Minnesota House Says Yes to Government Medical Decision-Making and Tracking Bureaucracy

Saint Paul, Minnesota -- Patients are in serious trouble as a result of today's vote in the Minnesota House, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC), who helped draft an amendment to House File 1862 to put patients and doctors in control of medical decisions.

"Lawmakers are turning over the practice of medicine to government," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

"Off-site outsiders with their own agendas and bias will be in charge of treatment decisions and empowered to penalize any non-compliant health care provider," she explained.

Today's vote was against the amendment, authored by Rep. Mark Olson (R-Big Lake) and supported by GOP and DFL members, to sunset last year's controversial health care "performance reporting" law in four years. The law, the subject of a statewide citizen petition campaign, requires state government to:

  • decide what medical treatments are "evidence-based."
  • collect private patient medical data without patient consent to monitor health care provider compliance with these government-issued treatments.
  • create public report cards on provider compliance.

Despite the impassioned pleas of Rep. Karen Klinzing (R-Woodbury), who told how her infant son was denied medical treatment based on the so-called "evidence-based" decisions of "some task force, some board" far removed from the doctor's office, the House voted 100 - 30 to support the 2005 medical decision-making and tracking bureaucracy.

"The House said 'yes' to Big Government and 'yes' to health care rationing," said Brase.

"The House thinks controlling the physician is the answer to health care costs. They couldn't be more wrong," argued Brase. "The only question is, how many patients will be forced to suffer delay, denial, disability, or death before they figure it out."

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