Great Healthcare Debate: How Romney, Ryan, Wyden Will Save Medicare



By: Ankur A. Shah
The Great Healthcare Debate column previews the upcoming 2012 US Presidential Election, and the ramifications it will have on our healthcare system.

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With the recent selection of Representative Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, both political parties have been attacking their respective opponent’s plans for Medicare. With widespread propaganda and misinformation, I felt it necessary to clarify the differences between the two parties’ plans for Medicare and health care spending in general. Because the effects of these programs will influence us, the current generation, more than anybody else, it is important that we make informed decisions regarding our future, and understand that only the Ryan-Wyden Bipartisan Plan will Save Medicare...

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Great Healthcare Debate: Why We Need Obama



By: Aneesh L. Gupta
The Great Healthcare Debate column previews the upcoming 2012 US Presidential Election, and the ramifications it will have on our healthcare system.

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At the end of the day, the debate between Romney/Ryan and Barack Obama comes down to one simple idea: today vs. tomorrow. While Paul Ryan's plan really does have America’s best interests at heart, his ideas ultimately fall short. President Obama’s ideas allow for more citizens to gain medical coverage, which will ultimately lessen the strain our nation’s health care is putting on our finances. It is time to fully embrace the fact that our capitalism-driven health care system is not working, and change is needed. At some point, we need to look at ourselves and decide if we are a country where only a small portion of our population receives health care, or if we are a country that fights for every American and their right to a healthy life...

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Dendreon: A Case Study in Pharma - The Science of Finance Column



By: Naveen S. Kumar
The Science of Finance Column takes a look at healthcare and analyzes it through the financial lens of a Wall Street Analyst.

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Working in finance has made me appreciate the interconnectedness between what I hear on CNN and what I see when I flip open my Bloomberg terminal. Sure we’ve all heard about the “globalizing” world where everything is connected…but its one thing reading about it in Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” and entirely different to experience it in real time. This may seem obvious: what happens out there in the real world really does – almost instantaneously – effect what happens to an individual stock, industry or sector. Health Care is no different, and this simple fact might be the reason why so many active managers have historically cautioned away from the sector that, by itself, accounts for over 17% of our GDP...

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How to Fix the US Healthcare System



By: Aneesh L. Gupta

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The most interesting thing about health care is the fact that no matter what we do, the overall amount of money spent on health care will never decrease. As medicine improves and increases our average lifespan, we will each require more medical care into those extended years, thus necessitating even more spending on medicine and other treatments...

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