— Retiring Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
has an op-ed on health care in the Washington Post. "Instead of returning power to patients and rewarding positive outcomes, many Democrats in Washington want a government-run plan that would require states to comply with dozens of new mandates and regulations… In typical fashion, the self-proclaimed experts piecing together this Democratic health-care legislation are focusing on only one leg -- access -- of a three-legged stool that also includes cost and quality. Expanding access to health care is a worthwhile goal. But equal or greater focus should be placed on containing costs for the vast majority of Americans who already have insurance. Those costs will not be contained by a massive expansion of federal programs." And don't miss this... a shot at Romney? "Massachusetts's experience should caution Congress against focusing primarily on access."