Last updated on: 6/4/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael R. McGarvey, MD Biography

Title:
Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Six months ago today, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious and far-reaching reform of the health-care system in 45 years. In the months since that historic accomplishment, the public has been subjected to a relentless barrage of know-nothing, self-interested negativism from politicians and interest groups funded by the insurance industry, and the polls show voters are taking it seriously.

In the run-up to the reform vote, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeatedly crowed that the U.S. health-care system is ‘the best in the world.’ That is simply false. On every measure used to assess the effectiveness of health-care systems, the United States is outranked by more than 30 other nations. The first step to improvement is to recognize the problems.

I am a physician, and I spent 16 years of my career in and around the health-insurance industry, and I think the health-reform law is a huge step in the right direction…

The current clamor for repeal is a fool’s mission. Let’s hope such talk dies a natural death as the benefits of the law become more concrete, begining today.”

“Health-Care Reform Is Making a Difference,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep. 23, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Board of Directors, MedReview, 2005-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Public Administration, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (NYU)
  • Former Fellow, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Former Consultant: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Buck Consultants, The United Hospital Fund of New York, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Former Board Member: New York Academy of Medicine, Greater New York Hospital Association, New York Business Group on Health, New York State Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Review Research Center
  • Recipient, Academy Plaque for Exeptional Service, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Former Chief Medical Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Former Managing Director, Alexander & Alexander Consulting Group
  • Former Corporate Vice President, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Chief Medical Officer, New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Systems Management
  • Member, Board of Directors, MedReview, 1981-1988
Education:
  • MD, School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC)
Other:
  • None found