Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Doctors leaning to the left

THE WEEK THAT WAS

WINNER: Hillsborough County

The county lands another company looking to expand. This time Quest Diagnostics wants to add 350 new jobs and build a 48,000-square-foot facility in Tampa. The announcement comes after several other life sciences companies recently decided to invest or expand there, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Covidien HealthPlan Services, Synergy Health and Smart Science Labs.

LOSER: General Motors

The automaker recalled 3.4 million more vehicles on Monday and took heat for not repairing recalled vehicles quickly enough.

American doctors have shifted their political support away from Republicans toward Democrats, according to a new study. The percentage of contributions that doctors have given to Republicans has mostly declined since 1996. It dipped below 50 percent in 2008 before rebounding in 2010. It then dipped below 50 percent again in the 2012 election. The study attributed the partisan shift to an increase in female physicians and the shrinking number of doctors running their own solo and small practices. The study was conducted by professors from Stanford, New York University and Columbia. The tilt toward Democrats does not extend across all specialties. Cardiac specialists still give the bulk of their donations to Republicans, and, in general, male physicians are more generous to GOP candidates. — Derek Willis, New York Times

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