Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said in a keynote address to health insurers that providers need to offer leadership to reform the U.S. healthcare system.
“We want the medical community to lead the effort,” Pawlenty said at the annual conference of America's Health Insurance Plans, in San Francisco.
Pawlenty offered few specifics on how he would improve the delivery system while lowering costs. He touted his record as former governor of Minnesota, including programs that aimed to boost transparency in hospital pricing and nursing home quality. “If you don't have transparency around price and quality, this isn't going to work,” he said of reforming healthcare.
Pawlenty did not bring up prior comparisons he has made between the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Massachusetts' health reform, which was approved by his rival for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney. Pawlenty had previously derided both laws as “ObamneyCare.”