REAL ID – An Unconstitutional Encroachment of States’ Rights


For Immediate Release
May 9, 2016

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 104,
REAL ID ­– An Unconstitutional Encroachment of States’ Rights

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says the Push for a National ID Not Only Strips States of Their Constitutional Rights, But Also Poses Major Privacy Issues for Americans
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Problems and privacy concerns abound with Homeland Security’s most recent push for REAL ID, but one major issue, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF,, which is currently fighting the issue in Minnesota, is big government’s blatant encroachment of states’ rights.
“The crux of REAL ID, besides the federal control issues it presents for millions of Americans,” said Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF, “is the unconstitutionality and encroachment of big government on the states. REAL ID isn’t about convenience or accessing better health care or any of the half-truths its proponents are telling. Rather, it’s about the federal control of the states and the power over individual movement and choices that the federal government wants to steal and maintain.”
CCHF, a national patient-centered health freedom organization existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, is staunchly opposed to REAL ID, a national federal identification card and driver’s license that patient advocates say could turn into a National Patient ID. And the government is using empty threats to frighten people into advocating for this system of control.
Only the eight states that have laws on the books prohibiting REAL ID and the states refusing to comply are actually protecting their residents, Brase adds. REAL ID allows for the commandeering of states by the federal government. For example, although the states would issue drivers’ licenses, these licenses would have to comply with 100 federal REAL ID requirements. The public would wrongly believe they are getting a state driver’s license when they are really getting a federal one.
CCHF shares “17 Facts About REAL ID” on its website, which include:
1.    REAL ID is not mandatory. It’s a “voluntary program for the states.”
2.    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed an ID is not required to fly because individuals can subject themselves to additional security screening instead.
3.    TSA acknowledges Americans can still fly without a REAL ID. TSA has other ways to confirm identity and acknowledges at least 15 valid IDs for confirming identity to fly.
4.    “Storing personal information in a uniform and standardized manner, such as the information on individuals possessing REAL ID credentials, poses a significant security risk given the value of this collection of information.”—Homeland Security Privacy Office
“Besides the blatant violation of states’ rights, the federal government would take control of all Americans’ identification documents and, under the REAL ID Act, could require REAL ID to be used for all sorts of purposes beyond access to federal buildings and commercial flights without further authority from Congress,” Brase said. “Imagine the federal government requiring the REAL ID card for renting a car, going through a toll booth, buying wine and beer and guns, and so much more, including access to medical care. It could become the National Patient ID that was stopped in 1999 by prohibiting any funding for its development, but is still law. Furthermore, data for REAL ID will be held in the federal data verification ‘hub.’”
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 400 stations nationwide, including nearly 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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