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CCHF Health Freedom eNews

August 20, 2014



 

Let’s Stop Talking About Coverage

Coverage is a bad measure of American health care. The Left wins every time the Right discusses how many Americans are "covered."

 

Let's talk about care. The Left wants universal coverage. But we want care for those in need. Coverage doesn't guarantee care. In fact, the high-prices, regulations, and corporate controls of today's "coverage" limit access to care.

 

The "covered" can expect rationing - even in private HealthPlans, where "medical necessity" definitions, dictated treatment protocols and drug formularies specifically limit access to care.  On June 12, 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Pegram vs. Herdrich, that Congress established managed care for rationing: "[W]hatever the HMO, there must be rationing and inducement to ration."

 

HealthPlans are managed care. Obamacare imposes managed care on everyone. And once you've paid Obamacare-priced premiums to government-approved HealthPlans that aren't required to "cover" your care, how much cash will you have to pay for care denied?

 

What if you aren't allowed to pay cash? Frank Lobb wrote about trying to pay cash for his wife's care after care was denied, and her death as a result of HealthPlan contracts that prohibit doctors from accepting private payment. His only hope was charity.

 

But what if charity care disappears? The ethical and caring foundation of American medicine is being dismantled. Some hospitals are telling their charity patients to sign up for Obamacare or don't come back, even if patients can't afford the premiums, deductibles and cost-sharing.

 

What if Obamacare blacklists your doctor? If you're "covered," coverage won't help. Obamacare's section 1311(h) allows the Secretary of HHS to shut down any doctor:

 

"Beginning on January 1, 2015, a qualified health plan may contract with ... a health care provider only if such provider implements such mechanisms to improve health care quality as the Secretary may by regulation require." [Emphasis added.]

 

Call Congress now. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), both physicians, have introduced the SCOPE Act (H.R. 6320/S. 2278) to repeal this dangerous provision of Obamacare. So far, there are 17 House and three Senate co-sponsors and no vote has been taken.  Coburn and Gingrey leave office in January. Ask them to get a vote on their bill before they leave.

 

It's time to stop talking about coverage. We must talk about how government health care is destroying patient access to care: individualized care, choice of care, timely care and charity care.

 

Please join us! CCHF will celebrate our 20th anniversary on Thursday, September 11. We'd love to see you in the room! Your ticket provides a small donation to CCHF -- and you'll enjoy an amazing dinner and hear the fabulous STEPHEN HAYES discuss how the 2014 midterm election can impact efforts to repeal Obamacare. Register by next Thursday, August 28 for early-registration prices!

 

If you can't come, please CLICK HERE to DONATE TODAY to CCHF. Your support will help us expand our efforts to repeal Obamacare and restore health freedom in America.

 

Working to protect your access to care,

 

Twila Brase, RN, PHN

President and Co-founder

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTER HERE by THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 for best prices!

 

CCHF EVENT FLYER!

 

On September 11, STEPHEN HAYES will discuss the repeal of Obamacare in the context of the 2014 mid-term elections, recent and pending court action and the charged political atmosphere surrounding a law that continues to remain unpopular with the public nearly five years after its enactment. Please join us for a great evening as we raise funds to support CCHF's work to secure health freedom for all.

 


 




News to Know:

Two-Day EHR Crash; Privacy Alert!

CCHF president Twila Brase tweeted that Practice Fusion's EHR crashed for two days (@twilabrase). But PF tweeted back saying she was inaccurate to call it a crash, claiming a nationwide "brownout" of the Internet. But three days later, Politico also called it a crash. The 112,000 patient records were mostly inaccessible. One clinic sent their staff home. ALERT: Politico says PF offers clinics their EHR for free in exchange for access to patient data, "which it provides to data brokers and others."



"Universal Exchange Plan" Falls Short

Avik Roy, senior fellow at the otherwise-conservative Manhattan Institute, likes Obama's national single-seller infrastructure - the government exchanges. He just wants them reformed. His reform plan repeals all ACA taxes except the "Cadillac tax" and repeals most insurance mandates. But he retains the seductive lynchpin of universal coverage, the mandate the insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions -- the mandate that eliminates the very concept of insurance. Ira Stoll at Reason gives many more reasons Roy's plan is not conservative.



Medicare Enables 15-Year Scam

The Medicare administration has spent $8.2 billion purchasing power wheelchairs for 2.7 million people - but has no idea how much went to scammers. Medicare officials recognized the scam in 1998 but waited 15 years to do anything, reports The Washington Post. "Recruiters" found senior citizens who didn't need the chair but agreed to take it -- and earned an $800 "finders fee" from scammers for each senior. Many chairs sit unused.



Doctor Wants Rationing Legitimized

Dr. John Maa's cancer patient decided not to have further treatment. Maa used this situation to proclaim, "Perhaps the time has arrived for America to honestly and intelligently discuss health care rationing and end of life care to save Medicare?" No, it's time to end Medicare for the not-yet-dependent and to return to real health insurance policies that don't disappear at age 65 leaving patients subject to political winds and a $43 trillion (and growing) unfunded mandate.



Apple's "HealthKit" Tracking Machine

Apple is teaming with electronic health record (EHR) developers for its HealthKit software. It's joining with Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Nike, Epic EHR, Allscripts EHR and IBM. Reuters reports, "dozens of major health systems" will be able to integrate Apple HealthKit data with Epic's EHRs. Imagine automatically sharing your health/lifestyle status by phone with insurers and the 2.2 million entities with HIPAA-approved access to your EHR.



Will Doctors Take the $42 Bait?

The Obama administration will pay doctors just $42/month/patient to coordinate care for Medicare patients with at least two chronic illnesses. Doctors must create and implement a comprehensive plan for each patient, reports The New York Times - and must be available to patients 24/7. Doctors objected to the 24/7 mandate, but Medicare officials refused to budge. That's 720 hrs/month. SUGGESTION: Patients pay their own coordinators and doctors refuse this "more bricks with less straw" plan.



Black Market Now; Blackmail Later?

Chinese hackers stole the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and phone numbers of 4.5 million patients at Community Health Services, one of America's largest hospital chains, last April and June. The company reported it Monday. Politico reports hacker access to health data may have been blocked by encryption. Who believes medical data won't be taken when it becomes politically useful? Obama mandated EHRs for tracking and control without regard to security hazards or patient consent.



More Medals for Obamacare?

The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC), made up of large insurers, large pharmaceutical companies and big business, wants the Democrat's Expanded Consumer Choice Act (S. 1729) passed "immediately." It would add a "copper level" to Obamacare's medal options, giving employers cheaper coverage options for employees. It's likely meant to get more people enrolled in Obamacare and quell continued public resistance, but this "coverage" would only pay 50% of costs after the deductible.



Going...Going....Gone in Connecticut

Although 60,000 Connecticut residents got new coverage since last year, "more than 50,000 of them won't be able to keep their health plans beyond this year," reports The CT Mirror. Their plans are not compliant with Obamacare, nor grandfathered, and will disappear. Governor Dannel Malloy's administration did not agree to Obama's two-year extension for non-compliant plans because the plans cannot accept new entrants, leading to high premiums associated with shrinking risk pools.



Your Premiums in HealthPlan Pockets

According to Bloomberg Government, 98% of new spending in Obamacare -- $1 trillion -- goes directly to health plans. Already, the total compensation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama executives in "the million-dollar club" increased 103 percent from 2011 to 2013. "Top 10 executives [at BCBS AL] earned an additional $1 million each in 2013 and collectively have doubled their pay since 2011." The CEO's salary was $999,959, but his bonuses were over $3.5 million.




Quote of the Week:

"It's very expensive to provide security, and it hasn't been a priority to health care, even though patient data is the crown jewel of privacy." - Larry Ponemon, director of the security-oriented Ponemon Institute, who says each record exposure can cost up to $201 to repair (or up to $904 million for 4.5 patient records at Community Health System), Politico Pro Report, August 18, 2014.




Stat of the Week:

4.5 million - number of Medicare claims being billed every day ("Agents Hunt for Fraud in Trove of Medical Data," WSJ, August 15, 2014)




News Release of the Week:

10-Year Government Plan Will Share Private Patient Data

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Earlier this summer, government health IT coordinators announced the formation of a 10-year electronic health records ( EHR) interoperability plan that will allow even more government agencies access to Americans' private medical data - all in the name of better patient care.

 

But medical professionals are finding that EHR projects that share private patient data with government agencies are not only intrusive - they're dangerous.


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Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Single-Payer Shortcomings

 

Obama wants a single-payer system despite its failures elsewhere. In
England, 3.2 million patients are waiting for treatment after diagnosis
and 15 percent of patient referred for urgent treatment after being
diagnosed with cancer waited more than 62 days - two months -- to
begin treatment.

 

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Twila Brase broadcasts a daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which brings health care issues to light for the American public. Health Freedom Minute airs on the entire American Family Radio Network, with more than 150 stations nationwide in addition to Bott Radio Network with over 80 stations nationwide.

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