MN GOP Party Takes Stand Against Republican-Sponsored Health Care Law

(St. Paul, Minnesota) - Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) has just confirmed that the new 2004 state Republican platform includes opposition to "best practices" health care legislation - legislation that Minnesota Republicans sponsored and made law in May 2004.

"When it comes to health care, most Republican lawmakers are out of step with the Republican party. They're out of step with conservative grassroot Republicans," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

GOP Party Takes a Stand
On June 12, delegates to the state Republican Party convention added the following language to Section 4 of the 2004 Permanent Platform of the Republican Party of Minnesota (Strengthening Families and Communities):

"Minimizing governmental interference with the practice of medicine, including not allowing any government 'best practices' legislation."

The Legislation
"Best practices" was authored by Rep. Fran Bradley (R-Rochester), chair of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. The bill containing "best practices" had 28 Republican co-sponsors. On May 29, 2004 Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty signed "best practices" into law, despite receiving from CCHC a 12-inch high stack of citizen petitions signed by citizens and physicians all across the state who opposed the "best practices" legislation. (PHOTO of petition delivery: /)

The "Best Practices" Law:

  • requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to work with an organization (the HMO-funded Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement) to define "best practices" in medicine, beginning with asthma and diabetes.
  • requires a government-issued list of "best practices" to be distributed across the state.
  • requires public reporting of physician adherence to government-defined "best practices."
  • allows State agencies to withhold partial payment for care provided to state employees and public assistance recipients according to physician adherence to government-defined "best practices".

    Bad News
    "When government starts dictating medical practice, it's bad news for all citizens, including patients," said Brase. "'Best practices' is a managed care strategy. Putting 'best practices" in law is government-backed managed care."

    "Clearly, Republicans who voted in support of making "best practices" the law of the land did not have citizens, patients or health freedom in mind," she added.

Media Contact:

Twila Brase, President
Phone: 651-646-8935 (office)
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