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Posted at: 08/17/2009 6:54 PM
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Franken Talks Health Care

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Minnesota Senator Al Franken made a stop at the Mayo Clinic today as the U.S. Senate works on its own health care reform bill.

One of the more heavily debated issues when it comes to reform is that so-called public option or government run health care.

So today, we found out where Minnesota’s Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar stand on that very topic.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken walked into the Kahler Grand Hotel this afternoon after touring Mayo Clinic.

Health care reform is one of the biggest domestic issues facing the federal government right now and Franken was quick to say he supports the President's idea of a public health care option.

"There's been a lot of misinformation about it. It's been called government take over health care. There's been a lot of figures thrown around that are really misleading,” says Sen. Al Franken.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was in Minneapolis today, says the slightly different not-for-profit co-op, may be the way to go.

"And one of the things we're starting to hear is we want to have some tug on the insurance companies so they offer good rates to us. We want to have some type of competition,” says Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Both senators seem to be in line with what the President is proposing.

He spoke about the public option during a town hall meeting in Colorado on Friday.

"And the idea here would be that a government run non-for-profit would have its own option that people could sign up for. They wouldn't have to, but the could sign up for it and if it would keep its costs lower and provide a good quality service and good benefits... than that would help keep the insurance companies honest,” says President Barack Obama.

Whatever the final outcome is all three agree it has to resemble what Mayo Clinic is already doing.

"If we did health care around the country like we did in Minnesota all of this would be paid for,” says Franken.

The issue of a public option is likely to come up in Mankato later this week.
That's when, as we've reported Congressman Tim Walz will host a town hall forum on health care reform.

That happens at Mankato East High School this Thursday.

The doors open at 5:30.