White House denies Pawenty health summit request

The White House has denied a request by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and House Republicans to include governors in Thursday’s bipartisan health care summit, GOP officials confirmed.

House Minority Leader John Boehner wrote on Twitter: “WH has advised Boehner only Members of Congress may participate in #hc summit. No governors. Apparently Washington knows best.”

Pawlenty had requested in a letter to President Obama that governors be allowed to attend because they “have hands-on experience reforming health care in our states.”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 02/25/2010 - 01:21 pm.

    What would Pawlenty and other Dr. No’s bring to the table? Predictably more “un…” this and “un…” that, and no to everything except maybe the status-quo. To add insult to injury, they might also push this hare-brained idea to privatize Medicare. The last good Republican who had sensible ideas was Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin. Alas, now the Republican party is composed of 99.9% dunderheads.

  2. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 02/25/2010 - 07:34 am.

    SCENE IN WHITE HOUSE MAILROOM RECENTLY:

    Mailroom Boy 1…”What should we do with this one? Can’t even read the signature.”

    Mailroom Boy 2 looks over…: “Oh I know who that is. Some guy who claims he’s Minnesota’s governor but no one there could identify the fellow.”

    Mailroom Boy 1…”Must be the same one caught with a carpenter’s tape measuring up the Oval Office last week. So should I just spam this one?”

    Mailroom Boy 2…”Yup, same guy. But whoa…don’t spam it! Send it to MPR. Let them play with it.”

  3. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 02/26/2010 - 11:51 am.

    Don’t forget Dave Durenberger. He has spoken out against the NO crowd. I don’t know if he even considers himself a republican. I’ll bet he did not vote for McCain.
    We used to have good rational and informed republican politicians in the past. The most outstanding one in my opinion is Elmer L. Andersen. A good man, a good leader, a good businessman. Neither he nor Durenberger could get elected today. Durenberger has been studying health care reform for years and he founded the National Institute of Health Policy. He has much more to say than Minnesota’s own NO guy.

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