This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.

ppaca:news_mn [2010/04/07 11:53]
ppaca:news_mn [2010/04/11 11:44] (current)
Line 1: Line 1:
-====== Minnestoa ======+====== Minnesota ====== 
 +<abstract Archive of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, "Obamacare") news related to the State of Minnesota.> 
 +<keywords Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA, Obamacare, Minnesota>
 This article is part of the [[news_00]] series related to the [[zzqpmain]]. This article is part of the [[news_00]] series related to the [[zzqpmain]].
Line 40: Line 42:
 </blockquote> </blockquote>
 +When outgoing Minnesota governor and aspiring 2012 Republican presidential nominee Tim Pawlenty [[http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/06/pawlenty-health-care/|announced]] yesterday that he plans to sue the federal government over the new national health-care law, almost nobody in Washington raised an eyebrow. After all, Pawlenty had earlier asked Minnesota's Democratic attorney general, Lori Swanson, to sign onto the suit filed by 13 other AGs declaring Obamacare's individual mandate unconstitutional, so it was no surprise that the governor decided to take matters into his own hands when Swanson refused. As Pawlenty put it yesterday, "The federal government is now requiring citizens under penalty of afine to buy a good or a service, and we think that's an unprecedentedoverreach . . . into the lives of individualcitizens." How could a true patriot stand idly by as Big Brother destroys the American Dream? 
 +The only problem? Back on Sept. 13, Pawlenty [[http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/Politics/transcript-sebelius-pawlenty/story?id=8556153|explicitly ruled out taking legal action against Obamacare]]. Asked by George Stephanopoulos whether he would consider invoking the 10th Amendment—the one that reserves powers to the states—in order to prevent the law from taking effect in Minnesota, Pawlenty hemmed and hawed, invoking "common sense" to argue that "we need to have a clear understanding of what the federal government does well and what should be reserved to the states."
 +Romano, Andrew. "Pawlenty Flip-Flops on Health Care". //Newsweek// (blog - "The Gaggle"). April 7, 2010. Available [[http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/04/07/pawlenty-flip-flops-on-health-care.aspx|online]] as of 2010-04-07. Hyperlinks in original.