How about a freedom NOT to choose?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
 | 
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.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

I agree with this HHS proposal reversing the Obamacare section benefiting transgenders primarily because …

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Tornadoes rake 2 Oklahoma cities, killing 2 and injuring 29
Israeli president shocked by German kippa warning
Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US
Venezuela negotiators return to Norway for crisis talks
Mike Pence: West Point grads should expect to see combat
Flooding leads to Oklahoma and Arkansas evacuations
New candidates vie to succeed UK’s May with focus on Brexit
Bolton says N. Korea missile tests violated UN resolutions

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Gillette is at it again: This time featuring Samson, a transgender man shaving for the first time
French police hunt man who planted explosive device in Lyon, release surveillance photos
Tornado strikes El Reno, Oklahoma; at least 2 deaths confirmed: reports
Thousands march in Hong Kong to commemorate June 4 protests
Israelis protest moves to grant Netanyahu immunity, limit Supreme Court

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Ben Carson's counterpunch against Omar a knockout

Ben Carson 2Outspoken Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) – notorious for her anti-Semitic and anti-American rants -- drew more criticism Wednesday when she took a swipe at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson over his exchange at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, resulting in the Republican ripping her stance on abortion.