Minnesota Governor Directs State Agencies to Reject Healthcare Money : New Patriot Journal
September 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
Calling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 a “misguided piece of legislation,” Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty last Tuesday issued Executive Order 10-12 directing state agencies and departments not to seek new federal grants under thehealth care measure.
“Anything that I can do to slow down, limit or negate Obamacare, I’m going to try to do it within reason,” the governor said, adding that grant applications currently under submission won’t be withdrawn.
Linda Hamilton, president of the 20,000-member Minnesota Nurses Association and Director of the United American Nurses, immediately condemned the governor’s action.
“This is truly an unconscionable decision by our governor,” said Hamilton in an interview yesterday. “By doing this the governor will hurt Minnesota’s most vulnerable patients and undermine our efforts to save and create health care jobs in this state.”
The Minnesota Nurses Association, a constituent member of the United American Nurses and an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is active in an ongoing attempt to create a nationwide “unstoppable super union.”
The Democratic National Committee also weighed in on Pawlenty’s move, which they see as positioning for a presidential run in 2012. In a prepared statement, DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said “After rejecting $7.8 billion dollars for his cash-strapped state where taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet and denying health care to a quarter million of his fellow Minnesotans, Tim Pawlenty’s executive order to state employees might as well have read ‘You will henceforth work for my Presidential ambitions instead of the people of Minnesota.’”
Recent surveys indicate that the health care law is tremendously unpopular with the public in general, who oppose it by 48 percent, and Republicans in particular, who oppose the measure by 83 percent.
“Minnesota has helped lead the nation in market-driven, patient-centered and quality-focused health care reform,” a statement from Pawlenty’s office said. “However, our state’s experience shows there are significant issues Congress should keep in mind as they consider health care reform legislation. Rather than taking power away from states, Congress should use the lessons we’ve learned tackling this crisis in our backyards. Minnesota has a vision for a better state of health.”