CHC has advice for Governor on how to proceed with "best practices" bill

(St. Paul, Minnesota) - On Saturday, May 16, the controversial "best practices" proposal was added as a late-night, last-minute amendment to the small DHS Licensing bill - HF 2277. Like most of the other 49 amendments added before it to the bill, the "best practices" amendment had nothing to do with DHS licensing. The now 248-page bill was passed by the House and the Senate and awaits the Governor's decision.

"Governor Pawlenty is between a rock and a hard place. Rep. Bradley and Senator Berglin negotiated behind closed doors to get 'best practices' added at the last minute. The Governor must now either veto the entire bill or sign it," said Twila Brase, president of the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

"Even if Governor Pawlenty wants to respond to the outpouring of public opposition, he may find it difficult to do," she added.

Only 3 days before the bill passed, CCHC delivered evidence of the public's opposition to the office of Governor Pawlenty, and Minnesota's legislative leadership, in the form of bound petitions stacked more than one foot high.

"The House green-lighted the proposal. The Senate ignored our cautions. So now only the Governor can stop this government-directed health care proposal. However, the limited veto power of the Governor and adjournment of the legislature make it more difficult for Governor Pawlenty to act on the people's concerns," said Brase.

"Government-directed health care is so onerous that we would have no problem with the bill being vetoed, however we understand that the Governor may not be willing to lose other policy items in the bill," said Brase.

"Therefore, we are asking the Governor to meet with us before he makes any decisions about signing the bill. We would like to discuss with him how we believe it would be best for him to proceed given the present situation," said Brase.

CCHC has faxed a formal meeting request to the Governor.