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Published September 02, 2010, 12:03 PM

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce urges Pawlenty to seek health grant

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is urging Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty to soften his stance on the federal health care overhaul.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is urging Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty to soften his stance on the federal health care overhaul.

The Republican-friendly organization on Thursday added its voice to a chorus of health care groups and Democrats asking Pawlenty to seek discretionary federal health care dollars.

Pawlenty on Tuesday ordered state agencies to decline "discretionary" involvement in the federal law unless required by law or approved by his office.

Chamber President David Olson sent Pawlenty a letter encouraging him to apply for a $1 million planning grant to research and analyze a potential health insurance exchange where consumers could buy medical coverage. Nursing and doctor associations have also pleaded with Pawlenty to seek the money.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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