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. Amazed

    Has any Republican said anything positive or constructive about our country or our President in the past 14 months?

    Unbelievable these worshippers of Rush.

    February 25, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Tim

    Mr President, thank you for trying to bring them on board, but the Republicans had no intention of joining the team. Now’s the time to move forward with reconciliation!!!!

    February 25, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. leonardofru

    There can be no doubt now that Mr. Obama is a intellectual lightweight and and a radical idealogue.

    February 25, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Collin

    Oh just shut up and stop making me embarrassed to be from Minnesota already. For all of your "hands-on experience reforming health care in our states" you haven't done anything positive for us.

    February 25, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. jane

    The Republicans asked for it; they got it. Now let's see what more excuses they come up with for doing nothing.

    February 25, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Pawlenty...A guy who wants to represent the people of the United States and yet his state's population is smaller than most major cities in the US. No thanks.

    February 25, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    GOP Greedy Obstructionist Pinheads.

    February 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. get real

    I love it! He's just upset that he wasn't invited to the party.

    Waaaaaa waaaaa boo hoo sniffle! I'm important, too. Waaaaaaaa!

    February 25, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Cathy in AZ

    As a former resident of MN I am continually embarrased by the Governor as well as Michelle Bachman. No one cares what he thinks and most people I talk to are counting the days when he leaves office. Hopefully never to be seen or heard from again.

    February 25, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Mark

    Tim Pawlenty is a typical Republican. Obama is seriously trying to get new ideas out there but the Republican could only play the blame game and political postering. The FACT CHECK didn't surprise me. Republicans of course conveniently left important aspects out to make themselves appear correct.

    February 25, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Chef Jeff

    It would have been nice to include the governors somewhere along the line, but today was not a meeting for governors. It was for Congress. Pawlenty, if he is really interested in health care reform, can call his own summit and invite the president.

    Cheers!

    Chef Jeff

    February 25, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Banderman

    Obama is intolerant of dissent that does not square with 'his private view' of the world and America. This clearly shows his lack of qualification to lead this Nation properly. No one asked Obama to 'remake' America in his own image. His job is to govern, not dictate. Evidently he has not read nor understands his job description.

    February 25, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This guy is an ideot.

    February 25, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Center left-out

    This meeting is for grown ups. Not, flip floppers T-Paw.

    February 25, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Laverne

    Tim Pawlenty who?? This guy is so irrelevant and boring. He will say anything to make someone take notice of him, but if we get Pawlenty it will be like having leftover meatloaf all week!

    February 25, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Obama-Mama

    No, it was not a waste of time. It proved, without a shadow of doubt, that the Republican's does not have a plan, no ideas and truth be told – like the Whig party – obsolete.

    February 25, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I have an idea. Why don't the governors get together and come up with their plan and present it to the president and Congress. They don't need Obama's permission, and they don't need an invitation to visit D.C. If Gov. Pawlenty isn't smart enough to figure that out then Minnesotans need to elect another governor – one who will take action rather than whine.

    February 25, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Susan

    As if the Republicans have never, ever used reconciliation either. What drivel.

    February 25, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    T-Paw is a worthless liar in an empty dress.

    February 25, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Larry

    "Governor Pawlentle stated "Democrats (will) use reconciliation to force their overreaching, ill-advised plan through Congress, despite the strong opposition of most Americans." When the f did this moron conduct a vote of the American people?

    February 25, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. America First

    And in MN Pawlenty has also thrown 35,000 of the state's poorest citizens (mostly mentally ill and approximately 8,000 veterans) off of their healthcare. Pawlenty also phoned in a veto (he is too busy trying to be a 2012 nominee to be in MN much) even after the MN legislature in a rare display of BI-PARTISANSHIP overwhelmingly voted to extend these 35,000 people's health insurance for at least another 16 months.

    February 25, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    More Pawlenty-related news for all the Pawlenty fans out there. I'm sure all three of them will read this article with great interest.

    February 25, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Ellie

    Thanks GOODNESS Pawlenty was NOT there. He's a spineless coward who loves to talk smack but never steps up at addressing the issues.

    February 25, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Arizona Mike

    These guys just don't get it. Americans want common sense solutions to our problems, not partisan posturing. The elections don't SEND A MESDSAGE that we want Republican solutions or Democratic solutions. We want well-meaning people to work together to reach consensus on huge issues. Throw the incumbents out and demand that our elected representatives work to resolve problems.

    Impractical as it may be, we need to get the money out of the election process so that common people can participate without having to toe the party line in order to be heard.

    February 25, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Arizona Mike

    These guys just don't get it. Americans want common sense solutions to our problems, not partisan posturing. The elections don't SEND A MESSAGE that we want Republican solutions or Democratic solutions. We want well-meaning people to work together to reach consensus on huge issues. Throw the incumbents out and demand that our elected representatives work to resolve problems.

    Impractical as it may be, we need to get the money out of the election process so that common people can participate without having to toe the party line in order to be heard.

    February 25, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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