This Week on America’s Business

By November 2, 2007America's Business

Americas Business with Mike HambrickModernizing America’s healthcare system, NAM President John Engler’s trip to Asia, a controversial consumer products safety bill, and the future of solar power are topics on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick.”

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) talks about her legislation to bring America’s health records system out of the pen and paper age and into the information technology era. With medical costs on the rise, Eshoo says the move could improve healthcare efficiency.

Engler this month leads a manufacturers and trade trip though Japan and China. He’ll call in from Japan to talk about his goals for the trip and hopes for U.S.-Japan relations.

Joining Mike to talk about a Consumer Product Safety Commission bill moving through the Senate is Joe McGuire, president of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Businesses support giving the tiny agency more funding but the bill contains risky provisions, including one that could cause a landslide of litigation against some companies.

Here comes the sun! The Department of Energy and BP recently hosted a Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. Mike will talk with Nick Venezia, a University of Maryland team member. The university’s team finished second overall with its solar house and won the People’s Choice Award.

Bells will also be ringing. Jake Malta, founder of Malmark Inc. – Bellcraftsmen, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of English handbells, is featured in this week’s installment of the program’s Creativity and Innovation in Manufacturing Series.

Besides these reports, Dave McCurdy, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, will offer an update on the corporate average fuel economy bill.

In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership gives us the heroes and villains of the tort reform battles and the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.”

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