Gov. Pawlenty is calling the White House health care summit “window dressing.” His office released this statement on the event:
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY REGARDING THE HEALTH CARE SUMMIT
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.