Greta Van Susteren interviewing Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so you tell Congress, you know, Dump this one. What's your suggestion? What would you like to see happen, Governor?
PAWLENTY: Greta, there's a number of common sense things that we could do on a bipartisan basis to move this country forward on much-needed health care reform. They include these things. First of all, let's get rid of junk lawsuits and make sure we have medical malpractice reform. That will save some money.
Number two, let's ban or prohibit people from ruling out people from being insured because of preexisting conditions. Let's make sure we have insurance that's portable, that you can take it from job to job or circumstance to circumstance. Let's incentivize e-prescribing and e- medical records to create efficiency. Let's create pay-for-performance, rather than pay for volumes of procedure. If you pay for volumes of procedure, you're going to get more procedures.
Let's fix our tax code so that if you buy insurance individually, you're not at a disadvantage compared to people who buy it through their employment circumstance. Let's allow people to buy insurance across state lines or form risk pools across state lines, and much more.
But everybody should at least be able to agree on those things, and they would save a lot of money. That would be real reform.
Libery Spuds says, "When leftists say the right does not offer any plans or solutions ... well, you've now been informed."