While other Republican leaders are using judges or referendum voters as foils against healthcare reform, Minnesota's Gov. Tim Pawlenty is acting directly by using his gubernatorial powers to prevent his state from taking part in what he's officially calling “Obamacare.”
In a move that critics called blatantly political, Pawlenty last week ordered all state agencies under his power not to participate in any voluntary pilot programs or demonstration projects in the reform law, including applying for grants. The two-term governor has already announced his state will not accept additional federal funds that are included in the law's early expansion of Medicaid.
A joint statement published by the Minnesota Hospital Association, Minnesota Medical Association and Minnesota Council of Health Plans condemned the actions and said they contradicted with legislation Pawlenty signed earlier this year.
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