‘There’s Nothing Free About Medicare-For-All’

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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2016

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

 

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom:

‘There’s Nothing Free About Medicare-For-All’

 Bernie Sanders’ Numbers for a Medicare-For-All, Single-Payer

Proposal Debated Last Night in Wisconsin 

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton sparred last night at the debate at the University of Wisconsin over Sanders’ proposed “Medicare-for-all, single-payer proposal” that would supposedly “save the average middle-class family $5,000 a year.”

Clinton questioned his numbers, and so did the Associated Press.

Twila Brase, president and co-founder of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), 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, issued the following statement today regarding Sanders’ health care plan.

“Bernie Sanders’ promise that middle-class families will save $5,000 a year under a single-payer system is as wrong as Barack Obama’s promise that Obamacare would save families $2,500 in his first term,” she said. “If Americans are surprised by the high cost of health insurance under the so-called Affordable Care Act, the high cost of coverage—and reduced access to care—under Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all, single-payer system would be shocking.

“According to the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the unfunded hole left in the federal budget for the first ten years of the Sanders’ Medicare-for-all proposal would be $3 trillion, about $1 trillion more than the cost of Obamacare, a law which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will leave 30 million people uninsured when fully implemented,” Brase continued. “But the unfunded hole could be much larger. If the $11 trillion estimate by Emory University economist Kenneth Thorpe is correct, the unfunded hole left in the federal budget for the first 10 years of the Sanders’ single-payer system would be more than five times as much as the entire 10-year cost of Obamacare. And that’s after the Bernie Sanders’ plan has increased taxes significantly to pay for it.

“The resulting impact of single-payer on access to care would be as shocking as the cost,” she added. “Medicare is already beginning experiments in health care rationing through the Obamacare-established Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Patient deaths reported in Canada and England, the long waits for care, the reduced availability of equipment, treatments, physicians and medication would all become dangerous realities in the United States if Medicare-for-all was enacted. Ask Laura Hillier, the 18-year-old Canadian who died last month waiting for a hospital bed to get her bone marrow transplant.

“We all like getting things for free, but there’s nothing free about Medicare-for-all. It would come at a high cost in dollars, lives and freedom.”

Brase educates Americans about health care freedom and patient privacy rights during CCHF’s daily, 60-second Health Freedom Minute radio feature. Heard on 367 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. 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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