BRAINERD DISPATCH The U.S. health care system is broken and the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA- Obamacare) does little to fix it. It was a significant political victory but only a small health care victory. Driven by rising health policy premiums, Minnesota residents now rank second in the country in selection of high deductible health care policies (up to $30,000) in attempts to keep annual premiums affordable. The dominant employer-based hea... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Regardless of how much damage the U.S. Supreme Court does to the federal Affordable Care Act, Minnesota as far as we can see in the future will continue to be squeezed by unsustainable health care inflation, uninsured and underinsured families, and growing inequality in health care access and outcomes based on race and income. We simply must find a better way, and chart our own state’s path to improv... Read More
The case for universal care at the state level STAR TRIBUNE Nothing is quite as awe-inspiring as welcoming a newborn into the world. As a nurse and midwife, I've been privileged to comfort thousands of laboring women and welcome more than 550 Minnesota babies into my waiting hands. Whether arriving with a robust cry or stunned silence, each is imbued with human dignity and promise. I worked knowing that each mother and baby deserved my f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT I’m holding two thumbs up and urging that history buffs and policy wonks get to a theater soon and see “The Iron Lady,” the movie that won a third Oscar for Meryl Streep. She portrays Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, struggling in old age with a fading memory of her historic and mostly successful battle to revive an entrepreneurial and self-reliant spirit in a nation... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Minnesota must forge ahead with its own system for universal coverage; a single payer might make sense As pundits try to explain the “99 percent” movement, they typically identify driving factors such as student debt, high levels of unemployment, anger at Wall Street greed, and the glaring and growing economic inequality in the United States. But health care — namely the lack of it and ... Read More
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