A Better Way… Really!

July 13, 2016

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We’ll soon know the GOP nominee for president.
But until then, there is much to say this week, so let’s get to it:
First, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton. She clapped and nodded again and again when he discussed health care, but lacked enthusiasm. Perhaps her passions have moved on.
Second, President Obama “wrote” a propaganda piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He credits seven people “employed by the Executive Office of the President” with the literary effort. So, is he really the author?
Obama says he’s proud of “the progress that has been made toward a more affordable, high-quality, and accessible health care system.” Note, he claims progress, not success. And where is that $2,500 less in family insurance premiums he promised? Hmm. Seems the executive-office staffers forgot to mention that.
Third, two business writers oppose market mechanisms for medicine. Michael Porter and Robert Kaplan say fee-for-service—the way you pay for houses, cars, tickets and groceries—is “the single biggest obstacle to improving health care delivery.” They prefer payments based on “efficiency” and “quality” (terms defined by government/insurers) and provided as lump-sum “bundled payments,” which encourage rationing by transferring the financial risk of your care from your insurer to  your doctor.
When your life is at stake, should your doctor be acting as your insurer? Maybe these business folks can’t imagine restoring health freedom—and the affordability, personal touch and privacy that come with it.
We can.  
CCHF has introduced The Wedge of Health Freedom.
In meeting after meeting in Washington, D.C., we heard comments from congressional staffers like: “revolutionary,” “refreshing,” “deceptively simple,” and “wonderful.” One staffer said, “I love it! My boss will love it!”
We need you to help us build it nationwide. Can you donate today?
In The Wedge, payment is cash, check or charge and doctors are free from third-party interference. Patients are fully cost-conscious. We envision three separate contractual relationships between patients and their doctors, hospitals and insurers. We envision a transition (as doctors refuse to sign insurance contracts or participate in Medicare and Medicaid) to non-intrusive, affordable, true health insurance. Government reporting requirements, the EHR mandate, and hundreds of thousands of Obamacare and Medicare rules (see the latest below)—and all the costs and intrusions they add to every patient encounter—don’t apply.
The Wedge puts patients and doctors back together again for patient-friendly, pocketbook-friendly and privacy-friendly care. It’s the way patient care was provided before managed care and government intruded, and the only ethical and caring way it should be done!
Restoring health freedom together,
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
P.S. Your donation to CCHF today to help us build “The Wedge” would be greatly appreciated! Click to donate! If you give a donation of any amount within this week, we’ll send you a circular “Join the Wedge” brochure as well as an invitation to give to your doctor.