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Minnesota House Assistant Majority Leader Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph, makes a point during a health care forum Tuesday night at the American Indian Resource Center in Bemidji. Panelists included Jeanine Gangeness, left, chairwoman of the Bemidji State Department of Nursing, and at right, Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Bemidji health forum urges 'public option'

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America's insurance industry lost track of managing risk and instead manages profits, nearly all panelists said Tuesday night at a health care forum in Bemidji.

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About 70 people heard a panel of about 10 health care professionals and lawmakers plug the so-called "public option," the President Barack Obama-supported call for a public health plan to compete with the insurance industry.

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