This Week on America’s Business

By February 2, 2007Global Warming, Health Care

Americas Business with Mike HambrickThis week’s “America’s Business” heats up with a discussion of climate change, as host Mike Hambrick interviews Truman Semans, Director for Markets and Business Strategy at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, an indefatigable critic of “global warming alarmism.”

Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson — currently the independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions — joins Mike to talk about “value-based health care.” The discussion also turns to Thompson’s potential candidacy for President; he formed a presidential exploratory committee in December.

Peter Cholakis, vice president of marketing for Avitar Technologies, Inc., a leading drug-testing company, details the tremendous costs of workplace drug abuse. Mark Feeback of Swisher Mowersadds his thoughts; the Missouri manufacturing company uses Avitar to test its employees.

The NAM bids farewell to Al Frink, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, who left the Department of Commerce on January 31. (News release here.) Frink, the first ever to hold that position, has been a great friend to manufacturing.

Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership relates a case of “legislation-through-litigation” affecting the availability of pharmaceuticals.

Our regular segments feature Jim Knott of Riverdale Mills in Massachusetts taking to “The Soapbox” to protest bureaucratic excesses by the EPA (for an account of the abuses, see this story); Woody Brown speaks from the Philadelphia “Factory Floor” of Kingsbury, Inc.; and the NAM’s Hank Cox considers “The Way It Was.” NAM President John Engler concludes with “The Last Word,” urging Congress to renew the President’s Trade Promotion Authority.

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