Senate Votes to Repeal Parts of Obamacare
But Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says a Complete Victory Would be Full Repeal of Entire Affordable Care Act
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Late last evening, the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the Republican-backed bill, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), which repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act and cuts millions of dollars from the Planned Parenthood budget, according to the Associated Press.
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, http://www.cchfreedom.org), a patient-centered national health freedom organization based in St. Paul, Minn., existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights, says the passage of the bill is a win but a bigger victory would be a full repeal of the law. The budget reconciliation bill zeros out the individual mandate and employer mandate and repeals the medical device tax, “Cadillac tax,” Medicaid expansion, premium subsidies, a prevention and public health fund, and bailouts for insurers.
“The nine-page reconciliation bill is a serious strike against the financial infrastructure of the Affordable Care Act,” said Twila Brase, president and co-founder of CCHF. “However, it does not repeal a majority of the 2,700-page law. If the House accepts and President Obama signs the bill, it would begin to unravel the destructive coverage provisions of the law—the parts of the law that the public is acutely aware of, but not the hidden parts of the law that are causing extensive damage to personal control over health care decisions and the trusted and confidential patient-doctor relationship.
“Enactment of the reconciliation bill would be insufficient to immediately curb the damage taking place in the actual delivery of patient care, such as by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation pilot projects, ACOs and value-based purchasing,” she continued. “To protect patients from outsider-imposed limits on their access to medical care, the entire law must be repealed, something that could become more difficult if the President actually signs this budget reconciliation bill into law.”
See the budget reconciliation amendment here on CCHF’s web site.
Earlier in the day yesterday, the Senate also passed the amendment to repeal the Obamacare “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans, according to TheHill.com.
“Democrats and Republicans agreed that the Cadillac tax is a bad idea and should be repealed,” Brase said. “But the biggest issue is the entire Affordable Care Act, which is an affront to the pocketbooks, privacy and freedom of every American and needs to be repealed. Republicans should not accept a repeal of the Cadillac tax in any form or through any other bill without the repeal of Obamacare. Yesterday’s bipartisan Senate vote to repeal the 40 percent tax demonstrates that repeal of the Cadillac tax is a powerful lever that Republicans can use to persuade Democrats to repeal the entire law. The GOP should not relinquish this power until Democrats agree to repeal the law.”
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 approximately 350 stations nationwide, including 200 on the American Family Radio Network 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.
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, 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 intrusive wellness and prevention initiatives in Obamacare, patient privacy, informed consent, the dangers of “evidence-based medicine” and the implications of state and federal health care reform.