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Articles from No. 91, January/February

Big Brother, M.D
If U.S. businesses aren't against the Clinton plan for reforming America's health-care system, then the battle against Big Government is over.After all, if a cradle-to-grave federal health-care entitlement program managed by a "National Health Board"...
Buying Cost-Effective Health Care
The Clinton health-care plan is as ambitious as it is unwieldy. All employers would be required to pay for their workers' health coverage, but 98 percent of all companies wouldn't control costs since the minimum package of benefits would be purchased...
Daniel P. Amos
The west-central Georgia city of Columbus, 7,000 miles and worlds away from Tokyo, is an unlikely home for a a de facto member of Japan Inc. Through a combination of niche marketing, persistence, and a little luck, however, insurer Aflac--formerly American...
EAPs: Cost-Effective
There are 10,000 employee assistance programs in the U.S., and no two of them are necessarily alike. But their objective almost always is to ensure that employees and their families get treatment for substance abuse and other personal problems that can...
Ed McCracken
In a chilling scene from the movie, "Jurassic Park," a salivating Tyrannosaurus Rex stalks a frightened band of scientists and observers. Perhaps no less Promethean, however, is the appetite of Ed McCracken, president and CEO of Silicon Graphics Inc.,...
Hurdles to Monetary Union in Europe
Barely two years ago, the European Community seemed poised to become the world's leading economic area, unified by a single currency, and eventually expanding to include all the continent. Today, this dream is dead. Countries applying for EC membership...
Joe Santifer
When Steelcase, the office furniture maker, decided to launch an affiliate owned and run by a minority executive last year, senior management didn't have to look far to find the ideal candidate to head the new enterprise.It tapped Joe Santifer, 46, a...
Philippe Erard
Many chief executives preach the gospel of open markets, but few are as dogmatic as Philippe Erard, the head of Venezuela's Corimon, a $300 million manufacturer of paint, packaging, processed food, and petrochemical products.The opening of the once-highly...
Queen of Cash Flow
The apparel business, like Rodney Dangerfield, doesn't always get respect. But with few barriers to entry and stiff competition from imports, it can be unforgiving. Carrying a mountain of debt during an economic downturn in such a business can prove...
Robert Nourse
Walk into a Bombay Co. store and take in the stylish display of well-crafted, Victorian Raj-inspired furniture. The prices are affordable: Top dollar is $499 for a writing desk, and most items, such as butler's trays and end tables, cost around $200....
Rules for New CEOs
At best, most CEOs are no more than partially prepared or their new jobs. Some have had little or no headquarters exposure, minimal intemational action, anor limited divisional experience. Some were recruited from outside the compay and the industry....
Squeezing Cost out of the System
Let's get one thing straight. There's more than enough money in the American health-care system to cover everybody. Before we levy new taxes or require employers to provide health insurance, we must mount a serious effort to contain health-care costs...
The Partnership Prescription
Nobody can deny that healthcare costs are rising at an alarming rate. Medical care now swallows some 14 percent of the country's gross domestic product. And, according to the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, American businesses spent $204.5...
The Pathology of Poverty
Here comes Myron Magnet, a Live White European-American Male, poised to shake up the politically correct entrenched in our government, our media, and our universities. Unlike Dead White European Males such as Plato, Aristotle, Locke, and Kant, who are...
Tripping the Tax Man
When Warren Buffett invested $25 million in affordable housing tax credits three years ago, he was puzzled that more corporations weren't investing more money in the federally sponsored tax credit program--used to finance the relatively illiquid market...
Under the Knife
Despite the reams of news text and endless sound bites on President Clinton's $700 billion health-care proposal, two extraordinary elements seldom receive comment. The first revolves around the extent to which the government would assume responsibility...
What If Computer Companies Ran the Pizza Business?
Recently, I decided to upgrade my perfectly functional but hopelessly obsolete computer equipment. Over the past five years, I had moved from the Kaypro 4 I purchased in 1983 (a real Model T, with a defunct CPM operating system and just 640K of memory)...
Winning the War against Substance Abuse
The lonely cry of a train whistle pierces the night's stillness--a sober reminder of railroaders' stressful journeys across vast spaces and dangerous crossings. As trains hurtle from one destination to the next, transporting tons of coal, grain, and...