Pawlenty to Obama: Let governors come to health care summit

While some Republicans are openly questioning whether or not they’ll attend President Obama’s upcoming bipartisan summit on health care reform, Gov. Tim Pawlenty today requested that governors be extended an invitation.

In a letter to Obama, Pawlenty wrote that governors can assist in the cause of health reform because they “have hands-on experience reforming health care in our states.”

The letter continues what appears to be a national roll-out for Pawlenty, who on Sunday wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining his “five ways to reform health care.” That was preceded on Friday by an extensive interview with Esquire (billed by the magazine as his first major interview since launching his political-action committee) which received additional press given Pawlenty’s refusal to call Obama a socialist.

The summit is scheduled for Feb. 25.

(Tip of the hat to MPR for posting the letter online)

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by m. claire on 02/17/2010 - 01:37 pm.

    Really, Tim? Did you mean to say “cut” instead of “reform?” I do believe so.

  2. Submitted by Joe Williams on 02/17/2010 - 02:05 pm.

    It’s a trap.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/17/2010 - 03:36 pm.

    Pawlenty’s main expertise seems to be in eliminating health care.

  4. Submitted by Amy Wilde on 02/18/2010 - 12:18 pm.

    Is Mr. Pawlenty living in the same state I do? Health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket. And as a county commissioner, I hear regularly about this administration’s resource-consuming human services bureaucracy, confusing array of complex programs, and unfunded mandates. Minnesota’s health care system has NOT been reformed.

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