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Pawlenty orders state to stay out of federal health plan

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty, saying the federal government is trying to take over states' rights, has ordered Minnesota officials to not apply for federal health care funds under a 2010 law, a decision Democrats claim will cost the state billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

The Republican governor on Tuesday issued an executive order forbidding members of his administration from applying for federal funds under the health care reform law President Barack Obama signed in March.

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