Minnesota Health Reform Caucus (MHRC)

Starting in the summer of 07’, a group of freshmen legislators, committed to real health care reform, began meeting in St. Paul. Calling themselves the Minnesota Health Reform Caucus, the group is chaired by myself, Carolyn Laine (DFL, Columbia Heights) and Shelly Madore (DFL, Apple Valley). We met regularly to discuss issues into today’s health […]

Veteran’s Report

On Monday, January 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM, The House and Senate Veterans Affairs Policy and Finance Committees and Divisions will meet in Room 5, of the State Office Building. The Agenda: To discuss the Veterans Long Term Care Advisory Committee report, and the Veterans Mental Health and Psychological Support Services report. Chairs: Rep. Mary […]


The following is a letter from Mark Kimball, Communication Director of the CDF-MN: Dear Representative: Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Minnesota is pleased to inform you that you have been named a “Legislative Children’s Champion” by the CDF Action Council for your votes in 2007 to invest in children and to ensure every Minnesota child has […]

Health Care Forum

Have you seen the movie "SiCKO?" Do you have health care stories too? Then join me Tuesday, 6 p.m., November 27 at Java Live in Faribault, 313 Central Ave N, to hear Kip Sullivan talk about what's wrong with our current health care system and how to fix it. Mr. Sullivan is a long time […]

Nursing Home Update

This last week I visited with Pat Vincent, and Maureen Greden, Director of Nursing at Three Links Care Center and later with Kyle Nordeen of The Northfield Retirement Center.  Our conversations seemed awfully familiar.  Many of the issues we talked about were the same ones we discussed four years earlier.  The nursing home and long-term […]

Healthcare Discussion

  Monday evening I met with several voters and talked about their experiences with the health care system.  They described a system that at best is uneven.  On the one hand, those who had encountered the services of the Mayo Clinic raved about service and before and after care.  Their use of technology in record […]

Our Health Care System from a Nurses Perspective

Recently I visited with local nurses to talk about health care from their perspective.  It was inspiring to hear their stories and their concern for their patients and the health and well being of neighbors and citizens.  Nurses are in a position of direct care and see daily the results of patients neglecting their health […]

Curing the Health Care System

  Here’s a presentation you might find interesting.  Steve Miles was student body president my Freshman year at St. Olaf and in 2000 was seeking the DFL endorsement for US Senate, the seat Mark Dayton currently holds.  I remember him as an impressive leader in 1970 and great speaker as well.  Curing the Health Care […]

Healthcare and general welfare

We’ve been hearing a lot about health care lately, and with good reason. Just the other day, driving home from work I heard a disturbing story about a pharmaceutical company that has a drug that can cure several types of cancer. What does it cost, you might ask? The company argues it can charge what […]
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