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Twenty-Six States Remain Free of PPACA; Seven Choose HHS Partnership

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom Applauds Governors that Stood Firm in Refusing to Implement "Partnership" Exchanges in the Face of Health and Human Services' February 15 Deadline

Contact: Karyn Price, 215-855-1184, 610-584-1096, kprice@hamiltonstrategies.com; Deborah Hamilton, 215-815-7716, 610-584-1096, DHamilton@Hamiltonstrategies.com; both with Hamilton Strategies

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 20, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' deadline for states to partner with the federal government on health insurance exchanges was Friday, February 15. For the 26 states that remain free of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA's) expensive and intrusive grip, the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org) applauds them for remaining firm in their denial of federal, state, or partnership exchanges, all of which lead to federal control of healthcare, intrusiveness into private data for citizens, and costly penalties for a wide range of employers.

"The 26 governors who have refused these Federal takeover centers must remain resolute in their stance to prevent government health exchanges from being implemented in their states," said Twila Brase, President of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. "Many individuals are already experiencing just a fraction of the coming sticker shock of increased health care prices, and if exchanges and PPACA are implemented fully, the costs will be far worse. Governors must protect the citizens, businesses, and state they were elected to serve by continuing to deny implementation of any government health exchange."

Citizens' Council for Health Freedom has outlined states that remain free of the grip of the intrusive PPACA exchanges in its latest diagram.

The Citizens' Council for Health Freedom provides extensive research and resources for individuals that want to better understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as PPACA -- law and the potential impact on healthcare and insurance coverage. For more information, citizens can visit www.cchfreedom.org.

Twila Brase is president and co-founder of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. She has been called one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Health Care" and one of "Minnesota's 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders." The Council's efforts have stopped government-issued treatment directives, added informed consent requirements for access to patient data and defeated a proposed Health Insurance Exchange. Brase's daily radio commentary, Health Freedom Minute, is a 60-second radio address on pressing health care issues. She has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, Minnesota Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, NBC's Today Show, NPR, New York Public Radio, the Associated Press, Modern Healthcare, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Washington Times, among others.