August 31st, 2010
03:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty takes action against new health care law

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Tim Pawlenty issued an executive order Tuesday on the health care bill passed by Congress."]
(CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is taking aim at the new health care law.

The possible contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination issued an executive order Tuesday that directs Minnesota state agencies and departments not seek federal grants under the health care measure, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama this spring.

Pawlenty told reporters earlier Tuesday that the new law, which was a top priority for the White House and congressional Democrats, is a "misguided piece of legislation," and added that "anything that I can do to slow down, limit or negate Obamacare, I'm going to try to do it within reason."

Pawlenty told reporters he won't scrap applications that have already been submitted.

Surveys indicate that the health care law is extremely unpopular with Republicans. According to the most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 83 percent of Republicans oppose the measure.

The Democratic National Committee Tuesday reacted to Pawlenty's move.

"After rejecting $7.8 billion dollars for his cash-strapped state where taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet and denying health care to a quarter million of his fellow Minnesotans, Tim Pawlenty's executive order to state employees might as well have read 'You will henceforth work for my Presidential ambitions instead of the people of Minnesota,'" said DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan, in a statement.

Pawlenty finishes up his second term as governor at the beginning of next year. His announcement last year that he would not run for a third term as governor was the first serious indication that Pawlenty was considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Future expat

    Poor T-Paw, of the handful of people who know who he is, only a couple care what he thinks.

    August 31, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Aniko

    I just came back from a "site visit" dealing with trully desperate situation, where hard working people are in desperate state due to the games played by politicians, mostly republicans, but democrats are no angels as well.
    Truly shameful.
    I have an idea that all those crooks who helped ruin the country, instead of prison go and help those people whom they have betrayed.

    August 31, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Another thing Eric, all the so called 'strict Constitutionalists' never manage to simply say: 'The # Artcile/Ammendment says that, therefore that's how things are supposed to be'; when it comes to a highly controversial issue (like a strict or weak interpretation the Ammendments, any of them). They have to interpretate the Article/Ammendment just like every judge of any kind of court you can think of has to do with those 3/5% of cases when things are not crystal clear.

    August 31, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    While Pawlenty & other Republicans want to deny Americans access to health care that passed, these Republicans fail to understand that the CBO just reported our health care will actually reduce deficits by $30 billion.

    A GOP repeal will increase deficits by $455 billion, which would be fiscally irresponsible.

    August 31, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Why don't you just STFU! You have done absolutely nothing in MN except "campaign" for the, not in your lifetime, for 2012.
    This man is out and bachman should be led with a leash by him out of the state.

    August 31, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. matt

    Obama's healthcare plan is unfunded, he really thinks he can take money from me, I have a tough enough time taking care of my own family, why do I have to take care of other people's families who choose not to take care of themselves? and by the way it is not insurance companies who are raising prices just because they want to, IT IS THE COST OF CARE! HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS ARE RAISING WHAT THEY CHARGE FOR CARE! INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE SIMPLY THE MIDDLE MAN! USE YOUR BRAINS! THINK ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED? OBAMA DID NOTHING TO BRING DOWN THE COST OF CARE! WHY DO YOU THINK HE RAILS ON INSURANCE COMPANIES? USE YOUR BRAINS! THINK! WE'VE BEEN HAD!

    August 31, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Joey

    Boy isn't he smart. We are so in need of someone with a brain in government and it's not him.

    August 31, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Mgenette

    I was wondering where all the hate and nastiness came from in the comments and then I realized I stumbled into a CNN site by mistake. Wow guys, you have some venomous pens (keyboards). I sure hope when the healthcare bill really kicks in in 2014 that you all remember what you said today.

    August 31, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. ddt

    This idiot will never ever be a president of this country. He has to wait at the end of the entire world to claim the presidency of this country

    August 31, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Another Republican on the public dole trying to take away what few crumbs we little people actually get.

    August 31, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Jim

    We The People didn't forget about this horrible bill, and we'll remember in November. The way it was passed with backroom deals and politicians admittedly not reading the bill will not be forgotten. So much for the transparency and accountability we were promised.

    August 31, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ matt who wrote:
    Obama's healthcare plan is unfunded, he really thinks he can take money from me, I have a tough enough time taking care of my own family, why do I have to take care of other people's families who choose not to take care of themselves?

    Please do yourself a favor before you pop an artery, and do some independent research. We ALL pay for the uninsured now! YOU pay, and I pay! 54% of Americans VOTED FOR OBAMA because we WANTED Healthcare! TOO many Americans die every single year, because they CANNOT AFFORD HEALTHCARE! THEY ARE HARD WORKING PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY THE PREMIUMS!

    IF you lose your job and a family member gets sick YOU can LOSE everything you have worked hard for! Do you know that?

    The #1 reason for bankruptcy in the U.S. ........ is due to Healthcare COSTS!

    August 31, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. all of America

    To the people that are saying we voted for these moron dems that passed this obamacare bill, are totally wrong . Not everybody voted for these corrupt democrats!The dems would not accept any of the ideas that the republicans offered. And if you remember ,pelosi and reid, had to buy just enough votes to get this bogus bill to pass. And thats the only way it was passed, truth hurt's don't it.? Don't try to put everybody on their sinking ship.

    August 31, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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