ArvinMeritor’s McClure: Reforming Health Care

By August 9, 2007Health Care

Charles “Chip” McClure, chairman and CEO of Michigan-based automotive supplier, ArvinMeritor Inc., also heads the NAM’s human resources council, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and hard-earned experience to the debate over health care. He highlighted the key issues in a speech Wednesday in Traverse City. Magic bullets, easy solutions, simple answers? Alas, no such thing. From Crain’s Detroit Business:

“The decisions we make today about how we’re going to handle runaway healthcare costs could make or break our industry tomorrow,” McClure said. “I’m not going to allow my business to be pushed to the brink over the cost of prescriptions.”

McClure said he has visited hospitals and health care groups to study the potential for improvement in information-technology systems and has also been meeting with members of Congress to push the issue.

In an era of increasing global competition in the automotive and other manufacturing industries, U.S. manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to compete against companies that operate in countries where they don’t have to cover the health care costs of employees.

Fixing health care, McClure said, must be a combined effort from insurers, government, drug manufacturers, employers and employees.

“It’s time we stopped health care from destroying the health of our industry and our country,” McClure said.

UPDATE (9:45 a.m.): ArvinMeritor has posted a transcript of McClure’s remarks here as a .pdf file. Lots of good commentary, not just on health care, but especially for those who follow the automotive industry.

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