~ Health Care Rally Speakers
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TWILA BRASE, RN, PHN, Public Health Nurse
President, Citizens Council on Health Care
Twila Brase is president of the Citizens Council on Health Care (CCHC),
a free-market, health care policy organization based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
In 2000, the Minnesota Physician magazine selected her as one of
Minnesotas 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders. Her
organizations efforts have led to the 2006 expiration of government-
issued medical treatment directives, the governors 2008 veto of a
Baby DNA Warehouse bill, informed consent requirements for access
to medical data, the 2007 and 2008 defeat of the proposed Minnesota Health
Insurance Exchange, and the 2009 defeat of legislation to repeal genetic
privacy and informed consent rights over government storage and research
on newborn DNA.
SALLY C. PIPES
Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research
Institute, a California-based think tank founded in 1979. An expert in the
Canadian and American health systems, Ms. Pipes writes, speaks, debates and
gives invited testimony on key health care issues facing America.
She is the author of The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care a Citizens
Guide and Miracle Cure: How to Solve Americas Health Care Crisis and
Why Canada Isnt the Answer, in addition to numerous op-eds, TV, and
DAVID A. NOEBEL
David A. Noebel, president of Summit Ministries, has been a college professor,
college president and candidate for the U.S. Congress. He is an author, editor,
public speaker, and ordained minister. He is recognized as an expert on worldview
analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilization.
Noebel also serves as editor of the ministrys publication The Journal,
a monthly review of the news. He travels worldwide lecturing in high schools,
universities, and churches. He is a member of the Council for National Policy,
the National Association of Scholars, the American Philosophical Association,
and the Society of Christian Philosophers.
Noebel was a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin.
He holds a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a M.A. from the
University of Tulsa. David and his wife Alice, live in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
They have two children and five grandchildren.
JANE M. ORIENT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Jane M. Orient obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics
from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine
residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated
Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College
of Medicine. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served
as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
(AAPS) since 1989.
She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National
Healthcare, Suttons Law (a novel about where the money is in medicine
today), and the second and third editions of Sapiras Art and Science
of Bedside Diagnosis. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster
Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing
editor of The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
DR. ALLEN D. UNRUH
Dr. Unruh has been in full time practice since 1970. He spear-headed the
Free Choice Initiative while he was president of the SDCA to
combat discriminatory practice in managed care. Dr. Unruh was on the
Physicians advisory council and appointed Physician of the
Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee. A former candidate
for the U.S. Congress, hes been the State chairman for two candidates
for President of the United States. Dr. Unruh is currently the National Chairman
of the grassroots Stop Government Controlled Health Care Campaign
Dr. Unruh has been a featured speaker at the National Reclaiming America
conference in St. Petersburg Fla. He is the author of Why Government
Health Care Doesnt Work, If the Government Doesnt
Get off Our Backs, The Whole Country Will Need a Chiropractor and
Laughter Is the Best Medicine. He and his wife, Leslee, have
formed a national Speak Up to address the cultural issues and
speaking on Basic Americanism.
||DR. R. BLAKE CURD
R. Blake Curd, M.D. is a Hand, Microvascular, and Orthopedic Surgeon in private
practice at the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Dr. Curd
is a tireless spokesman and advocate for a patients right to make the
health care decisions they deem in their own best interest. He also has been
intimately involved in the ongoing political debate about who should assist
patients in these decisions-a physician/health care provider or the insurance
industry and government.
Dr. Curd is Chairman of the Board and President of Surgical Management
Professionals (SMP.) SMP is a physician owned company that assists physicians
in the design, build, management, and equity investment of physician owned
ambulatory surgical centers and physician owned hospitals. Dr. Curd is currently
the Treasurer of Physician Hospitals of America, the trade organization
representing the physician owned hospital industry. PHA is a staunch advocate
for the rights of physicians to control all aspects of health care delivery
and is an ever-present advocate in Washington, DC.
Dr. Curd is a frequent guest lecturer and speaks locally, regionally, and
nationally on his profession of Hand and Microvascular Surgery. He has lectured
and performed surgery on five continents. His expertise is also called on
regularly to engage in the debate on healthcare reform, physician ownership
in healthcare, and physician rights. Dr. Curd makes multiple trips to Washington
DC each year to assist in advocating to Congress and the Administration in
In 2003, Richard baker founded Timely Medical Alternatives, an organization
which he likens to a Freedom Train, sending thousands of Canadians to the
U.S. for life saving surgical procedures. The very existence of this organization
speaks volumes about the failure of socialized medicine.
Richard has become one of the leading spokespeople for free-market reform
of Canadas dysfunctional, single payer healthcare system. As such,
he is often called upon for media interviews and speaking engagements throughout
North America. He has been interviewed by ABC TVs 20/20 program, Dan
Rather Reports, Jerry Agar on WABC radio, The Mike Gallagher Show, NPR Radio,
and U.S. News & World Report.