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CCHF Health Freedom eNews

September 11, 2013

 

Stayed tuned for more news on Twila's CNN interview

to air on "Sanjay Gupta MD" (Time: TBA)


 

Twila Brase will explain why CCHF'S

"Refuse to Enroll"Campaign has captured the attention of the nation.

 

Obamacare “Navigators” Outraged at Inquisition

It would be funny if it weren't so serious. The groups that have received Obamacare "navigator" grants are outraged because Congress has asked them to detail the planned use of these taxpayer funds, which total $67 million.

A "navigator" is a new federally-funded government worker created by Obamacare. Their job is to implement Obamacare enrollment by gathering the necessary personal data from individuals and submitting a federal application on behalf of individuals for Obamacare exchange coverage. There will be thousands of navigators across the country, an army of taxpayer-funded Obamacare troops.

This is why we need you to contribute today to our "Refuse to Enroll" counter-campaign. Navigators are not the end of the federal ACA marketing machine. HHS has initiated a $12 million campaign to drive people into the government Exchanges. Help us give citizens a chance to see the dark side of Obamacare before they unwittingly enroll.

Of the 104 groups that received navigator grants, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to 51 of them asking for detailed information on:

  • The work that will be performed with the funds.
  • Detailed descriptions of how the funding will be utilized.
  • The training and education the navigators must receive and complete.
  • How the organization hiring navigators will use the private information gathered from enrolling individuals.
  • The processes the grantees will use to supervise navigators and other employees.

 

Pretty simple stuff, and quite common reporting requirements for organizations receiving grant dollars, but the groups are protesting vehemently. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) even called the request for data "harassment and intimidation tactics....with no justification for their actions."

Oh, the irony of this outrage. Reach back to the moment on May 10 when Lois Lerner, head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, tried unsuccessfully to "apologize" for three years of targeting conservative groups with lengthy and intrusive questionnaires. Lerner tried ...

Continue reading...
 




 




News to Know:

Coverage Disappears for Millions

Millions who have affordable bare-bones insurance will have to purchase new plans due to Obamacare. Even state programs are disappearing. For example, Tennessee's CoverTN is shuttering their state-administered insurance program due to Obamacare. At least 16,000 people who liked their coverage will NOT be able to keep it. Minnesota is shuttering their state-administered "high risk" insurance program leaving 26,000 people into MNSure, the Obamacare government exchange.





HHS Issues HIX Propaganda

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a list of 10 "facts" health care providers "need to know" about the health insurance exchanges (HIX). The list includes the following facts, lies and propaganda. We have provided some truth for the telling:

  1. HHS: The exchanges are "a new way to shop for health coverage," and allow customers to compare private insurance plans in terms of cost, quality and benefits.

 

  • CCHF: No, the government exchanges often offer limited "narrow network" government coverage administered by health plans under government contract to those who fill out a federal application under penalty of perjury. This is "Medicaid for the middle class" on a sliding fee scale.

 

  1. HHS: "Each state will have its own marketplace; some of these will be run by the state, others by the federal government and others by a partnership between the two."

 

  • CCHF: No, it's not a marketplace. It's a national government exchange system with state-named website portals in 16 states (and D.C.) connected to the system and one federal portal (healthcare.gov) connected to the system for people in the states that have refused to connect to or help fund the national system.

 

  1. HHS: "Any U.S. citizen or national who is not currently incarcerated is eligible to buy insurance through the exchanges."

 

  • CCHF: Any citizen? It's been said that exchanges are only for the "16% uninsured" but this statement underscores our concern that supporters of Obamacare may intend the national exchange system to eventually be the only place to get coverage. This is why CCHF warns that ACA Exchanges will lead to a "single-seller system." #DontFundIt




Boycott the Baltimore Ravens

The Obama administration has failed to obtain NFL cooperation in promoting Obamacare exchanges, but the Baltimore Ravens have jumped in with both feet. Considering the law's widespread unpopularity, the NFL has left promotional decisions up to individual teams and players. The Ravens became the first team to publicly support the law. They will join efforts to promote the Maryland Health Connection (Obamacare HIX) for the six-month open enrollment period beginning Oct. 1.
(POLITICOPro, Sept. 3, 2013)



NY Prescription Tracking Database Intrudes

New York State has introduced a new regulation for every prescriber that orders controlled substances for patients. I-STOP, the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, requires practitioners to log into and update a centralized database before prescribing controlled substances such as opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin) and benzodiazepines (Xanax). Patients will also be required to provide detailed information about their past prescriptions. I-STOP will complicate clinical practice making the prescription process more convoluted -- and more controlled by outsiders.



EHR "Defaults" Cause Safety Problems

According to a report by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, more than 3% of Electronic Health Record (EHR) "default values" had errors. EHR "default values" are preset medication, dose and delivery of medication based on patient diagnoses or surgical procedures. For the study, 324 EHR default value reports were analyzed, with only two having NO errors. Fully 314 (97%) reports contained an error, but with no apparent harm to the patient. Six reports resulted in "unsafe conditions," and two reports involved temporary harm that required prolonged hospitalization. In short, standardized "defaults" cannot be relied upon to treat patients.



ACTION ITEM: IRS Issues Instructions for Employer Mandate

The IRS has released proposed regulations regarding implementation of Obamacare's controversial employer mandate. The IRS is encouraging employers to begin complying with the mandate rules starting in 2014, despite the mandate being illegally postponed by President Obama until 2015. The proposed rule affects "applicable large employers...employees and other individuals." Public comments can be submitted through November 8, 2013.



ACTION ITEM: Proposed IRS Rule on Insurance Reporting

On Sept. 5 the IRS issued a proposed Obamacare rule to tell providers of health coverage, including employers, insurers and government agencies (including the Exchanges), how to report to the IRS private data on individuals and "minimum essential coverage" provided. Such data includes type and time of insurance. The rule dictates related statements employers and insurers must provide to covered individuals, which individuals must provide to the IRS or pay "an individual shared responsibility payment with their income tax returns." Public comments can be submitted through November 8, 2013.



Lawsuit Filed for Privacy Breach

In August, Advocate Health Care reported the second largest HIPAA breach in history after the theft of unencrypted laptops compromised the health information of more than 4 million people. Now, those affected have filed a class action lawsuit against the health group, claiming that Advocate Health failed to adequately protect the information of its patients. The lawsuit states that the laptops containing private information were unencrypted and kept in an unmonitored room, violating appropriate privacy protocols and showing negligence on behalf of Advocate Health.



Companies Cut Coverage Due to ACA

President Obama said earlier this year that, under Obamacare, little will change for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have coverage, but that is not the case for a number of Americans at large companies. United Parcel Service (UPS) and the University of Virginia both recently told employees that they will have to take action due to the increased spending Obamacare will require. As a result, both employers are limiting employee coverage and eliminating coverage for employees' spouses. Employees can also expect decreased hours and wages in order to compensate for Obamacare's rising costs.



Medicare Recipients: Do NOT Enroll in Exchanges...Yet

The Medicare administration wants elderly Americans to know they should not enroll in Exchanges. Medicare's Michele Patrick clarifies that "we want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing, and the marketplace doesn't require them to do anything." [emphasis added.] This statement reveals that exchanges are the government. Real marketplaces never require anything. Further, it ignores that one-half trillion dollars was taken from Medicare, meaning access to benefits will change. ALSO NOTE: If government exchanges become "single-seller systems," everyone will be required to enroll including Medicare recipients.



New Obamacare Lawsuit?

Non-profit group Judicial Watch is considering litigation to challenge President Obama's rewriting of Obamacare. Specifically, Judicial Watch's primary issue is that President Obama rewrote the law to delay the employer mandate without also delaying the individual mandate. Under this unilateral rewrite, Americans who would have been covered by the employer mandate are being forced into enrolling in the exchanges due to the delay. Judicial Watch believes this practice is questionable if not unconstitutional and is seeking potential plaintiffs in their challenge. Call them up.


 

Small Biz Try to Avoid Obamacare

By overlooking small businesses, Obamacare may be in a bind. Facing a multitude of regulations and the possibility of steep premiums under the Affordable Care Act, many small businesses are considering forgoing employee coverage under the ACA in favor of self-insuring. Firms that self-insure will pay directly for employees' health costs as well as assume any financial risk. However, that risk might be worth taking considering the guaranteed cost increases under Obamacare. If self-insuring becomes a popular enough option, it could create an "insurance premium death spiral" and threaten the stability of the Obamacare exchanges...and the future of Obamacare itself.




Quote of the Week:



 

"We are supportive of fixing parts of ObamaCare and our primary objective is to change it. But if it can't be changed, then it needs to be repealed," - Terry O'Sullivan, president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), The Hill, September 10, 2013.

 




Stat of the Week:

258 - number of employers that have "cut work hours, job or taken other steps to avoid Obamacare costs."

 

 




News Release of the Week:

CCHF Launches National "Refuse to Sign HIPAA" Campaign

ST. PAUL, Minn. - One patient advocate is working to make sure that Americans know that the form that's pushed across the counter at them at the doctor's office is not meant to protect their private patient data. In fact, the opposite is true. The HIPAA law, thought to protect patient privacy, is simply a vehicle to share private data with more than 2.2 million entities.

Twila Brase, patient advocate and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), has launched a campaign to make Americans aware of their right to not sign the HIPAA "Privacy" Form at the doctor's office.  Brase believes that this is another in a long line of glaring examples of government's deceitful tactics to create a giant network of private data on every American. Continue reading




Featured Health Freedom Minute:

The HIPAA Privacy Rule Part 5

Welcome to part five of a five-day series on HIPAA, the "no-privacy" Rule. The rule allows your data to be computerized and shared. But after doctors refused to use electronic medical records, Obamaʼs 2009 stimulus bill penalizes doctors who donʼt. It also adds new intruders. Due to HIPAA and the stimulus bill, 2.2 million entities can share your data. Continue reading

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.

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom
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