Health Care Policy

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) convenes lawmakers and policy experts to wrestle with pressing issues in health care reform and our medical care system. In addition, CSPG Director Professor Lawrence Jacobs conducts research on public opinion and the drivers of health reform.


The Affordable Care Act's aim to expand coverage to low income Americans depends on states deciding to expand their Medicaid programs in exchange for generous federal government funding. The states are split over whether to adopt the Medicaid expansion. This series of papers explain why.

Americans overall continue to dislike health care reform or Obamacare but there is growing evidence that they support specific reforms (such as expanding prescription drug coverage for seniors) and that the attitudes are changing, including those who were so hostile in 2010 that they favored repeal. Download the paper "New Public Appreciation for Health Reform"

Health Care Reform Series

For generations, Minnesota has championed public-private solutions to challenges that affect our state’s health care system. This approach, praised nationally as the “Minnesota Model,” merges private sector innovation and public policy in order to make health care as efficient and effective as possible for the greatest number of people.

In the spirit of this strong tradition of collaboration, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Humphrey School's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota have co-sponsored a series of public forums on how best to implement health care reform at the state level. By fostering discussions among local policy makers, stakeholders, and citizens, these conversations explore opportunities for ensuring Minnesota’s legacy as a leader in health and health care.


  • Health Reform: Preserving a Strong Role for the States – 2/16/12  Watch video
  • Minnesota Health Care Reform Town Hall – 3/8/12  Watch the video: Part 1 & Part 2
  • Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges  – 4/5/12  Watch video
  • Health for All – 6/19/12  Watch video
  • The Supreme Court and Health Reform – 7/9/12  Watch video
  • Putting Health First: A New Approach – 9/5/12  Listen to audio
  • Minnesota's Unfinished Agenda: Moving Health Reform Forward in An Uncertain Environment – 10/9/12  Watch the video: Part 1 & Part 2
  • Big Choices: Minnesota Health Reform – 3/13/13  Watch video
  • Looking Ahead: What May Surprise Minnesotans After Health Reform – 4/29/13  Watch video
  • How Will Medical Care Change After Health Reform? Patient Care and Payment Reform – 5/31/13  Watch video
  • Health Reform: Premium Shock or Benefit Redesign? – 9/4/13  Watch video
  • Health Reform Check-Up: Learning from the Medicare Prescription Drug Program – 12/3/13 Watch video:  Part 1 & Part 2
  • Finding Common Ground on Health Reform: Regaining Minnesota's Collaborative Tradition – 4/7/14  Watch video
  • Health Care Reform in 2015 – 5/14/14  Watch video
  • The Future of Medicaid Expansion – 8/5/14  Watch video
  • The Path Forward: Medical Providers, Payers, and Patients – 10/21/14  Watch video
  • MNsure 2.0: Consumer Satisfaction, Private Insurance Enrollment, and Financial Balance in 2015 – 11/14/14  Watch video
  • MNsure v. Auditor – 4/24/15  Listen to audio
  • New Directions in Health Reform – 5/8/15  Listen to audio
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