Dave Durenberger and his experienced panel discuss health care reform

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In April 2008, David Durenberger and The National Institute of Health Policy invited 40 veterans of the 1993-94 Clinton health reform initiative to gather in Minnesota and focus on what they recommend be done to “get it right” in 2009.  They worked with 40 other invited guests in leadership positions in the current health care delivery system.  By the end of the meeting, there was much more consensus than anyone might have believed possible given the fact that so many were polar opposites 15 years ago.

One thing everyone agreed on is that what they each saw 15 years ago in the heat of reform depended on where they stood; that conflicting GOP and Democratic political goals made bi-partisan consensus impossible; that they would do anything they could to help the next president and Congress to get it right for a change.  They called called it System 2009 and the resulting white paper, "The Ten Commandments for Presidential Leadership on Health Reform" is now available. 

On August 13, 2009. they reunited in Washington, D.C., to see how well President Obama is doing and issue a new report available in the coming weeks. Read Senator Durenberger's analysis.

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 08/18/2009