Pawlenty Backs Off, But GOP Wants Constitutional Showdown

11/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Minnesota Star Tribune

Even as three Republican state legislators are pushing for a potential constitutional showdown to sidestep a federal health care overhaul, Gov. Tim Pawlenty is backing off from such a move.

Reps. Tom Emmer of Delano, Mark Buesgens of Jordan and Peggy Scott of Andover held a news conference at the State Capitol Monday to announce a proposed state constitutional amendment that would guarantee Minnesotans the right to choose private health care plans. There is no law in place that forces Minnesotans to go on publicly assisted health care.

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