Air Date: April 28, 2014
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Twila Brase
Twila Brase is President of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom and is a certified public health nurse. The Citizens Council for Health Freedom supports patient and doctor freedom, medical innovation, and the right of citizens to a confidential patient-doctor relationship.
This Crosstalk began with discussion concerning the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and her replacement, Sylvia Matthews Burwell.
Can a fresh name bring improved credibility to Obamacare? We’re told there’s over 8 million enrolled in the program. The problem is, even if that number could be verified, how many have actually paid? Twila says it’s estimated that 10-20% have not paid.
Other problems exist as well. For example, 300 million dollars went to Oregon yet they have not enrolled one single person through the exchange online. All who did enroll from Oregon did so by paper.
Twila also explained that from now until November 15th (when the next enrollment period begins) with some exceptions, you can’t simply call an insurance agent or company and purchase your own health insurance. She believes this is because insurance companies are afraid of people who are waiting to get sick. On the other hand, Obamacare says it doesn’t matter how ill you are, insurance companies have to take you. There’s nothing in the law that says the insurance companies can’t shut down enrollment until November 15th and that’s what they’ve chosen to do.
Regarding the program’s second issue, when a baby is born, a lab tech will prick the baby’s heel and have a blood sample placed on a special filter card. That card does not go to the hospital lab. It goes to the state public health laboratory or to the contractor who does it for the state. The DNA and the genetic test results become the property of the state. This government warehousing of the DNA of newborns is nothing new. Some states sell it, some barter it or give it to the military.
Does the government retain the authority to do this? Why aren’t parents made aware of this? Is this genetic testing for newborn screening or is there more to it? Find out when you review this edition of Crosstalk.