Gov. Pawlenty Restricts Health Care From MN

Using an executive order, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty restricted all state agencies in Minnesota from accepting any discretionary participating in the health care law.

From The Hill:

As a result, none of Minnesota’s executive branch departments and agencies can submit applications for grants or demonstration projects unless required by the new law or approved by the governor’s office. The order also reaffirms that the state will not participate in an early expansion of the Medicaid program before 2014.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has calculated that about 250,000 Minnesotans would join the Medicaid rolls under the expansion. Pawlenty has said it would cost the state $430 million in the first three years.

“Obamacare is an intrusion by the federal government into personal healthcare matters and it’s an explosion of federal spending that does nothing to make healthcare more affordable,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “To the fullest extent possible, we need to keep Obamacare out of Minnesota. This executive order will stop Minnesota’s participation in projects that are laying the groundwork for a federally-controlled healthcare system.”

Whether or not the executive order will stand up in court, Minnesota is among a majority of other states combating the White House’s encroachment on state’s rights.

Click here to read the executive order.