Health Care Reform - Obamacare

Obamacare Fails Four Key Tests

Obamacare Fails Four Key Tests
St. Paul, Minn.— Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—or Obamacare—the controversial federal health care overhaul that patient advocates say takes away individual freedoms and, therefore, goes against the tenets of the U.S. Constitution.
 

MO Business Owner 1st to Sue Federal Gov't Over Religious Freedoms in HHS Mandate

MO Business Owner 1st to Sue Federal Gov't Over Religious Freedoms in HHS Mandate
St. Paul, Minn.—In the inaugural case of its kind, a Missouri business owner is the first individual to sue the Department of Health and Human Services, saying its controversial contraceptive mandate violates his constitutionally-protected religious beliefs.

Government Exchange - Control Through Data-Sharing

Government Exchange - Control Through Data-Sharing

The government exchanges (state or federal) all follow the same regulatory structure. They are website portals through which data flows to the federal government for purposes of regulatory control and enforcement. Five federal agencies receive the data: IRS, Treasury, HHS, Homeland Security, and Social Security Administration.

‘Marketplace’ of State Exchanges Sends Patient Data Straight to Federal Gov't Agencies

‘Marketplace’ of State Exchanges Sends Patient Data Straight to Federal Gov't Agencies
St. Paul, Minn.— With the pending Supreme Court hearing on health care taking place in two weeks, much will be uncovered about Obamacare. President Obama and others compare the health insurance exchanges to the functionality of online airline bookings. Exchanges have been billed as online “marketplaces” where consumers can shop for the “best deal and the smartest health insurance plan.” These health insurance exchanges seem harmless on the surface. Federal officials are even offering to let each state create their own exchange, giving the impression that states will have control over the process.

 

Final Federal Health Insurance Exchange Regulation

Final Federal Health Insurance Exchange Regulation

HHS has issued the first of many final rules on health insurance exchanges (state portals). The 644-page rule uses the word "require" 327 times and "must" 1,004 times. All state exchanges must follow the federal Obamacare law and the many pages of federal regulations. This document is just the first of many such rules and regs to come. Per POLITICO, the rule covers the establishment of exchanges and the eligibility standards for employers, but it doesn’t cover exemptions from the individual mandate, essential benefits, or quality standards.

CCHF: Supreme Court Briefs Tell Story 
of Obamacare Opposition

CCHF: Supreme Court Briefs Tell Story 
of Obamacare Opposition
St. Paul, Minn.— Amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court regarding the controversial federal healthcare law—the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare—are very telling in regards to how the public and patient advocates feel about the plan.

 

CCHF President Twila Brase Honored by Wisconsin Senate

CCHF President Twila Brase Honored by Wisconsin Senate
St. Paul, Minn.—Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), a patient-centered national health policy organization based in St. Paul, Minn., was recently honored by the Wisconsin State Senate for her work to protect patient rights.

Latest Attack on Religious and Health Freedoms is One of Many

Latest Attack on Religious and Health Freedoms is One of Many

St. Paul, Minn.— A week after the Obama Administration seemingly “compromised” on the birth control mandate that created a nationwide religious liberty debate, Americans around the country are sending the message loud and clear that the issue is not one of contraception—but of conscience.

Democrat Letter Criticizes Sebelius on Benefits

Democrat Letter Criticizes Sebelius on Benefits

On December 16, 2011, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight released the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin (Bulletin) that discusses how to define the essential health benefits package pursuant to section 1302(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In providing this early guidance, the Secretary is opening a dialogue with states, consumers, and other stakeholders on the important issue of defining the Essential Health Benefits (EHB). We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments in response to the initial direction proposed in the Bulletin and look forward to a more thorough regulatory notice and comment process to finalize the EHB. Click to read letter.

"Marketplace" Legislation Will Implement Obamacare and Government Takeover

'Marketplace' Legislation Will Implement Obamacare and Government Takeover

"We are disappointed to see state legislators introduce a bill to implement Obamacare's federal command and control center in the state of Minnesota. We are further disappointed with the extraordinary attempt of these legislators to disguise the federally-controlled health insurance exchange within the legislation. The word "exchange" is not even mentioned in the bill. The entire bill discusses a "marketplace" established by the government."