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Tim Pawlenty's Position on Health Care

2012 Presidential Candidate Positions on Health Care

Tim Pawlenty is the governor of Minnesota and was formerly the majority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He launched his campaign for President in May of 2011, but on September 12, 2011 he withdrew from the race. He is now endorsing Mitt Romney.

As Governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty worked to foster more competition in the insurance marketplace, by allowing Minnesotans to purchase health insurance from other states. He also eliminated a government-funded health care program, known as Minnesota's General Assistance Medical Care.

Individual Issues:

  • In 2004, he started a state website to import prescription drugs from Canada
  • Eliminated Minnesota's General Assistance Medical Care, a state-funded health assistance program for low-income people, forcing enrollees onto Medicaid
  • Supports market-driven health care solutions
  • Supports medical savings accounts and purchasing pools expand coverage
  • Against coverage mandates for individuals, however in 2010 he said that the government should move towards universal coverage for children

Image via Minnesota.publicradio.org

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