Smart Politics will live blog a health care conference this afternoon sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, which features a presentation by Governor Tim Pawlenty. From the CSPG website:

“The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance welcomes Governor Pawlenty and Minnesota business and health care leaders to discuss the potential for health reforms that build on private markets and on the implementation of reforms passed during the 2008 legislative session.�?

Market-Based Reforms in Health Care: The Next Step?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
3:00pm – Conference
Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

3:00pm: Welcome

3:05-4:00pm: Making Markets Work: Improving Access and Controlling Costs
Presenter: Governor Tim Pawlenty
Moderator: Lawrence Jacobs, Director, Center for the Study of Politics & Governance

4:00-5:00pm: Reaction Panel
Tony Miller, CEO, Carol
Linda Berglin, Member, Minnesota Senate
Mary Brainerd, President and CEO, Health Partners
Lois Quam, Managing Director, Alternative Investments, Piper Jaffray Companies
Moderator: Tom Forsythe, VP of Corporate Communications, General Mills