Refuse to Enroll


 

***NEWS RELEASE***

 

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2015

 

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 104,Media@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

Refuse to Enroll
Obamacare: Where the Odds Are Never In Your Favor 

 

As Open Enrollment is Underway, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says the Affordable Care Act is Anything But Affordable
 

ST. PAUL, Minn.—For more than five years, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) has been urging Americans to “refuse to enroll” in Obamacare.

That commitment has not wavered, especially as open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage began again on Nov. 1. And as Americans may be “shopping” for health care, Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF, a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, says the downfalls and risks of enrolling in a faulty government health care system outweigh the benefits.

“There are numerous things Americans must be aware of before they enroll in Obamacare coverage this month, or assume that they will automatically be reenrolled,” Brase said. “Besides the higher costs and compromised care, patients’ private medical data is shared, stored and used by other government agencies—without patient consent.”

Brase added that there are several key facts Americans should know about Obamacare:

  • For those already enrolled, do not assume that previous coverage, subsidies or premiums will remain the same for 2016, especially if family status or employment has changed. In fact, if enrollees receive subsidies they are no longer eligible for, the IRS can demand the funds back—a “clawback.”
  • Signing up for Obamacare gives enrollees government coverage often in a narrow network, not private coverage, and they will technically be “covered” but not necessarily “cared for.”
  • All Americans should be prepared to pay higher premiums in 2016 and beyond, thanks to Obamacare.
  • A hospital might be in a network covered by their Obamacare coverage, but the doctor they see at that hospital might be out-of-network, meaning higher out-of-pocket costs.
  • Many have assumptions about the coverage under Obamacare, but will be unpleasantly surprised by unforeseen gaps and restrictions that they don’t realize exist.  
  • Patient privacy is vastly compromised under Obamacare, as private personal and financial information is shared through a huge federal hub, accessible by millions.

Where the Odds Are Never In Your Favor

Last spring, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom launched a billboard campaign in five major markets across the U.S., in Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Nashville and Orlando. The giant orange, burgundy, yellow and black “Hunger Games”-themed signs sent the message of “Obamacare Games—Where the Odds are Never in Your Favor,” encouraging all to refuse to enroll in Obamacare.

Now, with the release of the final film in the “Hunger Games” franchise just around the corner, the billboards with this clever message can live on through social media, as they did during 2015 open enrollment. CCHF is encouraging citizens to share the billboards on social media by visiting CCHF’s Refuse to Enroll billboard campaign page, Online, visitors can also sign a pledge stating that they are opting out of Obamacare.

Brase says there are three legal ways to avoid signing up for government-run health care coverage altogether, which puts Americans’ private medical data at risk, compromises care, ties the hands of medical professionals and takes more money out of Americans’ pockets.

  1. Buy private insurance outside of the government exchanges, such as a private policy, employer-sponsored coverage or a private insurance exchange.
  2. Pay the penalty tax for being without coverage in 2016—2.5% of net income or $695, whichever is greater.
  3. Claim one of the 9 Obamacare exemptions, or one of the 14 hardship waivers.

Brase addresses the most pressing health care topics during CCHF’s daily, 60-second Health Freedom Minute radio feature. Heard on approximately 350 stations nationwide, including 200 on the American Family Radio Network and 100 on the Bott Radio Network, Health Freedom Minute helps listeners learn more about the agenda behind health care initiatives, as well as steps they can take to protect their health care choices, rights and privacy. 

Recent Health Freedom Minute topics have included health care sharing, the new ICD-10 medical coding system, patient profiling, hospital fraud, medical data privacy, patient outcomes and socialized medicine. The one-minute program is free for stations to run; for details, contact Michael Hamilton at mhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com or (610) 584-1096 or (215) 519-4838.

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, a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., exists to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. 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.
 

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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, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.

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