Let’s be different than Washington D-C, was the message Governor Tim Walz repeatedly hammered in his first State of the State address last night (Wed) at the Capitol:

“Let’s write our own story. Let’s write a new story how this can end. Let’s do this in a way that others can look at and say, that’s the way out of this, and let’s do it because Minnesotans, we’ve always done it before.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka  does not disagree with Walz on that:

“I want Minnesota to be the state that actually solves health care…. Why not Minnesota be the one that leads to solve the answers for all other states?”

But Gazelka and Walz differ sharply over the solution. Republicans say a free market system will reduce health care costs while Walz says single-payer “Medicare for all” is his goal.