Obamacare isn't affordable

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I have read and listened to elected officials touting the benefits and lower cost of the so-called “affordable” health-care mandate.

The Marriott Augusta and Doubletree Columbia that I oversee have lost their health-care provider. That’s right – Consumers Life is leaving Georgia because of the high cost of delivering health care. Not affordable.

We will look for a new provider. Last year our costs were up by double-digit increases, and that was after significant negotiations to get it down from the 24 percent they wanted to increase.

Effective Jan. 1, we will be required by this mandate to pay a new “tax” not included with insurance premiums going up.

With more than 300 team members, the new tax at $5.37 per member per month is $19,332 per year.

I wish I could raise our food prices like that.

If this “affordable” health care is so good, why did our elected officials opt themselves out? Why did unions in California get a pass on this the very next day from then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

I am sure our costs for this year will rise again by double digits, and if this continues we will have to decide if we can continue to afford this or opt out and pay the fine.

Paying the fine would almost cut our costs in half, by the way.

I urge other business owners to speak up about their feelings on this crucial matter. It isn’t affordable.

Darryl C. Leech

Augusta

(The writer is vice president and general manager of the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.)

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deestafford
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deestafford 07/19/13 - 11:42 pm
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Only someone ignorant about economics and health care

can believe it is impossible to increase the number of people in a program, increase the coverage, restrict the percentage a company can charge to recover its operating costs, and reduce the amount that doctors are reimbursed.

The only true thing I've ever heard Nancy Pelosi say (and we thought it was funny at the time) was "We got to pass it to find out what's in it."
Well, we are three years into it and we are still finding out what's in it and we ain't finished finding out what's in it yet.

The goal of the democrats is a single payer...Read "single payer" to mean the tax payer. Who know those 51% who pay all the taxes.

They took the best healthcare system in the world and started it on the way to destruction to corral more power for the ruling class.

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carcraft 07/20/13 - 03:55 am
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I am enjoying myself watching

I am enjoying myself watching the unions as they realize what a disaster this law is going to be for them..Well if you sleep with dogs you might wake up with fleas, and you only have yourselves to blame!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 06:10 am
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Affordable Health Care is right there with Great Society. Lies.
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Affordable Health Care is right there with Great Society. Lies.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 06:12 am
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Affordable Health Care, right there with Marriage Protection.
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Affordable Health Care, right there with Marriage Protection.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/20/13 - 06:13 am
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Affordable Health Care, right there with UNITED NATIONS. LOL
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Affordable Health Care, right there with UNITED NATIONS. LOL

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/20/13 - 08:32 am
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When you
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are accustomed to living on "da plantation", whitey must provide for da "hoods" lifetime and generational security.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/20/13 - 08:44 am
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Purpose of Obamacare

Obamacare is to MOVE PEOPLE OFF of medicaid ! Do you really think Obama's administration is going to openly admit this ?? NO, because it would cost The Democratic Party thousands of votes from the dead-beats that will not take charge of their lives and the lives of their families !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/20/13 - 08:47 am
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Biggest problem with the medical in USA

THE MOST BIGGEST cost of health care in this country is that doctors and administrators feel ENTITLED to make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year !! Where is that written in stone ??!!

deestafford
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deestafford 07/20/13 - 09:20 am
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You have it backwards:

The purpose is to move everyone ON to medicaid-like programs paid for by the producers.

There is nothing wrong with doctors making a lot of money when you consider all the years they spent in school leaning their skills and then for the value of their work to patients. If you think they are over paid, next time you have a toothache don't go to the dentist because you think he is overpaid. People don't have to go to the medical facility or doctors, they could remain ill, sick, or die. It's up to them. There is nothing wrong being paid for use of your skills.

Many doctors are retiring and many who were going into medicine are not doing so because they don't like the idea of obamacare and what it does to the practice of medicine. No one has a right to a doctor's service without paying what the market says. This is not the Soviet Union or socialist countries where doctors work for the state.

Don't forget, our system has produced the best medical care in the world. This does not include only treatment but the development and invention of medial devices and drugs---more than any country in the world. Look at Nobel Prize winners in medicine and see what country most of them come from.

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chascushman 07/20/13 - 09:50 am
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"There is nothing wrong with
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"There is nothing wrong with doctors making a lot of money when you consider all the years they spent in school leaning their skills and then for the value of their work to patients."
deestafford, you are correct. Most of the people objecting to how much doctors make COULD NOT GET THROUGH 30 days of medical school much less become a doctor.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/20/13 - 10:00 am
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Liberals have needed place in society

It is a good thing that our society has liberals in order to keep things honest and facts where they belong !

Darby
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Darby 07/20/13 - 10:14 am
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"Well if you sleep with dogs you might wake

up with fleas, and you only have yourselves to blame!"

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Actually, the OzBamians cut out the middle man in this case. They went straight to sleeping with fleas.

Darby
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Darby 07/20/13 - 10:29 am
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"THE MOST BIGGEST (sic) cost of health care

in this country is that doctors and administrators feel ENTITLED to make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year !!...."

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No more so than the MLB, NBA and NFL players who earn even more for playing children's games.

It's call free market enterprise. Or "whatever the market will bear".

If you're gonna get into controlling what one group of people make, then you need to look at controlling what all people make.

That's a minefield I'm not willing to play Hop Scotch in.

But then, I've never even entertained the thought of becoming a liberal/socialist.

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RMSHEFF 07/20/13 - 11:59 am
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t3Bledsoe its all about supply & demand

Consider this ! You seem to think the best course of action is to have the government limit the salary of doctors. Price and wage controls never work. Competition always leads to the best quality at he best price. Healthcare is a "market" like any other market subject to the laws of supply and demand. The problem with our healthcare system is that it is not driven by free markets. The "gate keepers" of the medical school are much to blame. Many people who would like to and are plenty smart enough to become doctors are not allowed into medical school for many reasons. If you limit the supply of doctors, you increase the value of doctors and they can charge whatever they want for their services. Imagine if the number of doctors tripled they would forced to "compete" for patients thus driving down cost and increasing efficiency. We have seen this to some degree in the dental field. Dentist are now advertising prices for their services trying to increase business. The insurance system is partly to blame as well. Just look at the Reimbursement rates that have been negotiated with large groups verses what a individual pay walking in the front door of a doctors office. A good example of price for service not involving insurance companies is lasik eye surgery.
It was very expensive when the technology was new but over time the markets adjusted and corrected and now it is very cheap. ($200-$400 per eye now verses $2000.00 per eye at the start)

The bottom line is that we need a true free market in healthcare. This would be good for the consumer and the country but very bad for the intrenched special interest that are in control now.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/20/13 - 01:02 pm
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" But then, I've never even
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" But then, I've never even entertained the thought of becoming a liberal/socialist."
Darby, most of the folks that call themselves liberals are really Marxist/socialist at best. REAL liberals believe in individual freedom and responsibility.
The so called liberals today believe in gov't taking care of them I guess because they are not smart enough to do it themselves. They are part of the generations that have been dummied down by the gov't schools.

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JRE 07/22/13 - 01:09 pm
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Solutions

The letter is correct that the Affordable Care Act is going to drive up some costs and is a terrible piece of legislation but we need to look beyond that for solutions. The huge increases in costs have been going on for many years and more and more businesses are finding that providing health coverage for employees is unaffordable. We need solutions to make health care available and affordable and not just political bickering.

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