5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for Health Care Legislation That Will Advance Patient and Doctor Freedom

 

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2017


5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for Health Care Legislation That

Will Advance Patient and Doctor Freedom

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom’s Twila Brase Suggests Three Action Steps; Writes Letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The jury is still out on when exactly the U.S. Senate will commit to passing any sort of health care reform, whether repeal or replace. Some have said that resolving the issue in 2017 is unrealistic, while others are pushing for action before the summer break.

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national patient- centered health freedom organization existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, has long called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase says that opening up the health care market again is key to health care reform—for patients and doctors.

“If Republicans refuse to actually and directly repeal the law, there are several actions they can take to indirectly move in the right direction,” Brase said. “First, repeal every Obamacare tax. Defunding the law disempowers it, leading to a ‘functional’ repeal. Second, President Trump and the Senate must say ‘no’ to funding the cost-sharing reduction subsidies. This bailout for insurers would keep the law they pledged to repeal from collapsing.

“Third,” she continued, “President Trump could use an executive order to call on HHS Secretary Tom Price to specifically restore catastrophic coverage for all Americans, even though it’s currently prohibited by law, and authorize affordable insurance policies that meet the specific needs of those who purchase them rather than the rich set of benefits mandated by the federal government. These three actions would go a long way toward restoring affordability and health freedom in America.”

Brase added that Price, under his authority, can issue a regulation that authorizes states to open up their markets to customized major medical non-managed care policies. Trump, in turn, can call this his “Obamacare replacement.”

“Democrats were passionate about pushing their agenda in the 2010 passage of Obamacare,” Brase said, “but Republicans aren’t doing the same. Even though Republicans amended Obamacare in the American Health Care Act, it’s not clear how keeping the law mostly intact is a winning strategy.”

Brase has also written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding the “repeal and replace” Obamacare bill, stating that CCHF’s strong preference is for legislation that advances patient and doctor freedom, rather than a bill that maintains Obamacare’s federal control of health care.

“CCHF supports full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and believes it is possible if the House and Senate would actually put it to a vote, regardless of what any ‘whip count’ may say,” Brase wrote to McConnell. “That said, if you do not plan to call the U.S. Senate to an up and down vote on Obamacare, we ask you to do the next best thing: help patients, doctors and real insurance companies break out of Obamacare constraints. To move all citizens, patients and doctors toward freedom and away from socialized medicine, please focus on CARE (the one and only reason for doctors/hospitals) not coverage. Thus, we request consideration of the following as you finalize your bill.”

Brase then offers McConnell “5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts” in the letter. DO:

  1. DO jumpstart REAL insurance

  2. DO allow tax exemptions/charity

  3. DO fund high-risk pools to solve the pre-existing condition problem

  4. DO offer lifelong private insurance

  5. DO repeal, repeal, repeal

DON’T:

  1. DON’T fund state reinsurance grants

  2. DON’T require auto-enrollment

  3. DON’T continue or extend cost-sharing reduction subsidies

  4. DON’T jeopardize health sharing organizations

  5. DON’T expand managed care control

“We understand that you are hoping to vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare before the July 4th recess,” Brase concluded in the letter. “As I noted above, our organization supports full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a return to the 10th Amendment principles of federalism, which the ACA has violated for more than seven years.”

Read the full letter to McConnell here.

CCHF also signed on to a letter to Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), along with 46 other free market groups and activist organizations, stating that the U.S. Senate should accelerate or maintain the tax relief in the House-passed American Health Care Act. page2image21168 page2image21328 page2image21488

According to Americans for Tax Reform, “Recent media reports suggest the Senate may delay or eliminate repeal of some of these Obamacare taxes. As the coalition notes (in the letter), this would be a mistake: ‘True repeal of Obamacare means repealing the Obamacare taxes and the Senate should resist the urge to deprive taxpayers of relief in order to pay for higher spending.’”

Read the complete Hatch letter here.

CCHF’s initiative, The Wedge of Health Freedom (www.JointheWedge.com), is using third- party-free direct payment to transform the entire health care system back to freedom and restore simplicity, affordability and confidentiality. Nearly 200 Wedge practices, where patients can find affordable, patient-centered care, are located in 44 states and listed online.

For more information about CCHF, visit www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. Also view the media page for CCHF here. For more about The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit www.JointheWedge.com, The Wedge Facebookpage or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.

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