State Sen. John Marty and former U.S. Sen. David Durenberger will be the presenters of two forums about the role of government in health care sponsored by the Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government.

The forums are free and open to the public. They are set for noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Central Lakes College's Chalberg Theatre in Brainerd.

No domestic policy issue has dominated debate in this country for as long as has the financing of access to affordable health care for all Americans. Marty and Durenberger have long been considered national leaders in health policy, according to forum organizers.

Health care costs nationally are fast approaching $4 trillion a year, and too many Americans lack adequate financial resources to secure needed services yet pay vastly more for their care and remain less healthy than people in all the developed nations in the world.

"The Rosenmeier Center presents an unusual opportunity in this forum to hear both the history and the current status of this uniquely American political challenge from these two experts,” Rosenmeier Center vice president and forum chair Laura Raedeke said in a news release.

Marty, a Roseville resident, belongs to the DFL and champions a national commitment to finance health insurance coverage. Republican Durenberger advocates every American be assured a tax subsidy for multi-year membership in a choice of health companies.

Marty has been a state senator since 1987, advocating for government ethics, environmental protection, and universal health care. Durenberger is a member of the board of directors of United States of Care. The organization describes itself as a non-partisan, nonprofit working to "ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. "

The Trump administration has yet to decide on a national health financing policy other than repealing the Affordable Care Act, while Democratic candidates for president are committed to universal insurance coverage but vary on their approaches.