Gov. Pawlenty sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying he'll opt out of a portion of the the health care reform bill. Pawlenty told reporters that Minnesota already has a high risk pool and the federal government isn't paying the state for the federal portion.
"Minnesota has an insurance pool for high risk individuals who can reasonably access insurance in the private market. It's working well and we think it would work better than having the federal government take it over. And the money they would provide would pay for what they want to do so we're declining."
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