solidarity of a nation. Asking the very wealthy to help finance health care for all is a step in the right direction.

By Maggie Mahar | July 16, 2009; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Argument for an Individual Mandate

If we want insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions -- without penalizing them for being sick by charging them sky-high premiums -- then we must require that everyone have insurance.

By Maggie Mahar | July 8, 2009; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Letting Patients Share in Treatment Decisions

New legislation would reimburse Medicare providers who use certified decision-making aids-- pamphlets and videos that engage patients in the decision-making process. If it passes, it's likely that shared decision-making will be embedded in broader health reform legislation.

By Maggie Mahar | July 1, 2009; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Good News for Seniors, Not A Big Sacrifice For Pharma

Why does Pharma charge U.S. patients sky-high prices? Because it can. No one is pushing back. In other countries governments negotiate to protect dying patients from being gouged.

By Maggie Mahar | June 23, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Medicine Is a Profession, Not a Business

The U.S. has chosen to turn health care into a largely unregulated money-driven business--and this has damaged the doctor-patient relationship.

By Maggie Mahar | June 16, 2009; 12:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hazardous Waste

We should squeeze the waste out of our health-care system, reducing the number of unnecessary, ineffective and unproven treatments.

By Maggie Mahar | June 5, 2009; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (3)

 
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