Governor Pawlenty decides to screw Minnesota and work full time on wooing the Tea Party, while remaining governor:
Frustrated by what they see as stonewalling by Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office over preparations for federal health reform, three of Minnesota’s most influential medical groups took matters into their own hands Thursday.
After Pawlenty declined to send Washington a letter with several state agencies’ recommendations for a key piece of the reform package, the medical groups got hold of a copy and sent it themselves.
They had to file a public records request to get the letter.
At the least, it’s a sign of growing frustration within Minnesota’s medical community with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. At most, it’s an open declaration of war. A trio of groups representing doctors, hospitals and health insurers on Thursday took the highly unusual step of circumventing Pawlenty to send a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about how best to set up a state health insurance exchange under the federal health care overhaul.
What was so unusual about that? The letter was drafted by Pawlenty’s administration, but was never sent for reasons that aren’t clear but are the subject of speculation. Instead, the groups obtained it through a public data request.
He deliberately missed the deadline. Then neglected to tell them.
This summer, Pawlenty signed an executive order making Minnesota one of two states — Alaska was the other — to refuse money to study the cost of setting up the exchange. He has also forsworn other grants under the law, saying he was working to “keep Obamacare out of Minnesota.” The moves were widely seen as tinged with Pawlenty’s aspirations.
Palin actually quit her state job before becoming a full-time grifter.
Pawlenty has a better scam.
Remain governor, pick up the paycheck, retain the title, but simply refuse to do the job.