February 25th, 2010
05:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Pawlenty: Health care summit was 'window-dressing'

Possible 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Thursday's summit was a public relations stunt.
Possible 2012 presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Thursday's summit was a public relations stunt.

Washington (CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty sent a letter to President Obama last week urging him to invite governors to the White House health care summit because state executives have "hands-on experience reforming health care in our states."

That request was declined.

Not surprisingly, Pawlenty, a potential Obama rival in 2012, said Thursday's high-profile meeting failed to deliver.

"It's unfortunate that President Obama rejected my request to include governors from both parties in today's discussion," Pawlenty said in a statement released by his office. "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," he concluded.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Doraine Gordon

    We don't care which method is used to pass Health Care Reform. We need it and Congress needs to get over all the pettiness and vote to pass it. They were suppose to look out for the American people but they don't. The Republicans in Congress are all wealthy and have good insurance so the rest of us can get lost.

    February 25, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    For example, in Minnesota we've implemented reforms such as paying providers based on quality

    Senator Cobern brought this idea to the meeting and President Obama reminded everyone at the end of the meeting that those ideas are already in the Dem bills. As for Pawlenty, facts are just window dressing.

    February 25, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. jm from sc

    The Summit today was not for governors. It was for law makers on the Federal level who normally vote on issues. Pawlenty is just trying to score political points to become the front runner for the GOP.

    February 25, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. John

    It's unfotunate Pawlenty thinks he can commandeer a summit in less than a week.

    More unfortunate for him, he sounds a lot like McCain these days, and hopefully, the same outcomes for them both will be deeply enjoyed next election day, as they contemplate their retirements..

    February 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. John

    Oh, and someone might reeducate Pawlenty and remind him fifty governors do not sit in Congress, and have nothing more than their opinions to sway Congress.

    In all fifty states, the states themselves have had the power to regulate insurance companies within their own borders, and have failed the very people they govern.

    That includes Pawlenty, the macaw from the north, screeching his petty opinions with nothing to back them up.

    February 25, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Albo58

    This administration made a huge mistake and complete fools of themselves during this pathetic summit!

    February 25, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Bill

    Pawlenty is correct in calling the meeting "window dressing" because that is all that we are getting out of Washington nowdays.

    Anything the Democrats try to do, the Republican oppose in mass without even considering the consequences for this country and its people, and the same goes the other way.

    The American people are tired of this and we need to show both parties come election time. Throw all incombents out of office! Re-elect no one back into office!

    February 25, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. I Am Rush Limbaugh and I Say . . .

    Tim Pawlenty (R-Wellpoint)

    February 25, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Capt. Snarky

    Boy, you'd think that if the President was serious about finding consensus, he'd solicit ideas from anyone who has them. This "summit' was just a ploy, everyone knows it.

    Mr. President – every poll I've seen indicates that the majority of the people want the current proposals dropped, and at the very least, started over with bipartisan support. If you weren't such a pompous ASS, you'd do what the people want.........

    February 25, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. mary from minnesota

    Tim, you don't reform it, you eliminate it. (GAMC) Just like you don't raise taxes, you impose fees. You are devious and manipulative and very superficial. I hope you run for Prez, just know those qualities will be exposed. You won't get Minnesota Nice during that campaing – nor should you.

    February 25, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. ED FL

    when the camera showed the GOP panel it was the first time I saw a group of the most hateful, deceitful, spiteful group of men since the last time i saw that same group of NO's that do not give a d–n about any one but the wealthy buisness and corporations that they personally represent in this present government. it included a group of doctors who even if marginally competent could make a million or more in medical practice that have traded that position for a government job [that pays about $175.000.] that is a lazy mans way of legal graft from big buisness. What a shame that a once honorable job to help their constituancy is being used for personal advantage.

    February 25, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Lee in TN

    If Pawlenty wants to be heard in congress, then he needs to be elected to congress. Actually, he needs to quit worrying about things on the national level and spend some time in his own state where the taxpayers are paying him for nothing.

    February 25, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. jesse sanders

    republicans are evil. dont listen to them

    February 25, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Dan

    Right! and not such a hard to spot one!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Ian Gramaccioni

    This guy is only a governor because the democratic vote gets divided between the democrat candidate the independent candidate in Minnesota. However, if comes down to a presidential election where the independent candidate does not factor into Minnesota Presidential politics, Pawlenty will not even win his “home” state.

    February 25, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    He should know, no one is more window dressing than Tim.

    February 25, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Shelly

    Whatever the President does, it is NEVER right for the Republicans....their main agenda is to make annoying noise and criticize everything. They just want the President to fail. Their silly juvenile and at times unpatriotic behavior is getting old.

    February 25, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Jake

    Just another day of dumocraps /NObama trying to steam roll anyone that does not agree with their socialist agenda.Too bad they have met their match,the GOP just will not roll over for the morons.Suck it up morons come Nov. your pain will stop.

    February 25, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Window dressing?
    No, worse: another SLICK SHAM of President Obama's.

    February 25, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Joanna in PA

    If it was what your pushing, then stop crying about transparency!

    February 25, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Todays summit exposed a some serious flaws with the Republican's proposals:

    1) The Republican bill only covers 3 million people (the Democrats bill covers 30 million people)
    2) The Republican bill does nothing for people with preconditions (the Democrats bill makes this practice illegal).

    essentially it doesn't change anything and that is wrong, if they think the Democrats are going to compromise on these 2 issues after giving up the Public Option in favor of the Exchange. Then we wont have any meaningful health care reforms.

    February 25, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. JohnRJ08

    So are you, Mr. Pawlenty. Your comment is just another empty-headed attack on the President that does nothing to serve the needs of the people.

    February 25, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. Blue

    No, it was just over your head.

    February 25, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. IVOTE

    Did the Govs meet last week?

    February 25, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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