Action Alerts

MN Action Alert: Protect and Control Your Health Information!

ACTION ALERT

STOP ATTACK ON STRONG MINNESOTA MEDICAL PRIVACY LAW
ACT NOW: Save your consent and privacy rights!  

DEADLINE: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm

12 FACTS about Graham-Cassidy (GC) Senate "Repeal Obamacare" Bill

The Graham-Cassidy bill does not repeal the Affordable Care Act, or its exchanges or the Obamacare coverage. Senator Rand Paul says it only repeals 90% of ACA spending. He calls it “ObamacareLite at its worst." Says it just redistributes the ACA dollars from Democrat states to Republican states (more money to states that didn’t expand Medicaid). It does not repeal Obamacare. The Graham-Cassidy bill is not a fulfillment of the Republican promise to repeal Obamacare. 

TAKE ACTION - Call Congress to Repeal Obamacare!

Put three phone calls on your schedule!
 
To push for repeal of Obamacare, we’re asking everyone to call Congress on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amicus Briefs

Matt Sissel v Department of Health and Human Services, et al

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and individual physicians to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Matt Sissel v. Department of Health and Human Servs, et al, a case opposing the delete and replace actions of the US Senate in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. 

 

 

Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom joins with 57 non-profit organizations to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Center for Competitive Politics v. Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General of California, a case opposing the demand by the Attorney General of California that nonprofits file an un-redacted copy of Schedule B to Internal Revenue Service Form 990, thus forcing the groups to disclose the names and addresses of the organizations

King vs Burwell: Exchange Subsidies, Case No. 14-114, Submitted to SCOTUS, September 3, 2014

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE CITIZENS’ COUNCIL FOR HEALTH FREEDOM, ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, INC., AND INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIANS IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONERS

Articles/Letters Published

Congress Has Exposed Patients’ DNA to Prying Eyes.

The 21st Century Cures Act was hailed as the biggest health-care reform since ObamaCare. It’s easy to see why: The law, which passed both houses of Congress by unanimous consent last December, increased the budget of the National Institutes of Health, designated nearly $2 billion for cancer research, and set aside $500 million in 2017 alone to address the opioid crisis.

The Path to Obamacare Repeal Is Simple—Don’t Let ACA Centerpiece Get in the Way

Republicans are running out of time. The U.S. Senate must act soon to repeal every word of Obamacare. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) told The Hill, “We could repeal all of Obamacare … I just don’t buy the fact that we can’t do that.” I agree.

Not letting the Obamacare crisis go to waste

Republicans should take a lesson from Democrats. During President Obama’s battle to enact Obamacare, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, famously said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you could not do before.”

CCHF Analyses of Legislation

Real ID

Letter to the Editor printed in the Minneapolis StarTribune on 5-19-16 written by Twila Brase, CCHF President, regarding Minnesota REAL ID legislation

You Can Still Fly - REAL ID Rule

From the Federal Register January 9, 2008 Rules and Regulations:

"DHS notes that individuals without a REAL ID-compliant document will still be able to enter Federal facilities and board commercial aircraft, and these rules cannot determine what alternative documents are acceptable for those purposes."

 

State to State Data Sharing - The Law

REAL ID Law:  Electronic Access to State Motor Vehicle Databases

 

CCHF Obamacare Briefs

Will You Be Exempt from the Individual Mandate?

IRS DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: May 2, 2013

Comment online: www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-148500-12)

Starting on page 8 of the 73-page proposed IRS rule to implement the mandate:

"[The federal health care reform law] provides that an individual is exempt for a month for which the individual lacks access to affordable minimum essential coverage... 

CCHF Statements

Thank You For Your Support in 2013

Because of your generosity, 2013 was an incredible year. We have accomplished so much that would not have been possible without help from all of our supporters - like you. 

Declaration

Exchange Opt-Out

I declare that I am opting out of any and all participation in the national Obamacare Exchange system. I hereby refuse to enroll in -- or use -- any state-based, “state-federal partnership,” or federal healthcare.gov website portal (“health exchange”) created under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  I base this declaration in part on the following reasons:

Diagrams

Real ID Compliant and Non-Compliant States

Alternative Payment Models Diagram - Manatt

Alternative Payment Models (APMs), under the 2010 Obamacare law and the 2015 GOP “Doc Fix” bill (MACRA), are altering physician practice. The goal of government officials and health plan executives is to pay doctors for “value,” not their time or their services. The CMS Innovation Center has initiated most of the APMs listed in the diagram below, including ACOs and bundled payments. Who Defines “Value” of Care?

Three Legal Alternatives

Twila Brase, patient advocate and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, says there are better, smarter—and perfectly legal—alternatives to enrolling in Obamacare. Brase offers these three legal alternatives to enrolling in Obamacare:

 

 

eNews Commentary

Dissension in The Swamp

President Trump promised to drain the swamp. But finding the plug in the boggy mire and pulling it out has proved difficult. That said, the swamp is no longer functioning with its usual efficiency. Congress is having more difficulty getting bills passed. There’s dissension in the ranks and impasse is common. That’s mostly a good thing.

Working in Washington This Week

The National Physician Council of Health Care Policy, led by Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and California physician Marcy Zwelling, MD met November 4-6 in Washington, D.C. At the invitation of Dr. Zwelling, CCHF president Twila Brase gave a presentation on privacy: “Patient Privacy, Where Art Thou?” 

Fun & Fundraising with Fox News’ Pete Hegseth!

Last night, CCHF’s 2017 fundraising dinner was packed with individuals who heard a message of hope for the future of health freedom from CCHF president Twila Brase and Fox News’ Pete Hegseth. One audience member later said what she loved the most was the optimism!

Event Notices

2017 Annual Dinner with Pete Hegseth

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

DOUBLE your DOLLARS to Stop Obamacare!

Dear Friend,

 

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

 

But it's not happening - yet.

Support CCHF through Amazon Smile!

The program is called Amazon Smile and we'd love for you to consider adding Citizens' Council for Health Freedom as your donation designee! You only have to do it once. Every purchase you make from smile.amazon.com will automatically distribute a portion to our account! It doesn't add to your cost and you don't have to remember anything when you shop.

Federal Laws

REAL ID Act

H.R.1268

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005
(Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)

TITLE II--IMPROVED SECURITY FOR DRIVERS' LICENSES AND PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Proposed Senate "Obamacare Repeal" Amendment

Today, the U.S. Senate proposes to amend H. R. 3762 to "repeal" additional sections of the Affordable Care Act beyond the sections that the U.S. House proposes to repeal using the budget reconciliation process. The entire law would not be repealed. Budget reconciliation procedures mean the "repeal" is actually a 7-year suspension of various taxes, including the 40% 'Cadillac tax,' zeroing out of the individual and employer mandate penalties (while not repealing the language), ending the risk corridor and reinsurance (corporate welfare/bailout) programs, and phasing out the expansion of Medicaid and taxpayer-funded premium subsidies. If enacted and signed into law, the bill would be a blow to the financial solvency of the law, but would not repeal many ACA provisions which impede on individualized medical decision-making between patients and doctors, such as "value-based" purchasing, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. [UPDATED with 20-page Senate amendment on Friday, December 4, 2015]

CR Omnibus 2015 - Amendment to H.R. 83 (Dec. 9, 2014)

CCH Freedom has pulled together a list of much of the health care spending in omnibus bill under consideration by Congress. The HHS Appropriations Act within the 1,603 page bill includes funding for Obamacare, plus much much more. The spending begins on page 834.

Federal Reform

CSR Subsidies A “Solution” in Search of a Problem and the Costly Danger of Double-Dipping

On October 12, 2017, President Trump announced the immediate termination of Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments. The White House stated, “Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services has concluded that there is no appropriation for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare. In light of this analysis, the Government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing payments.” 

 

Letter to OMB Director Mulvaney regarding Common Rule

Our organization discovered state-based “Baby DNA Warehousing” in 2003 -- and the use and sharing of newborn DNA for medical and genetic research without parental consent. As a result, four parent lawsuits (IN, MN, TX) have been filed and judges have required millions of newborn DNA blood spot cards stored by state government to be incinerated. 

Letter to Pres. Trump Regarding CSR Subsidy Payments

On July 29th, you said: “If a new Health Care Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”
 
We encourage you to make it so. You have the power to begin the restoration of health freedom in America by shutting down the $7-$10 billion ACA bailouts the insurers want to wrest from taxpayers.

Health Freedom Watch

5 Whirlwind Days in Washington, D.C.

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 4: 4th Quarter 2017

Sending Advice to President Trump...and All Americans

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2017 

The Essential Five Rights of Health Freedom

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 2: 2nd Quarter 2017

Info Cards/Brochures

HIPAA Info Wallet Card

Business card containing the HIPAA alert information

Privacy & Health Care Reform - 10 Things Patients & Doctors Need to Know

Informational brochure on the impact of Obamacare on patient privacy.

Spread the Word: CCHC Information Cards

LARGER VIEWS OF CARDS & BROCHURES

Minnesota Documents

MN Individual Insurance Market Becomes Gov't Program

MNSure, the Obamacare exchange website, has announced the stabilization of premium costs due to the new state reinsurance program. They note “costs are decreasing in most cases.” But the costs are not decreasing. They’re being paid for by taxpayers. As this letter shows federal taxes of more than $1 billion will be used to subsidize the entire MN individual market, which has been put into a new subsidized government program called the Minnesota Premium Security Plan.

CCHF Letter to MN Governor and GOP Leadership

Click to read the CCHF letter sent today to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and GOP leadership in the MN House and Senate. TOPIC Assent transfers when MN tax-exempt HMOs convert to for-profit corporations

REAL ID Votes - MN Senate 2017

Click on the PDF file to view all the MN SENATE votes this year on REAL ID. Every vote of every Minnesota state Senator is noted.

Minnesota Reports

Huge Fiscal Cliffs in Obama’s Exchanges

MNSURE, Minnesota’s Exchange, recently placed a premium calculator online to estimate the cost of Exchange coverage. Middle income families and individuals that choose government exchange coverage will have to think twice before accepting a raise or choosing to work. 

The Exchange is NOT a Marketplace

The Minnesota healthcare exchange is not a marketplace. It is not, as some have called it, a “one-stop-shopping” place for health insurance or “Travelocity.” The MN Exchange, being built under DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s executive order, and now advancing through legislation, has been called the “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace.” 

Exhibit D - Data Sharing Contract for MN Exchange

The $41 million contract between Maximus, Inc. and the State of Minnesota for the development of an ACA-compliant health insurance exchange includes several exhibits. EXHIBIT D is focused on data-sharing. The data to be shared by the State with the corporation is extensive. Maximus will create an Exchange that allows individual data to be shared with at least five federal agencies through the "federal data services hub."

Model Legislation

Tax-Penalty Prohibited for Failure to Buy Health Insurance - Model Legislation

Although the mandate to purchase health insurance under Obamacare was ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court to be unconstitutional, Chief Justice ruled that the Congress could tax citizens for inactivity -- for failing to purchase government-approved health insurance. State legislatures should now stand up under their 10th Amendment States' Rights authority to prohibit the taxation of their citizens by the IRS for failure to buy health insurance. NOTE: the requirement to register one's health insurance status with the federal government annually will create a national database unlike any ever before created. Every citizen must register every year with the IRS, whether they pay taxes or not.

Exchange Prohibited - Model Legislation

State legislators, individuals are organizations can use this proposed legislation as a template for writing their own legislation to prohibit the implementation of a state-run, federally-run, or federally-facilitated health insurance exchange, as defined in sections 1311 and 1321 of Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Laws 111-148 and 111-152). NOTE: The federal law does not require states to implement an exchange, and cannot force state legislatures to build a state-run exchange (unconstitutional commandeering), join in a federally-facilitated exchange (federally-run exchange with facade of state control), or share state data on individuals to allow the operation of a Federal Exchange run by HHS. For more model legislation, click here.

National Reports

Capitol Hill Report

Special Report from June 19-23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

Profiled from Birth, Vol. 1: Not Just a Birth Certificate

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, recently released a new report, called “Not Just a Birth Certificate: How states use birth certificates to collect data, conduct research and warehouse electronic health information.” 

The HIPAA Privacy Deception

This document of personal stories of patients who refused to sign the HIPAA privacy form is part of CCH Freedom’s “Refuse to Sign HIPAA” campaign. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is using this campaign to highlight the fact that the “HIPAA Privacy Rule” does not protect patient privacy – and that patients are not required to sign the so-called “HIPAA privacy form.” 

 

Petitions

CITIZEN PETITION to REPEAL MN Electronic Health Record Mandate

I hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton to give me and my doctor a choice to protect privacy and autonomy by REPEALING the Minnesota EHR Mandate Law.

MICHIGAN Petition - Oppose Snyderʼs Plan for Federal Exchange (Obamacare)

I hereby petition Governor Snyder to refuse to comply with Obamacare, and to cease plans to install a government-run health insurance exchange.

Policy Briefs

State Emergency Health Powers

On October 23, 2001, less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the proposed Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). The proposal was finalized in December 2001. It authorized state health officials and their designees to take control of people, property, health care, communications and more in a public health emergency. State legislatures debated it in 2002, and at least 40 passed some version of it. Most of the public is not aware of these police powers.  For more information go to www.governmenthealthpowers.us

HIPAA Action Alert - Refuse to Sign

HIPAA - The Grand Deception

HIPAA does not protect health privacy - use this one-page CCHF document at your clinic and hospital to REFUSE TO SIGN the HIPAA "privacy" form. Contact CCHF for business-card-sized "refuse to sign" forms you can carry in your wallet. For more information, read the CCHF Alert.

MN "Bureaucrats at Bedside" Plan - Q&A

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will designate certain treatment protocols as the MN standard of care. At their own discretion, they will decide which protocols will be called “evidence-based” and approved for use. MDH will collect data on physician adherence to these government-issued protocols and publicly report compliance rates on their website. Physi- cians with low compliance rates may be financially penalized.

Projects

"RefuseMNsure.com" Billboard

Did you see our recent billboard? Just in time for the MN State Fair, we began our latest action in the national Refuse to Enroll campaign focused on the Minnesota Exchange called MNsure! But if you missed the billboard, you can still be part of the effort!

Support CCHF's "Refuse to Enroll" Counter Campaign!

We need your help right now to defeat President Obama’s government Health Exchanges. It’s simple: Consumers can defeat this key component of Obamacare by simply choosing not to enroll. YOU can help us give consumers the reasons not to choose the Exchange. 

 

Exchange Opt Out

Public Comments

CCHF Responds to HHS Request with 21 Ways to Cut Burden of Obamacare

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a national health freedom organization located in Minnesota, and the initiator of The Wedge of Health Freedom (jointhewedge.com) is responding to your request for information on reducing the regulatory burdens imposed by the PPACA and moving American medical care to a more patient-centered system that “adheres to the key principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, and empowerment.” Our recommendations are based on five key elements of health freedom and five essential rights:

CCHF Comments on Medicare Physician Payment Rule

These are brief comments from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom on the Medicare Program: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model Incentive  under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models. This controversial 2,398-page final rule (initial public-inspection version) is authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. As the 962-page proposed rule described, financial harm to many small practices is expected. 

Privacy Alert!

Take Action! MDH has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather information from the public to make their case against the strongest-in-the-nation Minnesota medical privacy law. The questions in the RFI are clearly slanted toward generating data to pressure legislators into repealing the MHRA and removing Minnesota’s consent requirements.

Please fill out your responses to stop repeal of MN's medical privacy law (DEADLINE: Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 7pm)

Public Documents

CONGRESS CAN: Restore Healthcare Freedom & Affordability

Restore Affordability
The high-cost of insurance and medical delivery today are a result of heavy third-party involvement in every medical decision...and burdensome regs, reporting, measurement
-  TRUE INSURANCE - Expand/Restore major-medical indemnity policies.

and more...

 

Claim an Obamacare Exemption to Avoid Penalty

In 2014, 20 million went without insurance, but only 8 million paid the penalty-tax. The remaining 12 million people claimed one of 9 exemptions (which include 14 hardship waivers). Numbers 13 and 14 are fairly broad in scope. More than 600,000 people have avoided the penalty -- and the high-cost, unaffordable premiums -- by joining a health-sharing ministry (Exemption #2). Check them out. Open Enrollment ends on January 31, 2017.

King v. Burwell Supreme Court Decision - The Text

THE RULING: On June 25, interns of news media ran the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on King v. Burwell (Obamacare premium subsidies issued by federal exchange) to waiting reporters. Even though the plain text of the law clearly states that federal premium subsidies can only be issued by an “Exchange established by the State,” the 6-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts ignored the Rule of Law and declared subsidies could also be issued by the federal exchange. Justice Scalia’s dissent, which follows Roberts’ ruling in the document, is priceless. Read it here...

Speeches

Stop Obamacare Insurance Exchanges - CCHF Speech

On September 21, CCHF President gave this speech at the Eagle Forum Council in St. Louis Missouri.

Opposing Obamacare in MN

CCHF President, Twila Brase, joins Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute to speak out in opposition to establishing an Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange in Minnesota. The forum, titled, "Perspectives on Health Insurance Exchanges," was hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.

Medical Privacy Panel Discussion
National Press Club

Testimony

CCHF Testimony on SF 800 (Benson) - HHS Omnibus

Senate File 800 (Benson) – HHS Omnibus
MN Senate Finance Committee

Tuesday, March 29, 2017
Testimony of Twila Brase, President and Co-founder 

 

CCHF Testimony on HF945 (Dean) - HHS Omnibus

House File 945 (Dean) – HHS Omnibus
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Testimony of Twila Brase, President and Co-founder Presented by Matt Flanders, Legislative Specialist 

 

CCHF Testimony in MN Senate Finance for SF 720 - Reinsurance

Senate File 720 – Dahms – Reinsurance
Thursday, March 9, 2017
MN Senate Finance Committee (Chair Rosen)
Written Testimony of Twila Brase, President and Co-founder 

 

Transcripts

TRANSCRIPT: Outside, In: Will Population Health Solve What’s Ailing Our Health Care System?

 

Politico Panel Discussion – Partial Transcript by CCHF

NOTE: All emphasis ours. Some comments paraphrased or truncated.

Full descriptions and comments found here.

TRANSCRIPT: MN Legislators on Record - NO EHR, NO PENALTY

TRANSCRIPT:
House of Representatives Floor Session
Friday May 8, 2015
House File 1535
Bill Author: Representative Tara Mack

Transcript of Manny Munson-Regala’s (MN Dept of Health) Response to Chairwoman Rep. Peggy Scott

Civil Law and Data Practices – House of Representatives
Hearing on “Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota”
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Transcribed by Matt Flanders, CCH Freedom
http://ww2.house.leg.state.mn.us/audio/mp3ls89/civil021715.mp3