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Can Mitch Daniels Whip the GOP Into Shape?

The Indiana governor on health care reform.

11:00 PM, Nov 26, 2009 • By ROBERT M. GOLDBERG
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Through the first nine months of 2009, Indiana startups have landed $128.18 million in additional funding, more than any other state in the country. While the rest of the venture capital market tanked, Indiana's VC investment grew from $82.5 million in 2007 to $123.6 million in 2008. Indiana is fourth in the country VC investment. This past month, Indiana led the United States in job growth.

Daniels's health care record is one reason for his emerging stature as a national leader on the issue. More importantly, Daniels believes it's important for Republicans to be "the party of yes," to be known for "what we're for, not just for what we're against." On the pivotal health care issue, it means rewarding preventive health choices and medical progress. And don't forget that daily workout.

Robert M. Goldberg is vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (cmpi.org).