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Minnesota Public Radio applies truth squad to former Gov's health care claims

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Minnesota Public Radio’s Lorna Benson recently reported:

“As he prepares for a possible run for the presidency, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been touting the success of Minnesota’s home-grown health reforms during his national book tour.

Pawlenty, a Republican, said the state has designed a good blueprint for reining in costs that the rest of the nation should follow.

While it’s true that Minnesota has been experimenting with new ways of paying for care, some health care observers believe it’s a stretch to say that Minnesota’s experiments have had much of an effect on costs.”

She then went on to examine two specific claims made by Pawlenty. You can listen to the entire radio piece here:

On the Columbia Journalism Review website, Trudy Lieberman praised MPR’s reporting. “(Their) analysis has relevance for every journalist seriously interested in looking at the fixes du jour for soaring health care costs,” she wrote.

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