Pawlenty Touts Medicare Proposal During Iowa Trip

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty told people during a Monday stop in Iowa that the key difference between his Medicare proposal and the proposal introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wiscosnin, is that his plan will change the way providers are paid.

The former Minnesota governor spoke to a group of about 60 people during a campaign stop at Point of Grace Church in Waukee. He said his plan would include “performance pay.”

“We will begin to move providers from getting paid not just for the volume of procedures they crank out, but whether people are actually getting healthier and getting better,” Pawlenty told The Des Moines Register.

He also told ABC’s “This Morning” that he would support Ryan’s proposal to privatize Medicare if his only choices were Ryan’s plan or doing nothing.

Pawlenty, who launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week in Des Moines, had stops planned later in the day in Boone and Fort Dodge. He is scheduled to visit Sioux City on Tuesday and Council Bluffs on Wednesday.

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, considered to be another possible GOP presidential hopeful, joined Pawlenty at the Waukee event, laying out a detailed plan to create jobs by overhauling the nation’s trade, energy and tax policies. He said America is addicted to Middle Eastern oil, corporations that don’t back taxes and special interests that have cost the nation jobs.

“We’ve stood by and let our best jobs go to China and Mexico,” he said. “We are a nation of free trade, not fair trade.”

Roemer, who hasn’t officially announced his intentions, said he would increase the age for Social Security by one month each year for 24 years and reduce the national budget by 1 percent of the gross domestic product over five years.

He also promised that if he runs and wins, he would hold his inaugural celebration in Iowa, not Washington D.C.

“I’ll go back to the heartland, where I started. We’ll dance, eat and drink American products,” he said.

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  • Max

    There is really nothing left to say about Pawlenty. Everyone has already daid it at least once.

    • betty


  • Kevin

    When it comes to how people feel about Pawlenty, there are two kinds of people.

    1. Those who know that something has to be done to reign in government; and
    2. Everyone else who want to continue sucking at the public trough.

    • Max

      Ok. Pawlenty was in charge of the administration of the budget for 8 years. Did he ever other than having the Lt. Governor be transportation secretary come up with a plan to streamline government. No. So Pawlenty is number two on your list. Find me one republican in this state in the last 10 years do more with less. There are none. They get into office a as you call it suck at the public trough. They feed their friends and stick you with the tab and you don’t even see it.

  • Tom

    Lets see first T-Paw endorses the Ryan budget plan! Now he is saying that he has key differnce in his Medicare proposal from Ryans. Good Grief!

    • Claire

      You are talking about 2 separate issues here. Budget vs Medicare. Just because both are Republicans doesnt mean they have to have agree with each other or follow the same road map back to prosperity.

  • Anybody but Pawlenty

    I hope that neither Pawlenty, nor Michelle Bachman are in the limelight a year from now. These two bozo’s would be the worst thing to happen to this country. Both them are feeding at the public trough.

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