How about a freedom NOT to choose?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

stethoscope and cashThe Citizens' Council for Health Freedom is petitioning Capitol Hill lawmakers and the Trump administration to allow senior Americans to opt-out of Medicare without losing their Social Security benefits.

"We have been encouraging President Trump to just simply delete the language that has caused this problem for senior citizens who want to opt-out of Medicare," says Citizens' Council for Health Freedom president and co-founder Twila Brase.

CCHF sent a letter to President Donald Trump saying as much. Dozens of other organizations signed on to the November 2018 letter.

Meanwhile, Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have reintroduced the Retirement Freedom Act (S. 1030), something the lawmakers say would empower senior citizens and create more options and opportunities for healthcare.

Brase, Twila (CCHF)"We are very supportive of the bill," Brase tells OneNewsNow. "One way or another, we want seniors to be able to opt-out of Medicare without losing their Social Security benefits."

Two seniors' groups – the Association of Mature American Citizens and the 60 Plus Association – have publicly announced their support for S. 1030.

Brase adds that it's not even a rule that people eligible for Medicare must be in the program or lose their Social Security benefits.

"It is what's called an executive instruction," she explains. "It happened during the Clinton administration. Nobody knows how it got in there or who put it in there, but we believe that the Clinton administration wanted to make sure that no one could escape Medicare and therefore put that language into a procedural operations manual.

"So it's not a law, [it's] not a rule – it's just an instruction in a procedural operations manual of the Social Security Administration," Brase concludes.

CCHF has launched an online petition urging Congress and the White House to allow citizens to claim Social Security benefits without requiring enrollment in Medicare.

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