Action Alerts

ALERT Act before MIDNIGHT to Protect Patient Privacy

Your comments are critical to protect your child's and your own Privacy.

Comment by 11:59 PM EASTERN time at REGULATIONS.GOV

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See CCHF's comments here.

 

 

Help Shut Down Obamacare!

Let Congress know: NO BAILOUTS for health insurers. No Obamacare “risk corridor” payments.  Deadline: Appropriations bill may be voted on as early as Friday, December 11, 2016.

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

Obama Swiftly Vetoes Reconciliation Bill Because Congress Didn’t Deliver

Obamacare is an economic disaster but despite sending a “partial Obamacare repeal” to President Obama’s desk—a repeal that he swiftly vetoed around noon on Friday, Jan. 8—Congress made certain repeal would not happen by giving up the one thing Obama needed.

Read at CNSNews

THE HILL Publishes CCH Freedom Op-Ed

Obamacare is more than the subsidies and exchanges. At stake in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case is whether the entire health care delivery and insurance system will be taken over by the federal government. THE HILL in Washington, D.C. published the op-ed by CCHF president Twila Brase on the Congress Blog: "Nine Obamacare takeover elements at stake in King v. Burwell."

'Biobank' bill threatens genetic privacy

CCHF President, Twila Brase, was published in the Pioneer Press on April 17, 2013 regarding legislation in the Minnesota House and Senate that would grant authority for DNA and personal medical information to be collected, stored and used for research WITHOUT individual consent. It has now been APPROVED by the Senate but still will need to be heard by the House before it can go to the Governor. Protect your Privacy! Sign the NoBiobank petition

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

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:

 

 

The Obamacare Hub

Diagram showing flow of private data and public dollars within the Obamacare IT superstructure. 

Are you Eligible for Obamacare?

Are you eligible for Obamacare? A mind-boggling flow chart for you and every family member from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

CCHF Analyses of Legislation

ACT NOW - Stop Congress From Ending Medical Privacy!

A bill moving quickly in Congress will authorize millions of corporate and government outsiders to have access to private patient records for analysis and research without patient consent. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee will vote the week of May 18, 2015 on the 21st Century Cures Act, authored by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). To protect your privacy and your health freedom and for a list of members to call in Congress, click Read More!

Who Defines “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse”?

This document contains a sample of the various definitions of the terms “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse” from government agencies and health plans. There are more. The lack of a concrete definition in law should give pause as cost containment initiatives increase. Here are a few questions to consider:

15 REASONS: Oppose Obamaʼs Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX)

There are at least 15 reasons to oppose Obama's Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX). A few are:
1) Exchanges are the "federal takeover centers" of Obamacare
2) Exchanges are a national registration and enforcement system for the IRS.
3) Exchanges will cost states $10 million - $100 million per year in operating costs.

eNews Commentary

Bernie Doesn't Understand Health Care

Bernie Sanders proposes Medicare-For-All. His health care proposal includes six new taxing streams, the end of private insurance and employer-sponsored coverage, and $28 trillion in new federal spending.

King Zuckerberg?

Read the strange letter from Facebook’s CEO. Addressed to his newborn daughter Max on December 1, it’s chock full of collectivist thoughts written to the world. Peek inside the mind of the man in control of Facebook with the data of 1.55 billion people at his fingertips. 

Deputizing Doctors

Americans need to see “population health” for what it really is. Last week, a POLITICO panel discussed the term “population health,” which is key to Obamacare’s transformation away from the private practice of medicine -- and into the everyday lives of Americans – starting with Medicare. 

Event Notices

Breaking Free from Obamacare: Reclaiming Health Freedom

Breaking Free from Obamacare:
Reclaiming Health Freedom

CCHF Annual Dinner 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Minneapolis, MN

Summit at the Summit: Let My Doctor Practice

SPECIAL FREE WEBCAST EVENT!

AN EVENT TO RESTORE PHYSICIAN FREEDOM IN PATIENT TREATMENT! 
 
FREE Physician Townhall Webcast July 20-25 To Address EHR, MOC Issues & More

"Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota" Hearing

MN Legislative Alert! 
Please Come!!

What: "Protecting Medical Privacy in Minnesota" Hearing

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

Federal Reform

Residents Each State Could Exempt from Individual Mandate

Federal Exchange Documents

This page provides various letters, documents, and regulations specifically related to the creation of a Federal Exchange, also called a "Federally-Facilitated Exchange" (FFE).

Important Federal Laws

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.

State of Oklahoma vs. Burwell Ruling

The District Court ruling on the legality of issuing Obamacare premium subsidies to federal exchange enrollees finds:

. . “An agency’s rule- making power is not ‘the power to make law,’ it is only the ‘power to adopt regulations to carry into effect the will of Congress as expressed by the statute.’' . . .

The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law . . .

 

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.

Public Comments

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.

CCHF NIH Common Rule Comments Jan 4, 2016

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, a national organization existing to support individual health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy, is actively engaged in protecting the right of citizens to consent or to refuse to consent to the collection, storage, use and sharing of private information for research or other purposes, including biospecimens, and in particular, newborn DNA collected by state government agencies as part of the 50 state government newborn screening programs.

CCHF Comment: “Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions” Proposed Rule

PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMITTED: CCHF opposes the "Substantiaton Requirement for Certain Contributions" Proposed Rule.  The proposed rule threatens the privacy rights of individuals, as well as the constitutional rights of individuals to freedom of speech and freedom of association.  This proposed rule is a step toward the expansion of government and a threat to individual rights and the vitality of the private non-profit sector.

Public Documents

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...

Mehri & Skalet letter on cost of state and federal exchanges May 7, 2014

On May 1, HHS released a report on the number of people enrolling in the Exchanges during the first open enrollment period, which ended March 31, 2014.1 HHS has also published data on the amount that has been spent on establishing Exchanges: both grants HHS has made to states--both to those that have established their own Exchanges and those that have not--and funds HHS has used to establish the federally-run Exchange.

Mehri & Skalet letter on cost of state and federal exchanges May 7, 2014

 

On May 1, HHS released a report on the number of people enrolling in the Exchanges during the first open enrollment period, which ended March 31, 2014.1 HHS has also published data on the amount that has been spent on establishing Exchanges: both grants HHS has made to states--both to those that have established their own Exchanges and those that have not--and funds HHS has used to establish the federally-run Exchange.

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

SF 2047 Testimony by Council for Responsible Genetics

". . . We stand in strong opposition to SF 2047.  We believe this bill is against the interests of parents in making a truly informed choice about whether the state of Minnesota shall permanently retain and use their children's personal genetic information . . . "

Statement of the ACLU of Minnesota In Opposition to HF 2526

The ACLU of Minnesota opposes HF 2526.  This bill represents a dangerous effort to enable unlimited retention and minimize parental consent, allowing newborn blood samples to be used at the whim of the government and researchers, rather than through the consent of the newborn and their family.

Twila Brase Testimony on "Repeal Genetic Privacy" Bill

Newborn screening  is the “largest single application of genetic testing in medicine,” as stated by Dr. Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH, at the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics.  Also, I’d like to draw to your attention the written testimony submitted by the Council for Responsible Genetics,  which opposes this bill saying it’s in opposition to recommendations by national committees and research   studies.

Transcripts

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. 

MN Hearing on Obamacare Exchange Grant - Partial Transcript

Minnesota is one 5 states furthest along in creating the exchange -- the federal takeover centers -- and could be number one, according to Minnesota state Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R) yesterday in a hearing on accepting federal exchange funding. Is Minnesota building the prototype for the nation -- all under Governor Mark Dayton's executive order? And what could that mean? One interesting fact, as pointed out by Gottwalt, is that Maximus, Inc, the exchange contractor, helped set up the single-payer system in two Canadian provinces. This document contains key statements at the hearing regarding Governor Dayton's authority to "go it alone."