Maggie Mahar to write for Angry Bear

Maggie Mahar has been has been showcased at Angry Bear in prior years, mainly in regards to healthcare, but has written on many topics with an economic theme. I am happy to announce she has agreed to write for Angry Bear, so please welcome her when her first post or two appears. Of course, readers, I am sure you will provide ample comment in the Angry Bear tradition. The following is a quick bio:

Maggie Mahar is the author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much (Harper/Collins 2006) and Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982–1999 (Harper/Collins, 2003), a book that Warren Buffett recommended in Berkshire Hathaway’s annual report.

She also narrated Money-Driven Medicine, a film based on her book, produced by Alex Gibney (best known for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room ) and directed by Andy Fredericks.
Bill Moyers called it “one of the strongest documentaries I have seen in years.”

From 2007 to 2011, she wrote the HealthBeatBlog, focusing on the economics and politics of heatlh care reform. The blog drew a loyal following made up of medical professionals, health policy experts, patient advocates., and others willing to take a skeptical look at our health care system.

Before beginning to specialize in health care, Mahar was a financial journalist. From the late eighties through the late nineties, she worte cover stories for Barron’s.. There, she covered both Wall Street and Washington, investigating and profiling corporate America while also writing about financial markets in the U.,S and abroad, with an emphasis on Japan and Russia.. After leaving Barron’s, she wrote a column about international markets and economics for Bloomberg.

Before becoming a journalist,Mahar was an English professor at Yale University.