Stories by Maggie Mahar

Maggie Mahar is a fellow at the Century Foundation and the author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much (Harper/Collins 2006). subscribe to Maggie Mahar's feed

Posted on: Nov 5, 2009, Source: Health Beat

The health care bills wending through Congress are getting a bad rap. And the major culprit is the Congressional Budget Office, and its chief, Doug Elmendorf.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2009, Source: Bill Moyers Journal

Bill Moyers teams up with financial journalist Maggie Mahar and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney to bring you the truth about America's health-care system.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2009, Source: Health Beat

Only a public sector plan has the political and moral standing to set limits on coverage and control costs.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Those who believe we don't need to invest in modernizing the system are fooling themselves.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Health care reform is going to test everything President Obama believes about reasonable people's ability to come to reasonable compromises.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

We are accustomed to living in a sharply tiered society, but it doesn't have to be that way with health care.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009, Source: The Guardian

Tom Daschle's departure hasn't doomed Obama's push for universal health care. It was always going to be a long fight.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2008, Source: Health Beat

A recent documentary shows how fat prejudice is keeping even some doctors from understanding obesity.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Americans are bombarded with messages announcing that death and danger are just around the corner. Reality is usually much different.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2008, Source: Health Beat

If health care reform is done in a way that contains costs and lifts quality, it will take time and serious seed money.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Even if McCain's not elected, keep an eye on Congress.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2008, Source: Health Beat

A new report reveals the degree to which a child's health is determined by the hand he or she draws at birth.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2008, Source: Health Beat

One thing is certain: Health care is not simply a privilege.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The results of over half of all clinical trials on drug safety and effectiveness are not published within five years of the drug going on the market.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Last year was a weak financial time for working families, and a new report shows it reflected in our health.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Business school graduates have replaced doctors and public health experts as CEOs of hospitals, often at patients' expense.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2008, Source: Health Beat

By starting with Medicare and showing what can be done, reformers enhance their chances of winning the larger war.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Doctors are getting fed up with private insurers. Here's a look at what out-of-pocket costs could look like for patients.

Posted on: Jul 15, 2008, Source: Health Beat

What's more, this new plan from Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel would rein in health care inflation and insulate our health system from lobbyists.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Ted Kennedy showed up for the vote. McCain did not.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2008, Source: Health Beat

When discussing treatments for drug addiction, instead of arguing about ideology, let's look at science.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Diagnostic errors happen at alarming rates but remain underdiscussed. Doctors' overconfidence is just one reason why.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The mainstream media's health coverage would lead you to believe all medical developments are risk-free and cost nothing.

Posted on: May 27, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Manufacturers intent on profits are trying to make consumers push doctors and hospitals to use unsafe products.

Posted on: May 4, 2008, Source: Health Beat

In the past 20 years, the U.S. has sunk from ranking No. 11 in life expectancy to No. 42. What gives?

Posted on: Apr 9, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Facts and myths about how the United States' shrinking work force can pay for the health needs of its retirees.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Why is the IAEP, a division of the SEIU, using union letterhead to endorse Lipitor and push drug sales pitches on its members?

Posted on: Mar 10, 2008, Source: Health Beat

Patients have more rights than they think.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The war against cholesterol has become a profitable cottage industry. But the science behind it has more than a few gaps. (Part two in a series)

Posted on: Feb 26, 2008, Source: Health Beat

The military is denying crucial care to soldiers, making them vulnerable on the battlefield.