This Week on America’s Business

By October 19, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike Hambrick
The new director of the Office of Management and Budget leads this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” with a frank discussion of spending and SCHIP, and we hear about billion-dollar successes of minority- and women-owned suppliers, look for cost-saving solutions to chronic disease and assess the risks of manufacturer-retailer relationships.

OMB Director Jim Nussle, a former eight-term Congressman from Iowa, joins Mike to discuss the Administration’s budgeting philosophy, Congress’ “PAYGO” approach, and the fate of the state children’s health insurance program (SCHIP).

The Billion Dollar Roundtable brings together corporations that do more than one billion dollars in spending with minority- and women-owned suppliers. We hear from the Roundtable’s co-founders, Sharon Patterson and Don McKneely about their goals and the group’s achievements.

Smaller businesses can see a deal with a mega-retailer as the answer to their marketing prayers, but then problems arise. Andrew Thomas of the University of Akron, who co-authored a Wall Street Journal column “The Distribution Trap,” tells us of the opportunities and obstacles.

Chronic diseases account for a major portion of employers’ health care costs, but it’s possible to manage the conditions. Speaking with Mike on the topic are Ken Thorpe, executive director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and Ross DeVol of the Milken Institute, principal author of the new report, “An Unhealthy America: The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease.”

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership looks at this week’s winners and losers in legal reform; the NAM’s Hank Cox takes us back to “The Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word” on trade agreements, exports and jobs.

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