The Big Reveal

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2016
 
CONTACT:
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
 
The Big Reveal
 
The Unraveling of the ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act
 
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says the Pullout of Big
Insurance Companies Plus the Impending Announcement of
Double-Digit Premium Increases Mark the Beginning of the End
                                                     
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health plan companies left and right are seriously questioning their involvement in Obamacare or dropping out altogether. And these are heavy hitters—UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Aetna and some Blue Cross Blue Shield companies. Cooperatives established under the law are collapsing as well. Just seven of the 23 remain.
 
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org) points to these occurrences as the beginning of the end—the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act. President Obama’s legacy act is in deep trouble, says Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF.
 
“These departures are the ‘tremors’ before the earthquake,” Brase adds, “the total implosion of Obamacare. Now it’s time to repeal the law and head back to health freedom.”
 
Brase went on to say that insurance companies will issue double-digit premium increases this fall, on or around Nov. 1, when Obamacare enrollment begins again. And of special note—premium increases and open enrollment will come just a week before the election.
 
“The impending expiration of two of the federal ‘3R’ subsidy programs that were instituted to shield health plans from the high cost of adding uninsured people with pre-existing conditions—reinsurance and risk corridors—is one reason premiums will skyrocket,” Brase says. “Some politicians want to establish a national government insurance company—the public option—and some insurers suggest Congress create permanent federal subsidies to keep them in the game, but isn’t it time we go back to the affordability of freedom and free markets?”
 
This is where CCHF’s new initiative, The Wedge of Health Freedom (www.JointheWedge.com), comes in.
 
The Wedge restores affordability and patient-centered care and is a new way of doing health care that puts patients and doctors in control and makes affordable pricing available to the insured, the uninsured and the subsidized.
 
“Wedge-like practices are already operating nationwide but many Americans don’t know about them,” Brase said. “So CCHF is branding this affordable option as The Wedge of Health Freedom to draw the public’s attention to the patient-centered, freedom-embracing slice of American health care that is mostly invisible to the public today. We aim to make The Wedge visible, protect it and grow it. The Wedge, focused on the delivery of care, will let patients and doctors come together in an affordable, confidential relationship that benefits both of them.”
 
This summer, CCHF met with members of Congress and their staff about The Wedge. One congressional staffer told the organization that The Wedge is “revolutionary,” while another called it “deceptively simple.”
 
The online center for The Wedge, www.JointheWedge.com, allows doctors to join The Wedge, provides doctors with resources for escaping into The Wedge, and later this month will give patients information on how to find these practices that incorporate the eight Wedge principles: transparent and affordable pricing, freedom of choice, true patient privacy, no government reporting, no outside interference, cash-based pricing, a protected patient-doctor relationship and all patients welcome.
CCHF is a national patient-centered health freedom organization existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. For more information about CCHF, visit its web site at www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. For more about The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit www.JointheWedge.com, The Wedge Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.

 

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