A nonprofit group wants to persuade Americans to stay as far from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges as possible.
The group, the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, has dubbed the effort the "Refuse to Enroll" campaign.
The group, which bills itself as an organization that supports patient and doctor freedom, has created a one-page flier that gives consumers four reasons not to use the public health insurance supermarkets.
PPACA calls for consumers to enroll in "qualified health plans" through the public exchanges starting Oct. 1. The first coverage sold through the exchanges would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
CCHF offers the following reasons not to use the public exchange system:
- No private insurance – Obamacare is “Medicaid for the middle class” – or as CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin calls exchange coverage: “a second Medicaid program.”
- No privacy – Data enters federal database accessible by IRS.
- Limited choice – Coverage is “narrow network” policies.
- High-cost premiums – Income redistribution to pay for exchange operations and subsidizing high-cost individuals.
CCHF has noted that, in most states, people still will be able to buy coverage outside the public exchange system, and that PPACA does not impose penalties on individuals simply because they buy coverage outside the public exchanges.
The group is encouraging readers who want to do more to take actions such as putting "Refuse to Enroll" signs in their yards and promoting the "Refuse to Enroll" campaign through social media.
The group has put out other press releases emphasizing reports that 80 percent of Americans will need help with exchange registration and that the "corrupt IRS" will help enforce PPACA.
Twila Brase, the nurse who serves as the group's president, has appeared on many different news and panel discussion shows, including Glenn Beck's show, the Today Show, and Minnesota and New York public radio news shows.