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Continued: Jim Abeler: An ACA fixer and a GOP underdog

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 23, 2013 - 2:00 PM

“We need to import Minnesota ideas into the health system. It’s pricing in a way that looks at the total cost of care. It’s medical homes that coordinate treatment. It’s caring for low-income people through community clinics. It’s covering preventative care. We take that as normal — but it’s not the norm around the country.

“Obamacare went wrong when it focused entirely on access, and not on cost and quality. Now we have to address cost and quality, or the access won’t be there, either. In Minnesota, we know how to do that. I’ve been part of making that happen.”

It’s tougher to get things done in Washington, I allowed, citing the still-unresolved budget dispute. At the mention of the shutdown, his wistful smile was like that of a kid hearing about the new Xbox One: “I keep wishing I was there.”

Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at lsturdevant@startribune.com.

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