Action Alerts

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

Leave It Blank!

Good news! Under Trumps executive order, the IRS no longer requires you to show health insurance status! If you're filing a standard form 1040 for your 2016 taxes, you'll find the question on line 61. Since the IRS is depending on voluntary disclosure to enforce the penalty until Congress acts to change the requirement, we are urging all individuals to leave it blank whether they had coverage or not and start to throw off the shackles of Obamacare.

Make CCHF a Strong Voice in 2017

We have a real opportunity right now to change the trajectory of health care back to freedom and away from Obamacare’s costs and control. CCHF’s president and Congressman Tom Price, M.D., Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services have met face-to-face several times. 

With your support, CCHF can be a strong and trusted voice to help the new administration to push Congress for full repeal and for rescission of restrictive regulations. Give today to help us start 2017 strong!

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

NewNot 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.”

Trump should kill the Republican proposal for 'ObamaCare 2.0'

On March 23, we face the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that made health insurance unaffordable and medical care less accessible. Republicans on the campaign trail promised to repeal the law, and Americans are counting on them to stick to their promise.

Democrats went off the rails trying to protect socialized medicine

On Wednesday, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee staged a protest against GOP Congressman Tom Price’s nomination as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rather than act in a respectable manner befitting their responsibilities as public servants, Democrats boycotted the vote.  Twelve chairs sat empty.

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

“Re-accommodate” Obamacare

Do you want truth or ear-tickling? For example, on Monday, Politico called Speaker Ryan’s failed American Health Care Act (AHCA) a bill to “repeal Obamacare”... But the truth is, AHCA (“ah-ka”) does not repeal the 2,700-page Affordable Care Act.

Does the Freedom Caucus Have a Plan?

The House Freedom Caucus (HFC) has pushed for full repeal of Obamacare…until now. These Republicans want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fully repealed. They opposed Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) and stopped two floor votes on AHCA (ah-ka). 

Live from Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow is the seventh anniversary of Obamacare. It’s also the day GOP leadership will hold a vote on the controversial GOP leadership replacement bill –it’s not a repeal -- called the American Health Care Act (AHCA or “ah-ka”). It’s been called “Obamacare 2.0.”

Event Notices

JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, FEB 8th TO OPPOSE REAL ID!

PLEASE COME:  Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy – MN Senate
Chair: Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove)
1 pm – 2:30 pm
Room 1100 - Minnesota Senate Bldg

SF 166 (author: Sen. Pratt)

Give to the Max Day: Nov 17, 2016

From the depths of our hearts, THANK YOU.

You did it! You helped us to raise nearly $50,000, more than exceeded our $20,000 match, and with the match included,  it's a grand total of $65,034.

Come hear CCHF discuss The Wedge of Health Freedom!

FREE! Town Hall Discussion

Saturday, Oct. 29
9:30-11:00am
American Legion
2010 South Pebble Lake Rd
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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

21 Principles to Restore Health Freedom

With a new presidential administration standing firm on its commitment to change the health care landscape in America, the time is ripe for lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has proven unaffordable to many Americans. The new direction needs to be based on key principles to return simplicity, affordability, health freedom and treatment choices to patients and doctors around the country.

STOPPING OBAMACARE - Ten Executive Actions President Trump Could Take

Until a “Repeal Obamacare” bill is signed, Obamacare can be disabled through executive and administrative powers. Here are 10 actions President Trump could take to stop the Affordable Care Act, reduce costs to taxpayers, send health care back to the States and restore health freedom to patients and doctors: 

 

Residents Each State Could Exempt from Individual Mandate

Health Freedom Watch

Obamacare - Making Repeal Happen

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 20: Issue 1: 1st Quarter 2017 

Trump Won – Three Options to Avoid Penalty Before Repeal

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 19: Issue 4: 4th Quarter 2016 

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 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

MDH on Record - NO EHR, NO PENALTY

MDH - Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Information Technology

 

Understanding the Minnesota Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate

Baby DNA in Minnesota

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

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.” 

 

Safe Haven: How Mutual Aid Can Protect Families in Times of Trouble

Safe Haven:

How Mutual Aid Can Protect Families in Times of Trouble

By Greg Scandlen

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 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)

Addendum to CCHF's Public Comments - "Human Subject" Designation

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom would like to underscore the importance of the proposed
"human subject" designation of biospecimens, including newborn DNA.  We support this designation, which is currently in law for newborn dried blood spots (Newborn DNA) under the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorizaiton Act of 2014.

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: “Health Insurance Exchanges: Progress Report” U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing

February 14, 2013 - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee was chaired by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). On the hot seat was Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO, pronounced "see-CY-o"). This transcript is incomplete, but has a few complete dialogues under topics labeled by transcriber.