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Grrrr!!!!! Anyway, thank you for sharing, even if it is to advise of yet ANOTHER trampling of freedom.

Nina

Our other booth at the New Living Expo featured the California Citizens for Health Freedom.

California Citizens for Health Freedom
Our Freedom Cancer Bill Our goal in the 2013 – 2014 legislative cycle is to pass ...citizenshealth.org

Same acronym, different group. Citizens Council for Health Freedom is in Minneapolis. I see a coalition opportunity.

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Grrrr!!!!! Anyway, thank you for sharing, even if it is to advise of yet ANOTHER trampling of freedom.

Nina

Subject: CCHF WEEKLY ENEWS: Big Brother Prescription Tracking System
proposed - Exchange Targets Employees - Congress wants Exemption to
Obamacare - SC passes Obamacare resistance bill - Baby ripped from
Mother's arms - Bipartisan call for religious exemptions from Obamacare -
Know the Medicare ACO
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Commentary by Twila Brase, CCHF President News to Know Quote of the
Week Stat of the Week News Release of the Week Featured Health
Freedom Minute

"Big Brother" Prescription Tracking System Proposed

Tracking is a favorite federal activity. Two bills in Congress would
create prescription-tracking systems, ostensibly to identify and locate
counterfeit drugs: a bipartisan 85-page House bill and a bipartisan
107-page Senate bill.

The Senate bill would track every unit of every medication. Bloomberg's
BNA report calls it a "National Drug Track-and-Trace System." Every
transaction, every change in ownership would have to be reported to the
electronic federal tracking system.

According to its authors, the Senate bill would replace a "patchwork of
state

product tracing laws with a strong, uniform standard that would

ultimately result in electronic, interoperable unit level product tracing
for the entire country." In this one statement, the authors state their
intention to quash state laws, require state compliance with a federal
standard, and initiate a national surveillance system for all medication
- and the patients that take them.

This doesn't sound like the bell of freedom ringing. The U.S.
Constitution has strict limits on federal laws to prevent laws like the
one proposed. The Tenth Amendment specifies, "The powers not delegated to
the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the
States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Too often, members of Congress dismiss the Tenth Amendment as though the
Founders made a mistake or didn't really mean it. Considering all the
bills they pass to preempt state law, they

may think state legislatures

are obstructive and state government is in place simply to impose federal
laws.

Real-time 24/7 government tracking is their goal. The FDA says they need
"to be able to find drugs wherever they are in the supply chain." But
Timothy Davis , a pharmacist, provided written testimony saying he
believes the drug supply "is largely safe and secure." He said pharmacists
are concerned about "any system that would require each individual unit of
medication to be electronically scanned upon arrival in a pharmacy due to
the capital outlays that would be required and the time and labor costs
associated with such a system."

Like the so-called federal HIPAA "privacy" rule -- which nationalized
sweeping access to private patient data -- every national system
solidifies federal power over health care. These bipartisan
prescription-tracking bills not been formally introduced. They have

no

file numbers yet. But there's no time like the present to tell your
members of Congress what you think about a national drug tracking and
tracking system.

And there's no time like now to support CCHF's efforts to protect your
health freedom. We're serious about it. Please seriously consider
supporting us financially. Do it today! We depend on you!

Working with you for freedom,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
Citizens' Council for Health Freedom

News to Know:

Exchange Targets Employees

Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced his seven appointees
to the governance board of MNsure - the Minnesota Health Insurance
Exchange. CCHF's press release notes the strong bias and conflicts of
interest of the board members. April Todd-Malmlov, the director of the
Exchange claims the Exchange will let "employees make the choice of
which plan is best for them while

the employers are contributing to the

cost of that." Yet, the Exchange coverage being offered to employees is
employer-subsidized government health care for which an intrusive federal
application is required.

Congress Wants Exemption to Obamacare

Obamacare requires members of Congress and their staff to enroll in
Obama's health insurance exchanges. But now , according to Politico, House
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
are talking about exempting Congress and staffers from the mandate, and
the Office of Personnel Management has a proposal to do just that. Public
outrage has erupted, and Chris Jacobs at Galen Institute suggests state
legislators also be required to enroll in Obamacare's expanded Medicaid
program.

South Carolina Passes Obamacare 'Resistance" Bill

House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday that would ban state
employees from carrying

out provisions of the Affordable Care Act and

empower the state's attorney general to take action against violators. The
bill passed 65-34 along party lines. Rep. Greg Delleney says it's
"resistance" against the ACA. This week, the bill goes to the South
Carolina Senate. More ...

Baby Ripped from Mother's Arms

When Alex and Anna Nikolayev decided that Sutter Hospital was making
mistakes in the care of their five-month old baby, they left and took him
to Kaiser Morse Hospital for a second opinion. Police officers, called by
Sutter, went to Kaiser but left when the baby looked okay and the
attending doctor said there were no concerns with the safety of the child.
Baby and parents were sent home by the doctor. The next day police
officers came to the parent's home under order of child protection
services (CPS) and took the baby. The child is in "protective custody" at
Sutter, because of "severe neglect."

Nikolayevs await a hearing.

Tapping the Health Care Slush Fund

Obamacare appropriates $15 billion in the Prevention and Public Health
Fund over a 10-year period, after which $2 billion is added every year -
forever. HHS has unlimited authority to spend these dollars for
"prevention, wellness, and public health activities including prevention
research and health screenings." However, last month, HHS released a plan
to use $454 million for Obamacare implementation, including funding to
the Medicare administration for the federally facilitated exchanges. Sen.
Tom Harkin who created the fund isn't happy and has now stalled the
confirmation of Marilyn Tavenner as Medicare administrator.

10 Myths of Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

The Heritage Foundation has released a list of 10 myths regarding the
expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, including myths such as: it's
"free money"; states won't face costs;

expanded Medicaid can bring

savings; states can change their mind later and opt out. The full list
is here, with a reality statement that explains why each myth is a myth.

140 Insurers Apply to Federal Exchange

So far, 140 health plans have applied to offer coverage on the
yet-to-be-funded federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs), according to
POLITICO . The last day to apply was recently extended until May 3.
Interestingly, Utah's long-established Exchange, which is solely for
small businesses, offers 140 plans. In July, the federal government will
announce their final decision on approved health insurance exchange (HIX)
health plans. The FFEs, if actually implemented despite no funding from
Congress, are for the 33 states that have wisely refused to set up (or
fund) a state portal into Obama's national exchange system.

Nebraska Sends Cooperative Signal?

Nebraska has initiated an "unofficial

partnership" with the federal

government to build the federally facilitated exchange (FFE). Lawmakers
voted 28-0 to advance a state commission that would oversee the federal
government's creation of a federally facilitated exchange for Nebraska.
The commission will also give recommendations regarding implementation.
This is essentially a state Exchange board without an Exchange. Nebrask
appears to be supporting, not opposing the federal takeover. CCHF's
press release.

HHS Decision Leaves Doctors Hanging

Two electronic health records (EHRs), previously certified for Medicare
and Medicaid patients, have had their certifications revoked by HHS.
Providers who use these record systems can no longer use them. This means
that even if the EHRs worked for the doctors -- and despite the doctor's
cost of implementing these EHR systems once approved by a government
commission -- they can't be used. If they are,

doctor's will be penalized

in 2015. Government power displayed.

No Sequestration for Obamacare

The office implementing most of President Obama's healthcare law is not
furloughing its workers as a result of sequestration, its director said
[last] Wednesday. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer
Information and Insurance Oversight, said [last] Wednesday that his office
has not cut its workers' hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget
cuts that went into effect in March. More . . .

Bipartisan Call for Religious Exemptions to Obamacare

House Republicans and Democrats have joined together to re-introduce a
bill that would expand the religious conscience exemptions under
ObamaCare. Under the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act,
individuals would have the option of being exempted from the Affordable
Healthcare Act's mandate to buy health insurance. More...

500 Groups

Urge Congress to Kill IPAB

Pressure continues building to kill Medicare's Independent Payment
Advisory Board with more than 500 organizations banding together to send a
letter to Congress on Thursday urging its repeal. "We all share the
conviction that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not
only severely limit Medicare beneficiaries' access to care but also
increase healthcare costs that are shifted onto employers and working men
and women in the private sector," ... More...

Quote of the Week:

"The challenge is that setting up a market based system ... is a big,
complicated piece of business." - President Obama, The Ticket, April 30.

Stat of the Week:

35 - percent of Americans surveyed by that view Obamacare favorably, down
8% since election day, with 24% unsure -- the highest level since polling
began in April 2010.

News Release of the Week:

Nebraska's

Cooperation with Federally-Facilitated Exchanges Will Hurt

Nebraskans and Lead to Higher Premiums, Privacy Intrusions and Limited
Choice of Physicians

STATEMENT by Twila Brase, President of the Citizens' Council for Health
Freedom:

"Nebraska, which originally refused to create a state health insurance
Exchange, is moving to create a state commission to oversee and make
recommendations to the federal government regarding the creation of a
federally-facilitated Exchange for Nebraska. Continue reading

Featured Health Freedom Minute:

Medicare ACO Explained

What is Obamacare00;s ACO? The Accountable Care Organization is a
contractual merger of hospitals and doctors for Medicare patients. ACOs
agree to manage all the care of 5,000 Medicare recipients for at least
three years. Medicare pays ACOs a set rate no matter how many patients
need care or how often. If the ACO fails to meet

certain benchmarks, they