October 13th, 2009
03:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty rolls out new health care proposals

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/07/art.pawlenty.1007.gi.jpg caption="Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is building up his national profile."](CNN) - As Democrats in Washington work to push health care reform through the Senate, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty rolled out a series of new health care initiatives on Tuesday that he plans to introduce during next year's legislative session.

The Republican, who is contemplating a White House bid in 2012, made clear that the proposals are intended to be a "market driven" contrast to President Obama's health care plan currently being debated in Washington. Along with the official policy rollout in St. Paul, Pawlenty also published an online column trashing the Democratic health care bill that ultimately emerged from the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday as "a tax and spending bill masquerading as a health reform bill."

His new three-pronged plan to reform the state-run health care system is anchored by a proposal to let Minnesotans purchase health insurance plans across state lines. If enacted, Minnesota would become the first state to allow residents to buy health care from out of state. That plan, he said, would foster more private sector competition to help reduce costs.

The second proposal would establish a "tiered provider system" for the state-run programs MinnesotaCare and Minnesota Advantage that would make consumers pay more for clinics that are more costly and less efficient. The third part of the plan would require adults making at least 133 percent of the federal poverty level pay for some of the health care expenses under MinnesotaCare.

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  1. Peter s

    Market driven? or Insurance greedy driven while giving you political donations!

    October 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Too LITTLE too LATE Pawlenty!!!

    Obama- Biden 2012

    October 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. ICARE

    Ah, what a great plan!! Sounds like YOU will be paying for everything.....

    Look, we need an option that will lower costs and not have us pay for everything. I dont trust these ELEPHANTS that has left us 5 trillion dollars of debt and put our economy where it is today, in the toilet.

    October 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Joshua College Station Texas

    There you go Republicans, there's a plan! And as governor, Pawlenty is in a position to actually implement his ideas. I wish him luck. If his ideas succeed, maybe the Democrats can learn something. But if not, then I guess we'll all finally know the Republicans aren't worth the hot air coming out their mouths.

    October 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. WI Cheesehead

    Don’t waste people’s time. It’s as simple as this for the thick skulls. As long as healthcare is a commodity that can be traded on Wall Street in form of “for profit Insurance companies”, there will be not affordable health care in the USA.

    October 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. William

    Good for you Mr. Pawlenty, but you are now President of the United States yet. Wait until you get that job and you will see how difficult it is to get concensus on anything. Minnesota is less than 2% of the US population at just over 5 million people, so who cares what you guys do. It won't make much difference in the overall scheme of things.

    October 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. SLM

    Democrats aren't going to like it, making everyone pay something towards their healthcare. How terrible to suggest someone take responsibility for their OWN well being. Good suggestion, the 53% of us who pay income tax cannot continue to support the 47% that pay NO income tax. Life is a matter of priorities and health care should be enough of a concern that EVERY citizen pays.

    October 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Jake

    um...too little....too late.

    the Democrats do not need your input! they will take care of health care on their own!

    October 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    Pawlenty ... isn't he the governor who cut back spending on the infrastructure – and the huge bridge collapsed? Isn't he the governor of the state that couldn't get a Senator seated until July?

    He's trashing the current plan – this from the party of "borrow and spend" who funded the currents war on the installment plan? Just whining about "tax and spend" is so .... 70's ...

    October 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Randolph Carter

    Yeah great idea. So now health insurance companies would be able to flee to the states with the weakest regulations. Smooth move, ex-lax. Have a nice day!

    October 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Tanya Kujath

    This man is absolutely pitiful!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Jim in San Mateo, California

    That makes perfect sense. A single person who is making $14,404 (1.33 * 10,830) or more should have to pay for his health care and a family of four making an astounding $29,327 (1.33 * 22,050) should cough it up.

    Just like a republican, tax the poor because the wealthy already have enough money to pay for their health care.

    It's just one more step in America's steady march to a land of the haves and the have nots.

    October 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Finally, a reform proposal that doesn't saddle existing insured individuals with unnecessary cost.

    I'm sure the left-fringers will begin screaming, but hopefully they will one day wake up and realize that they are "the market" that Obama sees as so evil.

    October 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Idiot. Start doing the math Minnesotans: is it cheaper to move now or stay and pay for your health care after this bewb's politically-motivated stunt?

    October 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Video Guy

    All my Grand Children live in Minnesota. They are all covered very nicely, so Timmy leave it along.

    October 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Too Little, Too Late.

    Just like all republicans – 6 decades and they finally come up with a flimsy plan – won't reduce ins. rates, just spread them around.

    October 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Otto

    Oh shut up you! For the past six months, this health care conversation has been going back and forth.

    Every Republican except Senator Snowe found ways to lie, cheat and pander to the healthcare companies. Now you have plans that are different; tell me then, will be ib because your state people will buy insurance cheaper after the reform is passed?

    I can't for the life of me understand why people vote for people like you. They are so ignorant or blind for not knowing you and your republicans friends are fully covered; while they ride around in their pickup truck sick, broke and can't aford toothpaste. Beats me...really!

    October 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Goferit Guv! Let the Minnesota experiment begin!

    October 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. jaye

    Idiot republicans....

    October 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Mississippi Miss

    Great Job Senator Pawlenty to put the spotlight on some truly positive alternatives to the bad legislation that is being offered up for our consumption. I have been nauseous just smelling the fumes from their latest recipe of pottage crap.

    Keep up the great work. Conservatives out there, keep working on the antidote.

    October 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. jaye

    The Cheney's are a complete joke.....
    Bush and Cheney DID NOT KEEP US SAFE! AND, they started 2 wars that have no end in sight.
    We want the wars to end now....and the Cheney's can go suck and egg.

    October 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Brian B

    Good luck with that Governor. I'm not sure how those purchasing plans are going to be monitored. I also wonder how residents in other states are going to react when their premiums go up because of the demand coming into that sister state for cheap heath care. I also wonder if the insurance companies in the sister state have MN doctors in their network. I think you might want to reevaluate this, Governor.

    October 13, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "The third part of the plan would require adults making at least 133 percent of the federal poverty level pay for some of the health care expenses under MinnesotaCare."

    Federal poverty level for a single individual = $10,830.

    133% of that = $14,404

    I think anyone with a brain in their head can see how utterly ridiculous this lunatic is. Throwing the poor under the bus all for an attempt at political points...

    October 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. James Rust

    I need the public option for my family.

    October 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Tammy

    I like Pawlenty's approach more than the Democrats. They have no option to let people purchase insurance across state lines. This would reduce the cost as competition would increase.

    October 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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