The Dow dropped under 10,000 in 2004, too; health reform multitasking

As the Dow dips below 10,000, one might identify a personal need for (1) a strong anti-depressant, (2) a very strong drink, or (3) a big hug. While all 3 have their places, it’s also useful to exhale (deeply, my friends), and reflect back on some history. The last time the Dow was at 10,000 […]

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A Plain Talk Express for Health Care

“When normal Americans know who the Secretary of the Treasury is, that’s notgood.”– Will Durst comedian Do Americans know who the Secretary of Health and Human Services is yet?*It’s been an intense week of on-again, off-again Congressional votes to rescue financial markets. Two remarks this week generated that Oprah lightbulb moment for me. First, I […]

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For American voters, it's all about the economy; health rises slightly against gas prices

The most important election issue to Americans is the economy, as of mid-September. The war in Iraq, the price of gas, and health care are within a few percentage points of each other in the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, taken among voters between September 8 and 13. 56% of Americans identified the […]

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Walmart, Caterpillar, and growing brand equity in health

  George Washington ate and drank here. Now, there’s a Walmart Supercenter in that spot. There’s an important crossroads in my vicinity where four major highways meet; it’s called King of Prussia, which is the intersection of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, US 422, and US 202. A new Walmart Supercenter opens at […]

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State of the U.S. Med Tech Industry: still innovating, but tight credit markets could slow innovation and deal-making

Medical technology is one of the most innovative sectors in the U.S. economy. The market is fueled by aging populations, expanding chronic conditions, and a forecasted growth in demand for companion diagnostics to use in concert with personalized, targeted therapies. In its detailed update, Pulse of the industry: US medical technology report 2008, Ernst & […]

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