Tough talk for Minnesota's medical community

  • Article by: JILL BURCUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2012 - 4:54 PM

Ezekiel Emanuel, the fiery former presidential health care adviser, threw down a challenge to Minnesota’s medical technology industry as he championed the 2010 health reform law during a Wednesday speech at the University of Minnesota.

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teapartymikeJan. 26, 12 5:17 PM

The new tax on medical device manufactures in Obamacare will do nothing to make health care more affordable. In fact it will have the opposite effect. And it will be less then helpfull in enabling medical device manufactures to expand their business and create new jobs.

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Coony127Jan. 26, 12 8:06 PM

Yet again the government is commanding private industry on exactly how to innovate. We've learned through decades and decades of history that the market makes better decisions for society than government. These people--the Obama administration--want to control every aspect of our lives, from food consumption to energy cnsumption to medical technology. We have only ourselves to blame if we surrender to this slouch toward statism. De Toqueville warned that the tyranny most likely to be faced by Americans would be the tyrannuy of infantilism and dependence. As usual, his genius is prescient.

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commoncent4Jan. 26, 12 8:09 PM

shows how idiotic barrycare is....tax the devices that people need to purchase, raising the price, and saying it will save money. Go figure.

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regionguyJan. 26, 12 8:29 PM

If the speaker and the author of the article aren't aware of how some devices already save money and of how smartphones and the Internet are already being leveraged, they need to spend some time with the local device companies.

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RandonJan. 26, 12 9:35 PM

I have worked in the medical device arena for for more than 40 years.This guy is asking the device industry to to the job of the Hospital. He obviously has no real contact with us who deliver these lifesaving products every day. What is needed is total honesty from device companies when ther is a problem.They should not act like the government and try to hide the fact that all devices are man made.Man made products have issues. That does not mean we need to throw them out or require more stringent guidelines for them. I wont name names but a recent FDA requirement about specific device accessories has made us have to triple the size of our storage in already cramped space. Emanuel and his ilk need to spend time with us on the frotlines and spew nonsense from and office with no contact with realality.

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gcrileyJan. 27, 12 6:14 AM

He obviously has no real contact with us who deliver these lifesaving products every day. He is a typical bureaucrat, now experise but knows everything

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bettyishereJan. 27, 12 8:15 AM

Write with intelligence and knowledge. Proof read, spell check!Many posts just sound like rants. I was hoping to learn something from these posts about a subject I'm not informed about.....sadly disappointed.I have a hard time believing some of these posts are from people who work in the medical device industry.

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jaytee1Jan. 27, 12 8:20 AM

What Zeke Emmanuel (Rahm's brother BTW), knows well but failed to say is that the Obama health care reform bill will fail, even if it works exactly how Emmanuel believes it will. Why? Because Minnesota is vastly short of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workforce professionals. It doesn't matter how many people have health coverage if there are no doctors etc who will see them. If the lines and delays to get an appointment grow long enough, physicians will discontinue seeing patients with health plans that don't pay full costs....and the Medicaid expansion and the exhanges created by the Obama plan don't pay the full cost of a drs. visit. Instead of lecturing the device industry, perhaps Emmanuel should be lecturing President Obama about the need to expand the health care workforce.

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beebee82Jan. 27, 1210:10 AM

"Yet again the government is commanding private industry on exactly how to innovate."

When its the government (re: taxpayer dollars) almost exclusively funding our medical research universities, I think we have a stake in how those innovates are sought.

Because Minnesota is vastly short of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workforce professionals.

Strange. I keep hearing this complaint, yet every time I visit my local hospital, clinic or pharmacy, I have never encountered lines or waits. I see three to seven nurses standing behind the check-in chatting away. And I am always able to see my primary doctor. Perhaps there isn't so much as a shortage as there is a productivity problem.

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jimcjensenFeb. 2, 12 7:28 AM

Health care spending-50% of all revenue for health care is coming from Uncle Sam. What vendor would introduce a heavy senior use product without approval from medicare? What senior could afford a $50,000 to $100,000 device? Let's get real here---the vast majority of health care spending is SPENDING SOME BODY else's money. True free enterprise does not EXIST. Because of this a lot of things that most businesses have done,long ago ---are not done until forced by the GOVT. A good example is electronic records. My clinic is converting in 2012---not to better serve their clients, but because they are being "forced" to do it. Very pathetic---just paid $400 for a simple sprain xray,and on the revisit to the clinic ---it wasn't there. They said "they are very slow in getting these to us".

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