Action Alerts

Seven More Days! What YOU can DO to Protect Health Freedom

Every day the MN legislature is in session your money and liberty are at risk. There are only seven days left, but do not breathe easy. The end-of-session pressure adds to the risk.

URGENT PRIVACY ALERT Call MN Representatives ASAP

MN Legislature to Vote TOMORROW on Big Business Amendment that Permits Virtually Unfettered Access to Your Private Medical Records / Genetic Data WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT

COMMENT TODAY - Trump Admin. Proposal for Affordable Coverage

DEADLINE: Monday, April 23 - 5:00 p.m. EST

Please take just 5 minutes to comment on the Trump administration’s proposed rule to restore an affordable health insurance option. Obamacare supporters are taking the opportunity to lambast it. They are saying “no.” We’re asking you to say “yes.” 

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

Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR).

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.

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

Judge Rules Against Parents in Baby DNA Case

ST. PAUL, Minn.Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) is responding after a District Court ruled in favor of the defense on a motion to dismiss a case involving Baby DNA in Michigan. Read the Aug. 8 Adam Kanuszewski, et. al. v. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, et. al. decision here.

New Rule Reverses Obama-Era Damage and Gives Americans in Need of Short-Term Coverage Relief from Pricey Obamacare Premiums

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Earlier today, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) participated in a conference call with leaders inside the Trump administration regarding a rule that would provide Americans options to purchase short-term health insurance policies. 

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

Will Judge Kavanaugh Support Freedom From Medicare?

For some, it’s almost unthinkable. Who’d want to be free from Medicare? Perhaps those who realize that Medicare is almost bankrupt, that by law they can’t pay cash to get the care Medicare denies unless an ‘Advance Beneficiary Notice’ was signed, and that terms like “privatizing Medicare” (narrow-network health plans) and “negotiating drug prices” (drug formularies) are simply code words for rationing care.

Putting “America” Back into Health Care

Everything went smoothly at first. Ilan, the nine-year old son of American physician Benjamin Davies, MD, broke his arm on vacation in Italy. The local hospital x-rayed the arm, reduced the fractures of each bone and applied a cast. But the question of surgery could only be determined by driving to a bigger hospital 1.5 hours away.

UNVEILED Dangerous Plan to Control Your Doctor

Who should make medical decisions?  Big business, big government or your doctor?  A new plan to put corporaations and government agencies in charge was unveiled last week.

Event Notices

CCHF 2018 Annual Dinner

Please join keynote speaker KEITH SMITH, M.D., for an inspiring presentation about
Showcasing Free-Market Medicine in Action

with emcee BOB DAVIS 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Please call our office at 651-646-8935 If you would like to attend.

Support CCHF through Amazon Smile!

Job Opening: CCHF Seeks New Team Member!

Due to a transition on our team, we're looking for someone to manage the many details of our office, which include staff support, communication with supporters and vendors, and logistical scheduling and preparation for outreach and legislative efforts, presentations, and staff travel.

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

Opioid Crisis Act Letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander

Our organization is writing to you regarding the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S. 2680), which was marked up yesterday. On pages 2-3, I detail just some of our concernsregarding the original bill, as the marked-up bill is not yet available, and likely parts or most remain. 

CCHF Letter to Walden, Burgess, & Barton regarding Jessie's Law

We are concerned about the impact of this legislation on patient rights, patient privacy, and patient access to timely and essential medical care. We request that the legislation NOT be passed.

CCHF Letter to President Trump - Idaho Gov. Executive Order

The primary purpose of this letter is to ask you to withhold all regulatory action against the state of Idaho and Governor Butch Otter for his executive order to authorize health insurance policies that do not comply with the ACA.

Health Freedom Watch

Will Trump Administration Restore Consent to HIPAA?

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 3: 3rd Quarter 2018

From the Preface: Big Brother in the Exam Room

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 2: 2nd Quarter 2018

Reaching Out with Unconventional Truth

HEALTH FREEDOM WATCH

Volume 21: Issue 1: 1st Quarter 2018

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

MN Legislature is on One-Week Break - Here's What's Happened So Far

We've been busy this session. It's tough keeping track of what legislators are doing that could or will impact your health care freedom! There are lots of bills, unexpected amendments, and procedural surprises.

TEN “HIPAA” HARMS

Why Minnesota Legislature Should NOT Adopt Federal HIPAA No-Consent” Rule for Patient Medical Information 

 

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. 

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

Exposing Idemia: The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Exposing Idemia

The Push for National Biometric IDs in America

Written by Twila Brase and Matt Flanders* 

 

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.” 

Petitions

CITIZEN PETITION - Freedom to NOT CHOOSE Medicare

I hereby petition the United States Congress and the Administration of President Donald J. Trump to restore freedom and choice to the Medicare and Social Security programs by allowing citizens to claim social security benefits without a requirement to enroll in Medicare.  

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 Request for Information on Direct Provider Contracting Models

CCHF has concerns with the proposed model of Direct Provider Contracting— and its acronym. Many physicians and providers have wisely chosen to move away from insurance contracts. They have also opted out of Medicare/Medicaid to remove federal and other third-party intrusion from their practice. They are third-party- payer free (TPF). The questions and commentary of the RFI propose to intrude into the patient-doctor relationship under the name of “DPC.” The proposal asks “how can a DPC model be designed to attract a wide variety of practices, including small, independent practices, and/or physicians.”

 

CCHF Public Comments on CMS-9924-P [short-term, limited duration insurance]

We support the Trump administration’s attempt to restore freedom and affordability for care and coverage while we await either full repeal of the ACA or the development and growth of care and coverage options that are beyond the reach of the ACA and its rules, regulations, restrictions and costly requirements.

 

CCHF Public Comment on CMS Proposed Rule re: Any Willing Pharmacy

We support the CMS Medicare proposal to restore the freedom of senior citizens to access medication at the pharmacy of their choice. 

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

Testimony on SF 730

(Opioid Stewardship Program / PMP Funding and Fees / Prescription Limits / Law Enforcement / PMP Required Use / Opioid Limits)
MN Senate HHS Finance and Policy Committee
March 15, 2018 

 

Testimony on HF 1440 (Opioid Stewardship Program)

Submitted Testimony on HF 1440 (Opioid Stewardship Program) MN House HHS Reform Committee
March 15, 2018 

 

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 

 

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