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Minnesota governor’s healthcare proposal has a ring familiar to McCain’s

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 1, 2008
Soon after presidential contender John McCain proposed driving down healthcare costs through tax credits to help those without insurance buy policies, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty floated a similar idea. At a meeting with legislators seeking to overhaul Minnesota's healthcare system, Pawlenty suggested their bill should include health savings accounts and tax credits for buying private health insurance. The credits would go to individuals and small employers as alternatives to expanding current public programs. Pawlenty is believed to be high on McCain's list of possible running mates.