Pawlenty on health care summit

Gov. Pawlenty is calling the White House health care summit “window dressing.” His office released this statement on the event:


It’s unfortunate that President Obama rejected my request to include governors from both parties in today’s discussion. Governors have hands-on experience reforming health care in our states and would’ve brought concrete ideas to the table. For example, in Minnesota we’ve implemented reforms such as paying providers based on quality, rather than number of procedures, and incentivizing state employees to use higher-quality, lower-cost clinics.

Instead it appears today’s summit was mostly window dressing before Democrats use reconciliation to force their overreaching, ill-advised plan through Congress, despite the strong opposition of most Americans.

  • Governor Pawlenty is becoming about as useful to Minnesotans as a set of bagpipes is to a deer hunter.

    Surely, given the depth of animosity among the citizens that he currently serves, he will never be able to run as an agent of change on a national scale.

    I hope I’m right.

  • Tom Goodwin

    We’re tired of hearing the politicians talk. I would like to see both parties submit their detailed health care reform plans to an independent and impartial panel of experts. They could then tell the public which plans are most likely to accomplish the goals of everyone covered by insurance and reducing costs. Enough from the politicians. Let the plans stand the test of the academics.