This morning I attended a Medical Technology Investors conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Device Society (www.massmedic.com) and the keynote speaker was US Senator Scott Brown, republican from the state of Massachusetts. Senator Brown was elected early this year to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. His address was geared towards medical technology companies, however many of the ideas that he shared are relevant to the home care industry as well. Below are some of the key takeaways:
- In seven months as Senator, Mr. Brown has travelled extensively around the country and the world (e.g., to Afghanistan, Israel, and other locations). He said that everyone everywhere talks primarily about one thing – JOBS! People want to work.
- He expressed frustration that in the same timeframe that congress has spent less than 10 days on jobs (but for example they spent over three days before adjourning their last session on campaign finance reform).
- He also pointed out that in his 7 months as a Senator that the national debt has grown by over $1 Trillion dollars (and he reminded us that a trillion is a 1 followed by 12 trillion).
- He spoke about how republicans talk about him being the 41st vote in the senate (note that passing a bill requires 60 out of the 100 votes), but he said that he can also be the 60th vote to pass something, and said that his vote does not belong to the republicans, but rather to the people of Massachusetts who he represents.
- He explained he’s trying to bring the discipline of “spending from the bank account and not with the credit card”
- The main thing he spoke about was how he needs to fight for jobs and for business leaders, and specifically that he needs to work to cut the regulations and taxes that keep business leaders from hiring and keeping workers.
On a side note, I think that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Scott Brown. He seems to be well in touch with the pain that individuals, families, and businesses are facing. He’s also a handsome guy and a great speaker with a lot of personality and even a good deal of humor in his delivery. His campaign in Massachusetts was very positive and about helping the people, and he travelled around the state in his pick-up truck (that he pointed out was outside and now has 210,000 miles on it).
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