Pro And Con: Varying Perspectives On The Overhaul
While Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, detailed what he sees as flaws in the health overhaul, Obama administration advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle defended the measure.
NPR: Pawlenty Touts Minnesota's Lessons on Health Care
As he considers a run for the Republican presidential nomination, [Former Minn. Gov. Tim] Pawlenty uses examples from his home state to highlight what he sees as flaws in the Democrats' health care plan. ... As governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty backed a program that puts an emphasis on paying for efficient health care instead of rewarding health facilities that charge for what he calls 'endless volumes of procedures.' The state plan works off the premise that health care providers should charge differently - that they should be paid one price for a basket of services (Inskeep 1/11).
San Francisco Chronicle: Obama Adviser Defends Health Plan At Biotech Event
President Obama's health care adviser told 8,000 attendees on the first day of a biotech conference in San Francisco that repealing the reform bill that Democrats rammed past Republicans last year would kill jobs and leave more Americans uninsured (Abate, 1/11).