Governor Tim Pawlenty Tells Minnesota Agencies to Reject ObamaCare Funds

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 1, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Governor Tim Pawlenty Tells Minnesota Agencies to Reject ObamaCare Funds

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 1
, 2010

St. Paul, MN ( — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential 2012 presidential candidate against pro-abortion President Barack Obama, made a move on health care yesterday that some observers see as a potential move against Obama and an action that could endear him to Republicans looking for nominee.

Pawlenty issued an executive order Tuesday that directs Minnesota state agencies and departments to not accept taxpayer funds from the federal government to set up new government-run health care programs.

The health care plan has been criticized by pro-life groups, who have already had to drum up national attention and opposition to instances where the Obama administration attempted to fund abortions in three states under the program.

According to a CNN report, Pawlenty told reporters the health care bill Obama signed 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."

“Obamacare is one of the most misguided pieces of legislation in the modern history of the country,” he said. “All of us need to do everything we can to stop it, delay it, and limit it in any way that we can.”

During the 20120 presidential campaign, Pawlenty predicted opposition to ObamaCare “will remain a significant issue — really an icon of the misguided, government-centric, top-down approaches offered by the Obama administration.”

“Regardless of its momentum as a political issue, it is just fundamentally a bad idea that needs to be confronted, defeated, and repealed,” Pawlenty says.

Robert Costa of National Review says Pawlenty was "a bit coy" when asked how opposition to health care is playing on the campaign trail.

“I’m not sure if it is or not,” he said about whether voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are buying the message. “But I know it is the right thing to do, so let the chips fall where they may.”

The move will likely appeal to Republican voters as a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 83 percent of GOP voters opposed the pro-abortion health care measure.

Pawlenty’s second term as governor ends the beginning of next year and he can begin a presidential campaign in earnest after that point.


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