WAKE-UP CALL: Technocrats are Taking Over the Practice of Medicine.

Extensively documented, the report: "How Technocrats are Taking Over the Practice of Medicine: A Wake-up Call to the American People," shines a bright light of openness on the terms "evidence-based medicine" and "best practices," including the purposes of proponents and the concerns of critics.

Governor Pawlenty Announces Big Government, Big Business "Cookie-Cutter Medicine" Plan

The Governor's plan to join forces with employer groups to purchase health care is bad news for the citizens and patients of Minnesota, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC). According to the Governor, the new purchasing alliance represents more than three-fifths (more than 60%) of all citizens, with more groups expected to join.

CBO: No Cost Savings in Disease Management

"What is particularly important about this report is that it comes at a time when Congress and legislatures across the country are beginning to pour millions of dollars into disease management," says Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council on Health Care.

HealthPartners No-Pay Policy Bodes Ill for Patients

HealthPartner's plan to withhold payment for medical procedures in which a medical error occurs will be detrimental to their patients, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

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

"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.

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

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.

Citizen Demand Forces Truth from Health Commissioner at Public Meeting of the Governor's Health Cabinet

The incident began when a member of the public asked the group of six Cabinet members about the "best practices" health care initiative they had spent the better part of an hour touting. The woman asked: "Do I have a right to keep my data out of state government?"

CCHC Photo Gets Quick Response from Governor's Office

On Friday, May 28, approximately 45 minutes after the Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC) placed online a photo of the May 13 delivery of citizen petitions to the Governor's office -- and notified the Office of the Governor about the photo -- a representative of the Governor's office called CCHC's president, Twila Brase.

Disturbing Discovery in the Governor's Office

"Just to verify, I asked Heidi if the Governor had seen the stack of citizen petitions we brought in 2 weeks ago. With a look of uncertainty, she said she didn't know. So I asked her, 'Where are the petitions?' Amazingly, she didn't know that either. But she said they didn't come to her and suggested they may have been sent to Constituent Services," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

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