The Many Faces of Obamacare
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: If Congress and Americans Knew True Nature of Affordable Care Act, a Repeal Vote Would Be Easy
PAUL, Minn.—Congress is still squabbling about the debacle of Obamacare “repeal and replace” efforts, with yet another vote delayed.
If lawmakers truly knew how detrimental the Affordable Care Act is for the American people, a repeal vote would be easy, says Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), which all along has called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the costly taxes, penalties and regulations that come with it.
CCHF has created a new document outlining the breakdown of the little-known ACA I, II and III.
“Many Americans, including members of Congress representing the people, know only a few details about the entire Affordable Care Act, and fail to realize the immense and urgent need for repeal,” said CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase. “We split the ACA into three parts. Most Americans know parts of some elements of the law and little of others. Part I is Obamacare coverage through enrollment in state exchanges or the federal exchange for individuals, families and small businesses. Americans know about this, but don’t realize that people applying for coverage, subsidized or not, are applying to the federal government. It’s not private insurance.
“Most Americans,” Brase continued, “have heard about ACA Part II: higher premiums, deductibles and costs; narrow networks, mandates, exemptions, subsidies and penalties; the federal Healthcare.gov exchange and state exchanges; mandatory reporting to the IRS; guaranteed issue of insurance for people with uninsurable conditions—which is actually the end of health insurance—and expanded Medicaid in 31 states.”
But beyond ACA I and II, CCHF says Part III involves a medical takeover and relatively unknown elements of an insurance takeover, as well as ways to fund and enforce these takeovers.
That insurance takeover, CCHF reports, involves, among other things:
- 700 pages of the 2,700-page bill empowering the IRS
- Federal control of all state exchanges
- The banning of affordable catastrophic insurance
- Minimum loss ratios and actuarial value requirements that increase premiums
- Government-mandated “essential health benefits” that increase premiums
- Intrusive employer and Medicare “wellness” programs
- Administrative and judicial review prohibited in 14 places
The ACA medical takeover involves:
- Hospitals bearing financial risk, and thereby, becoming “insurers”
- Electronic Health Record (EHR) requirements and mandatory reporting of private patient data
- Medical and dental surveillance systems
- Payments to doctors and hospitals based on “value,” “performance” and “quality” as defined by the government
- Prioritization of prevention and population health, rather than patient care
- Medicare “Innovation Center,” which conducts experiments on senior citizens
- Penalties for hospitals that readmit patients even if the patient needs readmission
- $500 billion cut to Medicare program
CCHF is aiming to restore health freedom, for both patients and doctors, through the innovative initiative The Wedge of Health Freedom (www.JointheWedge.com), which recently marked one year in existence. Today, more than 200 medical practices in 44 states around the country have joined The Wedge, which is using third-party-free direct payment to transform the entire health care system back to freedom and restore simplicity, affordability and confidentiality.
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 Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.