Gary e-mails to note this story:
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Minnesota health experts head to Germany this week to examine a medical system where everyone has insurance and private health plans operate under government supervision.
The 13-member delegation includes state Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman, legislators and officials from the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood and AARP.
The group will meet with German health care regulators and insurers.
They will also visit a for-profit hospital.
The trip runs Tuesday through Sunday. It's organized by the University of Minnesota's Center for German and European Studies.
Gary then asks:
Why is Planned Parenthood going on the trip?
Good question. I'm sure there is a perfectly reasonable explanation and the fact that abortion providers are joining politicians and government officials on a state health care junket should in no way raise suspicions about the kind of procedures that taxpayers will end up funding if we move toward greater government control of our health care system.