ST. PAUL, Minn.—The news is not good for Obamacare. Last week alone, headlines are extremely negative for the doomed and struggling government health care system. Here’s just a sampling:
- Highmark Seeking to Boost Obamacare Rates in PA By 48.1% According to the Washington Free Beacon and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the insurer has already lost $812 million in 2014 and 2015 and expects another $500 million in losses by July. The nearly 50 percent hike is the highest sought among health insurers in the state.
- Ohio Co-Op Shutting Down Due to Finances TheHill.com is reporting that InHealth Mutual, a nonprofit health insurer in Ohio set up under Obamacare, is going out of business. It’s just the latest in a string of failures for “co-op” health plans. The 22,000 enrollees under the plan will have to find other coverage in the next 60 days.
- The Unlawful Funding of Obamacare And from LifeZette.com, Obamacare numbers are staggering, and taxpayers are footing the bill. A new investigation has turned up more evidence that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service unlawfully diverted $3.5 billion from taxpayers to the Affordable Care Act exchange insurers. Therefore, taxpayers are taking the financial hit so more exchanges can stay on the plan.
For more than six years since the ill-fated Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF,www.cchfreedom.org) has been educating Americans about the pitfalls of government health care, which include privacy intrusions, higher costs, compromised care and negative effects on the doctor-patient relationship.
“For six years, everyone from lawmakers and presidential candidates to economists and health care experts has had a plan to repeal or replace Obamacare,” said Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF. “Patients need—and deserve—something brand new, a health care system where they will be free from high prices, one-size-fits-all treatments, narrow networks, intrusive questionnaires, data-sharing without consent, an impersonal bureaucratic process, long waits for short visits, and managed care controls.
“We must work to set doctors and patients free,” Brase continued, “through a system that is patient-friendly, privacy-friendly and pocketbook-friendly. We need to make a 180-degree turn from the current system and point ourselves toward a new way of doing health care where all patients are welcome—one that is built on the foundations of transparent and affordable pricing, true patient privacy, freedom of choice, no outside interference, and protected doctor-patient relationships. A system founded on these bedrocks is not only possible, it’s within reach.”
CCHF, a national patient-centered health freedom organization existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, focuses on critical health care issues such as Obamacare, REAL ID, compromised baby DNA and the danger of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).