Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's conclusion after 'civil' phone-based town hall: Curb health care costs
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took the national health care debate to the phone lines Sunday night, talking with more than 10,000 Minnesotans about reforming the current system.
Most of the hourlong conversation, which Klobuchar dubbed a "tele-town hall meeting," focused on holding down health care costs and making it more affordable for families and small businesses.
Dr. Denis Cortese, Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, and Mary Wakefield, the highest-ranking nurse in the Obama administration, joined her on the call.
Klobuchar cited Mayo as a model for a health system that "saves money and gets higher quality care," and said she would call for legislation that provides incentives for emulating its example.
Pioneer Press by Bill Salisbury 08/24/09
10,000 Minnesotans called Klobuchar with health care questions, and many are still waiting for clear answers
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is for: better health care, lower costs, nobody getting whacked from their health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, a "uniquely American approach'' to resolving the health care crisis.
Fortunately, the senator and her two guests — Dr. Denis Cortese, the CEO of the Mayo Clinic, and Mary Wakefield, a nurse who is the Obama administration's rural health care advocate — had time to answer only a dozen or so questions. Had all 10,000 people listening in had a chance to speak up, Klobuchar would have needed a freight train to haul all the ideas back to Washington.
MinnPost by Doug Grow, 8/24/09