Some surprisingnames have recently entered the health care industry, with theleadership and financial clout to bring seriousdisruption.

Today's health care industry is not a still-lifepainting; it's a constantly shifting kaleidoscope. Everyone frombrokers to employers, providers to carriers are scrambling to trackthe rapid changes and reassess their roles in a fluidenvironment.

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and a newcomer to the industry, memorably sized upthe situation. “The ballooning costs of health care act as a hungrytapeworm on the American economy,” he famously said in a recentstatement. “Our group does not come to this problem with answers.But we also do not accept it as inevitable.”

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