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Cutting Medical Care Costs: Maggie Mahar's Work Filmed for Congress

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I am no expert on healthcare, and nor do I play one on TV. But unlike the summer's theatrical extravaganzas staged in "town hall" terms, there's good information headed to Congress, and I know good information when I see it. So does Bill Moyers.

She's written a previous book not about medicine but about money.

Paul Krugman praises Maggie Mahar's work in The New York Times:

Mahar's focus is not on corporate corruption, but on the enablers who cheered on false business heroes and made the corruption possible. Though she tries to frame the book as an investment guide, it reads more naturally as an indictment of stock analysts and the financial media. What I learned -- something I didn't fully appreciate before -- was the extent to which the stock market bubble of the 1990's was supported by intimidation as well as exuberance. — Paul Krugman

Judging by the size of the 2007/8 crash, "Bull" looks downright prophetic.
Here's hoping Congress will listen to Mahar's arguments this fall -- provocative as they are -- more carefully than investors did five years ago.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

money-driven medicine [i haven't read bull yet].

it's a good book, an eye-opener in fact, but she ultimately leans too heavily [and too uncritically] toward the dartmouth atlas conclusions for my taste.

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Submitted by dblhelix on

ultimately leans too heavily [and too uncritically] toward the dartmouth atlas conclusions for my taste.

I've looked at her blog from time to time and find it informative, but she's definitely in the Dartmouth camp, as are most fellows from the New America Foundation (check out the masthead sometime). A bit too peppy re: finding new efficiencies for my tastes.

Submitted by hipparchia on

A bit too peppy re: finding new efficiencies for my tastes.

i like the way you put that.

she's great as a reporter, i've learned a lot from reading her blog, but as a policy analyst, not so much. she too often just repeats the talking points of all those third-way-ish foundations.

isn't new america the one that keeps holding joint functions with the heritage foundation?

Submitted by hipparchia on

mahar is with the century foundation, not the new america foundation.

the main area of cross-pollination between the two seems to be foreign policy with daniel levy working for both organizations and flynt leverett listed as being at new america but also writing for the century foundation.

the health care link between the two foundations is a bit more tenuous it looks like, with mahar of the century foundation and jacob hacker of the new america foundation both being listed as health care experts at the campaign for america's future website.

srsly, they all begin to look like denizens of the same frog pond after awhile.