August 24, 2009

We can’t afford to settle for half-baked health care reform

By Kelley Luckstein

I remember baking cookies as a little girl with my grandmother. We would mix the ingredients, stir thekim-norton1 dough, and together we would carefully place each piece on the cookie sheet and decorate it meticulously before sliding it into the oven. I was always so excited -- I wanted the cookies to be done right away. But she knew intuitively when the cookies were just right.


By her example I learned the value of patience, and came to understand the steps needed for a job well done.


Today, Americans are anticipating with renewed excitement the prospect of health care reform efforts decades in the making. For more than 50 years, our patience has been tried as insurance premiums, health care costs, and prescription drug prices have continued to skyrocket and 47 million American men, women, and children -- including more than 400,000 Minnesotans -- have faced the troubling uncertainty of a life without coverage.


More locally, the president himself has noted Rochester's Mayo Clinic as a national model for low-cost quality care -- and for good reason.

For decades the Mayo Clinic has fueled our local, regional and state economy while leading the country in providing more innovative, cost-effective means of providing quality health care. Mayo has crafted and implemented a health care system based on collaborative relationships in which doctors and patients are treated with respect, and quality of care takes precedent over quantity.


Post-Bulletin, Editorial by Kim Norton DFL-Rochester, represents District 29B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, 8/24/09

Tags: health care reform, Health Policy, Health Policy, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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