State Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman and a dozen other Minnesota health care leaders travel to Germany Tuesday to learn about the government-regulated private health insurance system there that covers everyone. Here’s hoping they get a better reception than Hermann the German gave Tiberius Caesar’s Roman legions 2,000 years ago this month, as re-enacted over the weekend in New Ulm, Minn.
In September, 9 A.D., Hermann, whose statue (shown in photo before assembly) towers over New Ulm, triumphed in a running battle through Germany’s Teutenborg Forest over Tiberius’ forces, who were left in urgent need of medical services.
Here’s how the battle looked as captured on YouTube:
Ludeman’s corps may be able to avoid such treatment if they enter Germany singing the theme song from his 1986 race for Minnesota governor: “Cal LUUUdeman, He’s WUUUnderbar!”
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