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. Minnesotan

    In other words, make the Have's not have to anti up and the Have-not's pay more. At what point do the rich stop getting richer and the middle class on down stop losing any money they had under GOP rule??? Can anyone (I'm talking to you GOP trolls out there) tell me why this helps us ordinary folks that are struggling to pay for health insurance?

    Under the GOP since Reagan we've seen a slow deterioration of the middle class. Trickle down DOES NOT WORK!!! The rich keep their wealth.... actually that money came from somewhere... so they keep the middle class's wealth.

    Did we learn anything from the Bush era? Anyone out there better off after watching him use "free-market" priciples to run EVERYTHING and ANYTHING? Because its not really a "free-market". Money is power and those with the money run the "free-market" in their favor.

    October 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. janice

    Pawlenty is a FOOL and the people of Minnesota needs to get rid of this GRANDSTANDER.

    October 13, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that Republicans cling to that markets are always correct is flat out wrong. There are times (and this is one) that the market won't correct it self. We need government to correct things and get people what they need because business is too much looking to make a profit off those that are ill.

    October 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. HJA

    "the proposals are intended to be a "market driven"contrast ".

    Hey Pawlenty! The markets already "driving" itself. Thats why record profits and poor coverage is the norm. Go crawl back under your rock. We don't need no steeenking "market driven" approach. This all started with GOP deregulation. Good idea.

    October 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. zak

    this from a guy who has ran down minnesota hospitals by cutting their funding and runing the schools by cutting their funding to fund special intrest group projects only nut cases will listen to this guy.this chap has no brains and is only driven by power of self jubiliation .

    October 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. zago

    For Minnesota? I hope it's will not be illegal. So long as his plan fits the general framework established by congress and the white house. At least he's thinking!

    October 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Brian

    The G.O.P should change their name to Ringling Bros because it's a non-stop circus show.

    October 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Angela

    Too little too late!! I will never take anyone more serious than those who have attempted to legislate health care reform. If you have anything to say later and you have not attempted to work bi-partisen now, you will not only not be heard, but I will vote against you. I do not need anyone in Washington that represents me and refuse to work with others and negotiate. You may not get all that you want, but can at least have something on the table.

    October 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. zago

    The one who lets a major highway collapse on his watch killing hundreds of innocents peoples now has enough good ideas to reveal his own healthcare plan. Grandstanding! But-head!

    October 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Adam from Toronto

    For profit insurance can never be as cheap as non-profit government run insurance, that's why up here in Canada we spend less per capita, and everyone is still covered. Oh but I guess since my doctor is apparently a communist agent of the state we have inferior service. The Milton Friedman free market crap that Reagan happily swallowed and spewed to the masses is finally showing its true colors in the form of bailouts, bankruptcies and unemployment. The fact is trickle down economics doesn't work and is only beneficial to the top 0.5% As they say, the first million is the hardest to make:)

    October 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. katiec

    "It is better to be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubts"
    Pawlenty just proved what a fool he is with his unworkable, unacceptable, favoring big business plan. Does he even know what the poverty line is and how much people are struggling? The 33% above powerty line makes them have money to throw away??
    What an irresponsible, hypocritical politician.

    October 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Shucks

    Way too little, Way to late. Pawlenty: the next republican to pretend he has a chance to become president. I'm sure his health care plan includes tax cuts for the wealthy somewhere, and prayer as an alternative cure to medically treatable diseases.

    October 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. nebraska grandma

    One must laugh. If one buys insurance across state lines, one avoids the state's right to "govern" insurance through its own state insurance agency, thereby turning this right over to federal laws and creating that most-feared government takeover of health care. Hello?

    October 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. white female

    Please give it a rest.

    October 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. the real Mike in MN

    Can Pawlenty please just ride out the remainder of his days being quiet? He has no chance at becoming president, he won't even win his own state

    October 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Deb

    Now that a real dumb bill there. I do like, however, buying insurance out of state to possibly bring down insurance cost.

    October 13, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    I want Pawlenty to be president. Can America trade up and replace Obama with Pawlenty? By 2012 there will be nothing left. We will be equal though. Everyone will be equally poor and without a job. The dollar will be worthless, won't matter how many of them you have.

    October 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. 8 years 4 sure

    Now all of a sudden he's interested?!!
    Somehow I seem to be missing the sincerity; when a week ago he (Pawlenty), said the only positive results from "Cash for Clunkers" was that it got more OBAMA stickers off of the road. So if you don't have a nice car this guy is not for you!!! Well said "Paw"lenty , we heard you loud and clear!

    October 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. dayton

    How does crossing state lines to purchase insurance make it less expensive – I don't see that insurance is cheaper in one state than another. If the large insurance companies are operating in all states, it would see logical to me that insurance rates would be basically equal among all states.

    Secondly, the statement that those making 133% above the poverty level would help pay for some of this play sounds a lot either a tax hike or 'republican socialism'.

    Finally, wouldn't you think that the less wealthy citizens would more likely to be going to a clinic that is less efficient and therefore more costly because of the disparity in healthcare? Once again the poor people in this country would be the ones paying being screwed because their healtcare costs would be increased.

    October 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. george from alaska

    ...just another republican bathroom stall foot tapper draping themselves in false morality while kissing their buddies on the down low

    October 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. DSA

    Sounds like this guy works for the Insurance Companies.

    October 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Jay - MN

    don't foget to talk about that unallotment of GAMC here in minnesota which is going to cut off those making less than $7,800 annually from healthcare, nice job. because what the purpose of healthcare unless it makes a profit right? don't get sick or die quickly I guess.

    October 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. No Way Gov Kill-Joy

    This man is slime. I wouldn't trust a health bill of his if my life depended on it, oh wait– it does.

    My answer to the Gov is H-no. I neither need nor do I want any health bill that's sanctioned by a grimey, grubby-nosed, insurance industry suck-up like Pawlenty.

    PawLEASE.

    October 13, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Rob in NC

    Why do Republicans keep trying to say if you just offer health care across state lines it will be more competitive? Group plans for major American corporations already do that.

    I got news for you. My wife lives and works in NC, her insurance is from BCNS of Alabama, the rates have gone up and the coverage has gone down. It doesn't help the American consumer.

    That being said I give Gov Pawlenty credit for trying to bring something to the table.

    October 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Nathan,

    Same story different Republican. Even the new guys have the same old ideas.

    October 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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