SOURCE: Citizens' Council for Health Freedom

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom

July 09, 2012 05:00 ET

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom Continues Push to Have States Forego Health Exchange Implementation

ST. PAUL, MN--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) -

Key Facts:

  • State healthcare exchanges are website portals that feed into the national exchange and allow the IRS, DHS, HHS, DoJ and SSA to access private data.
  • The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) continues to urge states to refuse implementation of health insurance exchanges to prohibit the implementation of the PPACA.

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mainly constitutional, implementation of state health exchanges is occurring. But implementation creates new and lasting challenges, adding $340 billion to the nation's deficit and creating $17 trillion in long-term, unfunded liabilities that will burden the already floundering economy and intrudes on patient privacy.

"Many Americans do not recognize the governmental overreach of power that implementation of the state and national healthcare exchanges creates," said Twila Brase, President of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCFH). "But once these portals are implemented, they will be very hard to dismantle, and the access they allow to individual data is disturbing. These portals provide five major government agencies access to personal information. They are not the one-stop-shopping 'marketplaces' that they have been described to be."

Many Americans don't understand the flow of information allowed through the state healthcare exchanges. According to the CCHF, the exchange is a web portal that enables data transfers, financial transactions, and bureaucratic functions for the purpose of implementing the federal controls of the PPACA.

Brase continues to urge state legislators to refuse to implement these exchanges in their states and prevent the exchange system from moving forward.

"I've spoken to a number of legislators in the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision," Brase concluded. "Many agree that the states are the only barrier to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They must refuse to implement state exchanges to protect their fiscal health and the privacy and choices of all citizens."

Twila Brase is president and co-founder of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. She has been called one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Health Care" and one of "Minnesota's 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders." The CCHF's efforts have stopped government-issued treatment directives, added informed consent requirements for access to patient data and defeated a proposed Health Insurance Exchange.

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