The best health care solutions just might bubble up

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Take it from politician-cum-professor Dave Durenberger: "All health care is local."

Don't get him wrong. The former Republican U.S. senator, founder of the National Institute of Health Policy and University of St. Thomas professor is a strong supporter of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which politicians in his erstwhile party call "Obamacare."

But the real work of improving America's health and controlling costs won't be done in Washington, no matter who wins the next election, Durenberger told a Minneapolis church audience last week. It will happen in those places where local political and civic leaders put better, more affordable health high on their own agendas. They're best positioned to see what's driving local health care costs and how to change course.

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Originally published: 09/24/2011, Star Tribune