So, are the solutions to our health care problems national or, as politicians like Pawlenty have claimed for years, local? It depends on which side of the table you’re sitting on. That’s good to remember when sorting through the myriad health care claims we’ll be hearing from candidates in 2012.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.