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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2015

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com


Up, Up and Away


Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says Rapidly Rising Premiums Are Just One Consequence of a Fatally Flawed Government Health Care System


ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health insurers are looking ahead to 2016 and don’t like what they see. And they can thank Obamacare for the rising costs they’ll be forced to pass on to their patients.

In fact, according to FOX News, more than a dozen insurers have requested hefty premium increases for 2016. According to the report, “insurers have cited higher-than-expected care costs from customers they gained under the Obamacare’s coverage expansion and the rising cost of prescription drugs and other expenses as reasons for proposing the increases, many of which are in the double-digit percentages.”

Twila Brase, president and co-founder of 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, says hiked health care premiums are just one consequence of a fatally flawed government health care system that isn’t “affordable” at all.

Brase has addressed rising premiums and how they affect patients in her Health Freedom eNews, where she reported that many insurance companies recently released anticipated premiums for 2016, and the increases will be dramatic. In Maryland, for example, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield raised exchange premiums an average of 30 percent. And in Brase’s home state of Minnesota, the state government has reported that premiums are up 74 percent.

“The steep rise in premiums stems from Obamacare requirements, makes coverage less affordable, threatens to increase the uninsured rate and encourages public sentiment toward socialized medicine,” Brase said. “We’ve also found that about one-quarter of insured adults decided not to seek certain medical care last year because they couldn’t afford it, namely due to sky-high deductibles. Costs are rising out of control because the Affordable Care Act has banned pre-existing condition exclusions, mandated minimum loss ratio requirements and more. Higher deductibles are certainly one way to reduce insurance premiums.”

Brase added that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (which was allowed by regulators to impose a 13.5 percent increase this year) is seeking a roughly 26 percent premium increase, while plans in Illinois and Florida, among other states, are asking for hikes of 20 percent or more. In Pennsylvania, Highmark Health Insurance Co. is asking for a 30 percent increase.

The rate increase requests, made public by the White House last week, come just as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on King v. Burwell, which, if the plaintiffs are victorious, could unravel Obamacare for good and return health freedom to millions of Americans.

The landmark case is considering whether it’s lawful for federal subsidies for health care coverage to be directed to enrollees who live in states where no exchange was established, in direct violation of the wording of the Affordable Care Act.

For more information about CCHF, visit its web site at www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cchfreedom or its Twitter feed, @CCHFreedom.

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., that exists to protect health care choices and patient privacy.​​ CCHF sponsors the daily, 60-second radio feature, Health Freedom Minute, which airs on approximately 350 stations nationwide, including 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network. Listeners can learn more about the agenda behind health care initiatives and​ steps they can take to protect their health care choices, rights and privacy. 

CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase, R.N., has been called one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” and one of “Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders.” A public health nurse, Brase has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, Minnesota Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today Show, NPR, New York Public Radio, the Associated Press, Modern Healthcare, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times, among others. She is at the forefront of informing the public of crucial health issues, such as intrusive wellness and prevention initiatives in Obamacare, patient privacy, informed consent, the dangers of “evidence-based medicine” and the implications of state and federal health care reform.


For more information or to interview Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096,Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.

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