While the complexities of the American health care system will continue to challenge us for some time we appear to be seeing evidence of what the future may look like here in Wisconsin.

First of all the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is derisively known, continues to show signs it is working, plain and simple. Smart providers and others are increasingly ignoring the Congressional sideshow and working to maximize the benefits of the law.

Wisconsin has always been ahead of the curve in terms of benefits and number of people insured as well as the quality of health care and the news this week of a new partnership of the state’s six largest health systems is an indication of a willingness to stay that way.

UW Health, Aurora Health Care and four other systems plan to work together to seek efficiencies, reduce redundant systems, improve health care quality and lower costs.

Combined with a return to a more collaborative relationship among Madison providers, we’re getting a glimpse of what health reform is supposed to look like, and it looks healthier to us.