Will Public Health “Tyranny” Rise in 2009?
Next year promises to challenge the health freedoms of all Americans.

As we move together toward January 1 and the challenges ahead, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of Citizens’ Council on Health Care.

Together we have faced legislative giants and toppled them (eg. Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange…Baby DNA Warehousing). Your signature has graced petitions and emails and letters. Your calls have rung in the ears of the Governor, the President, Congress and/or the Minnesota legislature. It’s been a blessing to be a part of it all.

CCHC’s string of successes across the years tells the tale of your faithful and active support of CCHC’s efforts.

I’d like to say we won, once and for all. But I can’t. In 2009, we expect state and federal public health agencies to reach for more intrusive controls on patient care and individual lives. Here are a few pending examples:

  • Health care rationing will be pushed under the guise of “value,” “quality,” “equity,” and “evidence-based medicine” – as defined by corporate and government officials working together. (My paper published by ALEC refuting EMB)
  • As a sign of things to come, the New York Commissioner of Health is supporting an 18% “fat tax” on soda pop.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to try again to eliminate our consent rights for government warehousing of newborn blood and baby DNA. If you haven’t already, please sign the CCHC petition asking Governor Pawlenty to dismantle the Baby DNA warehouse.
  • Senator Ted Kennedy plans to establish Hillary’s national health data system to put all the private details in your medical records online and electronically accessible to public health officials. (“Wired for Health Care Quality Act”)
  • Mr. Kennedy will also attempt to create a new national entity appointed to use your private data to grade your doctors “performance,” likely in concert with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Minnesota Department of Health appears ready to support Minnesota hospitals and others as they push for corporate ownership of the tissue, blood and DNA you leave behind in clinics, and laboratories and hospitals.
These plans, however, are just that. Plans.

Although they have some heavy duty backers, these plans are no reason to give up. As a wiser person than me has said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” It thrills me to know that you are one of the good people that acts. It remains a grand and noble challenge to protect the freedoms we were blessed to receive by birth.

Eternal vigilance is key. In 2009, CCHC will work to educate you on the issues so your vigilance is spot-on and timely.

I am reminded every day of how you are the backbone, the breastbone, the legs, the arms and often the ears and eyes of CCHC. We prize your active engagement with our efforts and your active support for the great and exhilarating cause of freedom. With your help we will be ready and able to meet the challenges of 2009. 

I know that these are difficult days financially.

As you consider the possibility of year-end giving, we would be grateful to be on your list. If you’ve been planning to give and haven’t yet…please Donate Now

Faithful friends are precious indeed. Thank you for all you do to support CCHC.

I look forward to working with you in 2009.

Yours in freedom,

Twila

 


Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President, CCHC
651-646-8935 

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