Opinion: Why we should start talking about a state insurance mandate
State Sen. Scott Jensen (R- Chaska), one of only two doctors in the Minnesota Senate, recently wrote an editorial in the Star Tribune.
"I have been asked if I would support a discussion regarding a state-based mandate for health care," he wrote. "Yes, I would engage such a conversation -- why wouldn't I? Health care is infected with big problems, and easy solutions are not looming on the horizon. Legislators are in no position to close their minds to an idea that has received support from both sides of the aisle over the last 30 years."
MPR host Tom Weber talked with Jensen about what an individual mandate would mean for Minnesota - and how to start the conversation.
HealthPartners president and CEO Mary Brainerd will retire from her post in June after 15 years at the head of the health giant. She joined the program to discuss her career, the state of health care in the U.S., and health care policies being discussed both in St. Paul and in Washington.
MPR News host Tom Weber spoke with magazine writer Frank Bures, author of the new book, "The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes" 8/2/16
Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer. Dr. Badrinath Konety, chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Minnesota joined the program to help us understand Dayton's diagnosis and how it impacts his day to day life.