October 23rd, 2009
01:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty: Health care plan not a contrast with Obama

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty rolled out a series of new health care proposals earlier this month.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty rolled out a series of new health care proposals earlier this month.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday that his proposal to allow consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines is a "good idea" and is not intended to draw a contrast with President Obama's health care agenda in Washington.

Pawlenty, who is enhancing his national profile as he mulls a presidential run in 2012, argued that his plan would increase competition among insurance companies and drive down health care costs.

"It's not meant to contrast with anything other than to advance good ideas that will hopefully improve health care and the cost of health care and provide people more health care choices," he told reporters after a Washington fundraiser for his political action committee on Thursday evening.

The Minnesota governor sent a letter to the country's 49 other governors earlier this week urging them to band together to support his proposal.

"We are trying to promote good ideas, and I think those are good ideas," he said. "I don't think it's limited to being Republican or Democaat. We're hoping some Democratic governors will sign on to that as well."


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. redloves2sing

    Except that across the state line is the same underwriter that appeared in your state. There really is no competition. This is a ploy to avoid a public option. There are 4-7 insurance underwriters nationwide. So, while one is called one name in one state, and another in a neighboring state, the underwriter is the same, thus the policies are the same. Which all equals no real competition.

    October 23, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. david

    hunt liberals...its cool...they squeal when you hit them

    October 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Sandi

    Let's get EVERYONE covered ..........ok? You guys are making it harder than it needs to be. EVERYONE with AFFORDABLE premiums!! I am so tired of the backbiting and stabbing. I don't care if it the Dems or Rep's just get it done already!

    October 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. DC

    Point 1:
    Case 1: Healthy people: since insurance companies cherry pick healthy people in 1 state, now you're going to open state lines, and they will cherry pick healthy people in other states, healthy people will see competition, but you still don't help the sick people Tim.
    Case 2: Some states set flat insurance rates for areas of people, one flat rate, where healthy people pay a little more, but the sick have affordable insurance. If you open state lines, now you ruin everything that some states have set up to control costs in their area.
    Point 2: Each state regulates their health insurance programs, now you have to move all of the regulation to a federal level. I don't know about you Tim but I think this would take congress a long time to accomplish

    October 23, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Reagan was wrong

    Sorry T-Paw, but you're about as exciting as a jar of mayonnaise.

    October 23, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. FEDFL

    That would be a great idea ... except for one problem.

    Insurance companies will flock to the state that provides consumers with the fewest protections and has no regulations whatsoever regarding the types of care must be covered. Then they will market junk healthcare policies nationwide.

    Think that wouldn't happen? Take a quick look at the credit card companies and South Dakota. Who knows, maybe that's Pawlenty's. Welcome to Wall Street's version of America.

    October 23, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. JM Ford

    Timmy, Timmy...do your real job...

    October 23, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. JG

    Once again...who is this guy and why is he SO LATE?

    October 23, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. KP

    You know what, Mr. Pawlenty; you should just shut up. Just shut up. Sit down.......and shut up.

    October 23, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Big Joe Rice Eden Prairie MN

    Even a neophyte like Sarah Palin had the intellectual capacity to recognize the need to resign her position as Governor before starting her national run at office; unlike still Governor Pawlenty who phones it in from Republican fundraisers all over the country. Pity Governor Pawlentys "no new taxes" mantra can't be applied to the salary we Minnesotans pay him – truly he is an empty suit.

    October 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. jc

    YES! Gov. Pawlenty is on the right track allowing consumers to go across state lines will drive down the price on insurance policies. Consumers will start to see a comparative advantage when shopping for insurances.

    October 23, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Jerry

    That is the problem with politics now. If it's an idea from a democratic, republicans have to dislike it. If it's an idea from a republican, democrats have to dislike it. Hence, the do nothing congress.

    October 23, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    Somebody better pay attention to the medicare end of the health care program. OBAMA means for it to fade into oblivion. The Stupid democrats better remember that it is elderly folks who vote in elections.

    October 23, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Dave

    But with Obama: it is all about Obama (this is why we hear "it's not about me" all the time.
    Thus, even a good plan not starting with Obama will not go on!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. shmeckel

    HMM, I sure would like to hear the reasons for not wanting them to compete across the state lines.

    October 23, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Joshua College Station Texas

    Very clever, Mr. Pawlenty. Not partisan, just good ideas.

    As I've said before, if the ideas work, then great. It's about time Republicans came up real, well thought-out ideas, and then put some of them into practice, instead of just taking pot shots at the Dems. Pawlenty is one who is in a position to do so.

    If the ideas don't end up working, then we'll know.

    October 23, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. he just needs to quit

    follow Palin's lead and quit politics

    he is a train wreck ready to bring all with him

    October 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Darlington

    This guy wld never stop jocking around in hopes of being the saviour of the G.O.P's in 2012, we now know what Tim pawlenty is all about' the same old republican with limited out of touch ideas about low taxes for the 1 percent & huge coporations in economics, abortion right, ya..ya..ya.. We are tired of all these noises and want soln to the pressing issues of our time not some old outdated philosophy that us clearly not taking america in the right direction

    October 23, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. katiec

    Anyone that thinks the insurance company is all of a sudden going to regain integrity and accountability without government intervention has their head in the sand.
    Companies "becoming honorable" while dealing across state lines, many states monopolized by the same companies, is once again supporting the insurance companies.
    Public Option will make the become competitive, accountable and stop the raping of the American people.

    October 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. amy

    Pawlenty has got nothing.

    October 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Ted Tartaglia

    Pawlenty doesn't seem to realize that you have to have a good idea before you can promote it. His stale idea does not do a thing to control healthcare costs; it just promotes stalling. He is just promoting the Repub mantra: misinform, obstruct, and stall.

    October 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Michael

    I keep hearing this idea to allow competition across state lines, but I have yet to hear an adequate response to the concern: won't this just result in the same situation as the credit card companies that all moved to Delaware after they were permitted to compete across state lines? They all moved to the state with the least regulation. Won't the same thing happen with health insurance companies? Is that a good thing for the American consumer? I don't think so.

    October 23, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    Of course it's not a contrast with Obama's, that would be putting it mildly.

    It's a totally retarded and out dated concept that will fail along with every thing else the republicans have ever dreamt up, like trickle down poverty, WMD's, Torture, War in Afghanistan, Tax cuts ONLY for the rich, deregulation and Hate thy Neighbor!

    October 23, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. vince

    I'm all in favor of health care reform and back most of the Democrats plans for reform including the public option.

    But, I do like the Republican idea of allowing Health Insurance companies to operate across state lines. Seems like this should be part of the reform as well. If you want competition, why not open up the field.

    October 23, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Umm, that proposal has been out there since all the debating has started. Besides, all that proposal does is make the insurance gods even stronger. A public option is the ONLY way to create competitive pricing in insurance.

    October 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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