For Immediate Release December 12, 2016
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
21 Principles to Restore Health Freedom
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Shares Pressing Health Care Concerns with Nation’s Top Lawmakers
ST. PAUL, Minn.—With a new presidential administration standing firm on its commitment to change the health care landscape in America, the time is ripe for lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has proven unaffordable to many Americans.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a national health freedom and patient advocacy organization, spent part of last week in Washington, D.C., talking with lawmakers about key principles to return simplicity, affordability, health freedom and treatment choices to patients and doctors around the country.
“A little more than a month ago, voters chose Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, and repeal of Obamacare was the first thing on his agenda,” said Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF. “Those who fight for health freedom and patient rights hope that we are not witnessing backsliding, waffling and equivocation on that promise. Some Republicans say they don’t want to rush policies like Obama did when the Democrats took control. But Americans elected President-elect Trump to stand up for them, take the country back to freedom and say ‘no’ to Obamacare.
“Trump can’t repeal Obamacare on his own,” she continued. “Congress must send him a bill without delay. Americans concerned about the state of health care and the promised repeal of a fatally flawed and failing government system should call their members of Congress and remind them that full repeal is critical and should be done quickly.”
Some of the information Brase shared with lawmakers during her time in the nation’s capital included these “21 Principles for Health Freedom:”
- State Powers: Constitutionally, health care is a state issue, not a federal issue
- Cash for Care: Unrestricted freedom to pay—and receive—cash for care
- Ownership: Citizens, regardless of employment, own their own health insurance policies
- Portable: Life-long “take it with you” health insurance
- Medicare Freedom: Citizens opt-out of Medicare without losing Social Security benefits
- True Insurance: Interference-free indemnity insurance, not “managed care” health plans
- Protected: Patient care free from government intrusions and managed care controls
- Conscience: Freedom of conscience for physicians and other practitioners
- No Rationing: Freedom of choice in treatment and insurance decisions
- Options: Freedom to be insured, uninsured or choose alternatives (i.e., health care sharing)
- Affordability: Cash-based pricing and payments for routine and minor care
- Trustworthy: Confidential, conflict-free patient-doctor relationship
- Third-Party Free: Direct payments between patient and doctor / patient and hospital
- Private Contracts: Direct payments between health insurer and enrollee
- Cost-Consciousness: Financial “skin in the game” for all patients and enrollees
- Charity and Charitability: Encouraging gratitude and generosity rather than entitlement
- Privacy Rights: Consent requirements for patient care, medical records and research
- DNA Ownership: Consent requirements for collection, storage, use and dissemination
- Right to Refuse: To receive care, stay hospitalized, share data or be a research subject
- Parent Rights: Government prohibited from imposing controls on child’s care
- Natural Death: Physicians retain the life-sustaining, trusted, ethical role of care/protection
“Besides talking with lawmakers about the principles of health freedom and repeal of Obamacare,” Brase added, “CCHF also gave a presentation to a large group of physicians gathered at the invitation of Congressman Pete Sessions, sharing our initiative to fully transform and simplify health care in America starting with direct payment between patients and doctors. It’s called The Wedge of Health Freedom.”
Once the hundreds of third-party-free doctors practicing today join The Wedge of Health Freedom (www.JointheWedge.com) and are a part of the “Map of Freedom,” patients will be able to easily find them and embark on a journey back to freedom, affordability and simplicity. These Wedge practices, where patients can find affordable, confidential, patient-centered care, are located in 42 states and can be found online.
“The more doctors join The Wedge,” Brase said, “the faster freedom grows and the quicker prices drop.”
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.
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 nearly 800 stations nationwide, including nearly 200 American Family Radio 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. For information on how to add “Health Freedom Minute” to a station lineup, contact Michael Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org, (610) 584-1096 or (215) 519-4838.
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, Politico, 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 the importance of patient privacy and informed consent, the dangers of “evidence-based medicine,” “population health” and “pay for performance” and the implications of state and federal health care reform on patient choice and patient access to care.
For more information or to interview Twila Brase of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096 x104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096 x102.