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March 23, 2016
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Skipping the ACA's Birthday Cake
 
Today is the sixth birthday of Obamacare. I’m not celebrating; I’m strategizing. On March 23, 2010, President Obama used 22 pens (accounts vary) to sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) into law.
 
Thankfully, Obamacare is not settled law. Astronomical premiums and sky-high deductibles have deeply angered the public on every side. Just last week, a woman at a Democrat town hall meeting
asked presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she knew how hard it was for working Americans to finance Obamacare.

 
Trouble is brewing for Obamacare. Only 36.7% Americans favor the law. Thirteen of 24 Obamacare co-ops have failed. One just sued the federal government. Exchange enrollment has stalled. Desperate federal agencies are letting ineligible people enroll to pump up enrollment numbers. Patients are frustrated with “narrow networks.” Republicans refused to give $2.5 billion in bailouts to health insurers that lost money. And some insurers are exiting the exchanges.
 
But three groups are celebrating today. The first group is the government bureaucrats who are more secure than ever in their jobs – and very quietly using the care-delivery and experimentation sections of Obamacare to implement health care rationing (see tweet below).

 
The second happy group consists of enrollees in expanded Medicaid or those getting Obamacare premium subsidies and cost-sharing subsidies. These Americans are happy because their premiums and health care bills are being paid by their neighbors through statutory extortion.
 
Their neighbors, hit hard by this redistribution of wealth, struggle to pay their own premiums, put food on the table, put gas in their cars, enjoy a night out, pay their mortgage and fund their child’s education.

 
Stories of angst abound. One angry woman used our online “Share Obamacare Story” button to vent, saying Obamacare is “ZEROCARE” because her annual premium went from around $2,200 with subsidies to nearly $11,000 without subsidies.  Then there’s the insurance agent who called us and said he’s had grown men and women crying in his office.
 
Where are American health care dollars going? Into the pockets of the third group of happy people: the corporate executives who run managed care plans - the high-cost, high-deductible, low-care policies Obamacare forces everyone to buy (unless you pay the tax or you claim one of nine exemptions).
 
Party conventions are coming, and November 8th is near.

 
Who will work from Day One to make sure Obamacare never reaches its 7th birthday?

Strategizing for freedom’s cause,


 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder


P.S. Today, while our Matt Flanders is testifying at the Minnesota legislature to restore patient consent rights, I'm in Philadelphia where I was just interviewed by the local NBC television station (WCAU-TV). This interview airs this Sunday and can be viewed online. Please give today to help us cover the costs of this important trip - and our legislative work. Your generous gift will support these important efforts for your freedom!
Twila Brase, RN, PHN 
President & Co-founder
Citizens' Council
for Health Freedom


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Stat of the Week
 
Only 13 million the number of exchange enrollees the Congressional Budget Office now expects by 2026 (ten years from now), instead of the 21 million they once predicted. (CBO “Budget and Economic Outlook 2016 to 2026”)
News to Know


The Future of Health Tracking

Health ‘apps’ are becoming increasingly common on smartphones. The authors of a study on diabetes ‘apps’ wrote, “This study demonstrated that diabetes apps shared information with third parties, posing privacy risks because there are no federal legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties.” Devices are being incorporated into some medications in addition to wearable or implanted devices that collect and transmit data. NYU ethicist Arthur Caplan asks the question: “Which parties get to watch?”



Death Discussions and Health Care Rationing

A new policy authorizes Medicare payments to physicians who perform “end-of-life” discussions with patients. This policy will unlikely lead to health care rationing and manipulation of some patients. According to the article, one doctor regrets not having the conversation and “the patient may have needlessly suffered and cost the health system tens of thousands of extra dollars.” Michael Guarino, executive director of an organization of 800 physicians, has decided his group will perform end-of-life discussions with all their adult patients.



The Feds are Limiting Your Medication

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new rules that further limit prescription opioids (pain meds.) Once again, the feds are granting themselves access to and oversight of your ‘private’ patient-doctor relationship. In regards to a man suffering from a painful but inoperable condition, the primary physician said, “a one-size-fits-all prescription algorithm just doesn’t fit him, but I have to comply.” Another patient had her prescription pain-killers reduced and was instead given more anti-depressants.



Obama SCOTUS Nominee Supports Federal Agencies

Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland, has a long history of supporting federal agencies and departments, including a ruling to force a pro-life group to pay for abortion-causing drugs. Prominent legal expert Tom Goldstein wrote, “In a dozen close cases in which the court divided, he sided with the agency every time. In response, Garland stated, “Don’t we have to defer to their judgment? We’re not scientists. They are.” According to the article, “public health agencies will likely be pleased,” by the nomination.



Hospital Exec. Cites Pending EHR Catastrophe and Quits

A New York hospital executive quit, comparing the new, $764 million electronic health records (EHR) system to the catastrophic Challenger rocket launch. In his resignation email, Dr. Perry pleaded with his colleagues to stop the new system from being implemented next month. One colleagues remarked, “He wasn’t going to take part in something that was going to compromise patient safety.” But Karen Hinton, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s spokeswoman said, “The idea that we’d jeopardize patients to meet a deadline is simply wrong.

 

"News to Know" is written
with the assistance of Matt Flanders,
CCHF Legislative Specialist.
CCHF in the News
 
 
CCHF's president and co-founder was interviewed this week on the radio program "Bill Martinez Live" to communicate why Americans should oppose REAL ID. Click here to listen to this interview segment (begins at 32:12 mark).
Health Freedom Minute

Obamacare I vs Obamacare II

Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Most people know about the lawʼs exchanges, subsidies, the skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. I call that Obamacare I. But the really scary part of the law is the part you donʼt see -- Obamacare II.
 
Obamacare II alters the power structure of health care by mandating managed-care-for-all. Your health plan is an empowered third party between you and your doctor. You might call it corporate socialized medicine.
 
I was at a hospital recently and overheard a nurse tell a patient that her doctor could not override her health planʼs treatment decisions. Obamacare is quietly taking treatment decisions out of your doctorʼs hands. Letʼs repeal the law.

 
Click here to read the text of this featured "Health Freedom Minute" radio spot.
 

Click here to access the radio archives of "Health Freedom Minute."
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