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CCHF Health Freedom eNews

September 24, 2014

 

There is Reason for Optimism

The report is in. Our "Obamacare: Making Repeal a Reality" event got rave reviews. One attendee said it had a "great vibe." She described it as "fun and relaxed and important."

On September 11th, we not only raised funds for our 2015 efforts, we also celebrated CCHF's 20th anniversary with Fox New All-Star Stephen Hayes as keynote speaker. Sprinkling humor throughout his presentation, he shared important insights.

CCHF's president and co-founder, Twila Brase, thanked Martin Kellogg, who co-founded the organization with her in 1994, and their supporters "who have kept CCH Freedom on its feet, in the black and uncompromisingly and unabashedly in the fight for freedom for 20 years."

She shared highlights of CCHF success since the organization began in 1994, including helping to defeat HIPAA's National Patient ID, discovering, revealing, and fighting the secret state storage, use and sharing of newborn DNA, the 50-state health surveillance report with nearly 5000 views so far, and the Council's defeat of two Obamacare exchanges, the new SAFE HAVEN report which shares a cooperative mutual aid alternative to Big Government entitlements, and the "Obamacare Games" billboards that went viral on Facebook and Twitter.

Brase emphasized, "We focus on policy, not party. We work with anyone who supports freedom and protection of our constitutional rights and against anyone who doesn't."

About Obamacare, she said, "Some people think Obamacare cannot be repealed, but I view Obamacare as Humpty Dumpty and I am looking forward to the day when all the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put Obamacare back together again." To her surprise, midway through the revised rhyme the audience joined in and punctuated the end of it with an outburst of applause.

Stephen Hayes brought good news as well. He told guests that not only can Obamacare be repealed, "it must be repealed." And furthermore, there can be no Republican or other calls to simply "fix" Obamacare. Instead, it must fully be repealed. The audience agreed, erupting in applause.

Although President Obama proclaimed his plans to transform America, Stephen Hayes said the president may be transforming it in ways he never wanted.

Because of the economy, the loss of jobs, the IRS actions against conservatives, the public's unhappiness with Obamacare, and his many unilateral decisions, President Obama may actually be preparing the nation for a conservative comeback. Hayes was far more hopeful than two years ago when he spoke to an audience of more than 1,000 people at a Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce event. When he finished saying what he really felt - Mr. Hayes said he only says what he thinks regardless of how it's received - there was no applause. Not a sound. It was a somber moment. But today, he says he's far more optimistic.

In a surprising finale, Hayes told our guests that he hoped CCHF would invite him back for the 30th anniversary when Twila could talk about how Obamacare was repealed and Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall!

Working to make Obamacare's fall a great fall,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
CCHFREEDOM.ORG


 




News to Know:

CCHF Speech to Doctors  

At the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) held September 5 in South Carolina, CCHF president, Twila Brase, spoke to a room full of doctors. Her talk, "Evidence-Based Medicine as Junk Science," explained how there's no 'science' behind the EBM scheme of standardization and central control. Taking information from her 2005 study and the book "Tarnished Gold," she explained how EMB is biased, is population-based not individual-based, and will harm patients. Click here to watch the video.



Broken Promises on Abortion

Although the administration said taxpayer money would not subsidize federal health plans that pay for elective abortions, a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found just the opposite. GAO found that 15 of 18 national insurance issuers are violating the complicated payment rules about "non-excepted" abortion funding, including not keeping separate funds to pay for abortions from their Obamacare subsidies, as the law requires (HHS said they would release "clarifying guidelines" to insurers). Click here to view the Interactive Map on State Laws.



We Told You So!

The Obamacare website is plagued by privacy weakness and data security issues vulnerable to hackers, which the Obama Administration has yet to adequately address, the GAO found in a startling September 2014 report. "The president and his administration launched HealthCare.gov knowing that the personal information of Americans who bought insurance through the website was not safe," said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). The report says HHS didn't even consider privacy concerns.



Dangerous Alphabet Soup

The patient-physician relationship is the most "effective part" of doctoring, but doctors "resent being progressively devalued by the  'system,'" Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton writes for AAPS.  Doctors must declare that they are not tools of insurance companies or the government, she suggests. For example, the federal government (CMS) has concocted an "unappetizing alphabet soup" of electronic prescribing, such as EHRs, PQRS, VBP, and VBM directed at EPs (eligible professionals) they all must follow or face penalties. 



Physicians Give Obama "D" or "F"

Obamacare "measures" doctors using patient day, but in a study mailed by the Physician Foundation to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address or on record with the American Medical Association," 46% of doctors gave the law a "D" or an "F."  In contrast, just 25% gave the law an "A" or a "B." Doctors did not mince words. One wrote, "Get government OUT of health care." Another wrote, "Repeal Obamacare." 



Clement to Lead Appeal

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is appealing the Obamacare regulation that allows the federal government to pay for part of lawmakers' and Hill staffers' Obamacare coverage. A Wisconsin district court judge dismissed the suit in July and Johnson appealed the decision to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Conservative attorney Paul Clement, who successfully argued the individual mandate before the U.S. Supreme Court, will lead the lawsuit appeal, according to Politico Pro Health Care (9-15-14).     




Will Standardized Registries Control Doctors?

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 5214 on July 30, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), to require the Secretary of HHS to make recommendations for the "development and use of clinical data registries that are integrated with clinical practice guidelines and best practices or standards of care." CCHF issued a press release warning "recommendations" will turn into requirements and "this is how medical practice will be standardized and controlled."



Collaborating with Obamacare

Working America, the AFL-CIO non-union affiliate, will become a broker to help their non-union members select Obamacare coverage. The group will partner with GoHealth, a private health insurance exchange, and receive part of each paid commission. "The non-collective bargaining organizations are all dependent on unions or foundations. None of them are within a whisper of becoming self-sufficient," said Karen Nussbaum, Working America's executive director. "So this becomes a really rare opportunity to achieve that."

 




Quote of the Week:

"If you play it right, you can make a lot of money quickly, stealing from Medicare...You can walk into the United States, with limited English skills, no knowledge of medicine, and - if you hook up with the right people, that know how to play the system like a Stradivarius - you can become an overnight millionaire." -- James Quiggle, of the nonprofit Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, The Washington Post, August 16, 2014.




Stat of the Week:

68% -- What Medicare is willing to pay hospitals if they drop their appeals for payments denied for services provided. "Today's Datapoint," AISHealth.com, Sept. 16, 2014. (From AIS Report on Medicare Compliance)




News Release of the Week:

Insurance Company Drops Obamacare!


ST. PAUL, Minn. - The insurance company with the most customers signed up through the state Obamacare health exchange in Minnesota, MNsure, has pulled out of the government health care plan, saying continuing into 2015 is "not sustainable."

PreferredOne Health Insurance, the company with the lowest rates and the most customers, notified MNsure today that it will not return next year. The decision, according to KSTP-TV in Minnesota, is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor's race.

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Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Is a Robot Invasion Coming?

A robotics professor says the robots are coming. He writes in The Wall Street Journal that robot corporations "are going to synchronize the digital and physical worlds into a single, fused matrix. Every physical action you take will have a digital consequence, and every digital act will push back on the physical world."

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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.

Click here to listen to this week's features.

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