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I appreciated Tom Corwin’s article describing the hardship that the Affordable Care Act is creating for Rich Herdegen and other college instructors (“Health care reform confuses colleges,’ Aug. 23). But I think Mr. Corwin did your readers a disservice when he said that “the Obama administration decided to delay” the 30-hour-a-week rule for full-time. I don’t think the administration can legally make this change.

The legislative branch (Congress) enacts laws. The only choice that the executive branch (the president) gets to make is to sign or veto a law that Congress has enacted. Once a law has been signed, as President Obama did with the Affordable Care Act, the administration must carry out the law as Congress wrote it. If the law said the rule takes effect in 2014, I think it should take effect in 2014 no matter what the administration says.

The administration does have some latitude in defining what counts toward 30 hours. For example, does time spent outside the classroom preparing for class count toward the 30 hours? If not, maybe Mr. Herdegen’s hours wouldn’t have to be cut. Unfortunately, we don’t know if they count or not because the Internal Revenue Service still hasn’t ruled on how to calculate a college professor’s hours even though the law was passed more than three years ago.

Colleges are justifiably worried about a law that is so complicated that even the government can’t meet deadlines the law imposes. They and other businesses are just doing the only prudent thing they can under the circumstances. It’s a pity that it is hurting people such as Mr. Herdegen, and it would have been nice if Congress had read the law before voting “yes.”

Steven W. McPherson

Augusta

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soldout
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soldout 08/31/13 - 05:00 am
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the bright side

The more the present medical system is torn down the more people will take charge of their own health and the more alternative methods; which are less expensive and superior and advanced in many ways, will prosper. Some doctors do good things and actually heal conditions but many are just throwing drugs at symptoms and the older someone gets the more drugs they carry around. That is sad and not what you would call progress. How refreshing the other day to watch someone, who is a regular doctor, use energy medicine to determine and fix their own physical problem. The process took about five minutes and I asked the doctor what would be the cost and time for the normal medical approach to accomplish this. The doctor said about 2 days in the hospital, many tests, additional medication and thousands of dollars. God never intended for your health to be a major concern or cost you thousands of dollars. There are other ways out there and you have the freedom to choose.

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dade30906 08/31/13 - 05:44 am
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A group of evil doers has

A group of evil doers has plot to destroy America - they're
offering the President an impossible choice. They're prepared to sabotage the entire U.S. economy unless Democrats defund Obamacare, sacrifice millions of uninsured citizens and put insurance companies back in charge. If it sounds like a super villain plan to you, you're not alone. But extremist Republican are obsessed with repeal- to the tune of 40 failed repeal votes. I'm not making this up they want to shut down the entire U.S. government and force default on our nation's obligations. And all so they can keep millions of Americans uninsured.We already see what Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is doing to uninsured Georgians stonewalling Obamacare.

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Rhetor 08/31/13 - 06:33 am
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confusion

The main problem with Obamacare is the fear-mongering and outrageously false information spread by the right wing. People support the law's provisions. What they oppose is socialized medicine and death panels, neither of which is part of the law in real life. Once the program is in effect, you'll wonder how you got by without it.

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localguy55 08/31/13 - 07:24 am
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Over 60 percent disagree

Over 60 percent of the population is not in favor of this law dispite it's passing by Democrats "only". If there was a law passed by Republicans "only" the democrats would be marching in the streets burning cars and destroying property. The only difference here is that the distruction will come from the implementation of this law and the harm to the Healthcare system, already crippled by years of government regulations, and the economy, forcing employers to scale back workers hours to avoid further harming their businesses. The affordable healthecare Law is where the true evil lies.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/31/13 - 07:24 am
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"What they oppose is
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"What they oppose is socialized medicine and death panels, neither of which is part of the law in real life."
rhetor, you really should go talk with your doctors. Obamacare is nothing but "socialized medicine and death panels". 10 years from now it will be VERY HARD to find a doctor without a long wait. There will be a lot less of those evil doctors that cut your feet and legs off for the money.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/31/13 - 07:30 am
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The REAL EVIL DOER is in the WH
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"A group of evil doers has plot to destroy America"
The REAL EVIL DOER is in the WH. The lying, racist, America hating Marxist/communist hates everything this country was based on.

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dade30906 08/31/13 - 07:42 am
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On Oct . 1, thanks to the

On Oct . 1, thanks to the healthcare law new affordable insurance options will be available to the millions of people who are uninsured or unhappy with their current plans. That's a very good thing for the more than 19 million 18 - to -34 - year - olds who are uninsured nationwide.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/31/13 - 07:57 am
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Chascushman, Tell Rhetor he is WRONG

Chascushman, Yes there are death panels, Rhetor seems to have a short memory! Ask Rhetor about Sibelius and her statement to the girl she denied a lung transplant, "some people live, some people die " is her quote I believe! It is only going to get worse as BEURACRATS like Sibelius make medical decisions not doctors!

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deestafford 08/31/13 - 08:06 am
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Folks, we ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait.

obamacare will cause a tremendous doctor shortage. Here are some statistics and information about doctors and the care under this government take over of the greatest medical system in the world:

Currently America is short 20,000 doctors.

Influx of patients increases demand for care with no increase of supply of doctors.

Many may not accept insurance from exchanges or medicaid.

Shortage could increase five times over the next decade since about 400,000 doctors are over 50.

Sixty percent of 13,000 doctors surveyed said they would retire if they could. This compares to 45% before obamacare was passed.

In 2011 only 69% of doctors accepted medicaid patients. In FL it was 59%. In TX 68% limit the number they accept or refuse any new ones. Medicaid pays 60% of what insurance does and the cost of treatment is higher than what the government pays in reimbursements.

Doctors in many states refuse to accept exchange patients.

Not all insurance companies will sign up to sell through exchanges.

If one can't see a doctor they will go to the ER which will result in more overcrowding because currently greater than one-half are over capacity. Six hundred and fifty ERs have shut down in the last 20 years. After MA instituted it program all hospitals in MA saw an increase in ER usage.

The bottom line is there will be less doctors and more nurses and PAs will be handling what is now done by doctors which is not a good solution and will result in poorer medical care.

Also, In England where the nationalized health care system is the largest employer in the country, they fudge a lot of their statistics such as waiting time in the ER. What they don't tell you is the ambulances with the patient inside will wait outside the ER for hours and sometimes a day before the patient gets in the ER. The waiting time in the ER looks good because the clock on the patient doesn't count until the patient is checked into the ER...and does not include the time waiting in the parking lot laid up in the ambulance.

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carcraft 08/31/13 - 08:01 am
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dade30906, GEE I would rather

dade30906, GEE I would rather have the health insurance companies run health care than the IRS for heavens sake! The idiots in the IRS are
still targeting conservative groups. Gee may there should be a political test before your health insurance company is approved by
THE IRS !!!

dade30906
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dade30906 08/31/13 - 08:22 am
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Sept 30, is getting closer

Sept 30, is getting closer and Republicans are planning to play politics with the debt ceiling - again. House Republicans need to stop holding our economy hostage to their demands to repeal Obamacare. Our country has no time for such petty politics. The last debt ceiling hostage situation was a disaster. The country's credit rating was downgraded and the absurd sequester - which just this week cut 57,000 kids from Head Start - was forced on us. Republicans haven't learned anything in the two years, because now they're threatening to do it all over again unless Obamacare is repealed.

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deestafford 08/31/13 - 08:51 am
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carcraft

What people don't realize is this "health care plan" has been fermenting in the desks of the liberals for decades just waiting to be crammed down the throats of the gullible who think you can get sumthin' for nuthin'. There were very, very few medical and insurance experts involved in the crafting of this monstronsity because it was not about affordable and improved healthcare but addicting the moochers to the subsidies of Uncle Sugar and thereby further guaranteeing democratic power with intermittent periods of Republican influence.

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Little Lamb 08/31/13 - 08:32 am
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Executive Fiat

Here is the original story Mr. McPherson is referring to:

Colleges and Confusion

Mr. McPherson gives us a little lesson in government in his second paragraph. That is what he learned in school, and it used to be true. However, the Obama regime has trashed the Constitution and created a new principle of government by waiver. Every new law gives the president and/or his bureaucrats the power to exempt entities and waive requirements. And since he has this waiver power in all new laws, he deftly has appropriated said power for old laws enacted before the government by waiver principle was established.

He is "executive ordering" this country to death — a death Obama eagerly awaits. The Marxist world order is on the ascendency here.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/31/13 - 08:45 am
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"He is "executive ordering"
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"He is "executive ordering" this country to death — a death Obama eagerly awaits."
Little Lamb, you are correct. The lying, racist, Marxist/communist hates everything this country was based on. He believes that the USA became rich by stealing from poor countries especially poor countries of color. His idea of "Social Justice" is to bring this country to its knees. Obama is one EVIL S*B.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/31/13 - 09:49 am
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Dade30906, Studies have

Dade30906, Studies have demonstrated that Headstart does. NOTHING in the long term to help children in the program! But the point of the letter is that Obama is a acting illegally as he changes the law by executive order! Miss appropriating funds when he pages congressional staff health care out of funds designated for something else etc.!!!

deestafford
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deestafford 08/31/13 - 10:13 am
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carcrarft

If you ever wake up one morning and ask yourself, "What is the quickest way I can be branded a racist today?" The answer would be, "Let's eliminate Head Start because there is no difference in those who attend and those who don't by the time they reach the third grade."

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t3bledsoe 08/31/13 - 10:17 am
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Obama care

I am not convenced that the LTE writer is against Obama care. In my opinion, I believe Obama care will be great when fully inacted and more people WILL BE RESPONSIBLE, finally, for paying for their own insurance!

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Darby 08/31/13 - 10:24 am
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"I'm not making this up they want to shut

down the entire U.S. government and force default on our nation's obligations."

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Actually, you ARE making it up. Or rather Obama and his henchmen are making it up. You're just parroting what they are saying.

They love to create this kind of "crisis" and then, through their control of the media push a false agenda until they convince enough uninformed Americans that the "sky is falling".

Unfortunately, this tactic has a high success rate.

Obama would make Stalin so proud as his fledgling protégé.

Darby
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Darby 08/31/13 - 10:36 am
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It's already obvious that Obamacare is no

improvement over the long established and envied American health care system.

As many, or even more, people will fall through the cracks under this government takeover.

The difference is, there will be no incentive to improve the new system because it's primarily designed to create and grow government jobs, divert money and resources into the federal treasury and not to provide service or save lives.

Too many people, anxious for a "quick fix", fall for the regime's propaganda and this mess is the inevitable result.

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chascushman 08/31/13 - 12:06 pm
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"Too many people, anxious for
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"Too many people, anxious for a "quick fix", fall for the regime's propaganda and this mess is the inevitable result."
The only way to fix the cost of our healthcare is reduce gov't involvement and more personal responsibility. I know that personal responsibility are dirty words to the liberals/progressives and democrats.

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Truth Matters 08/31/13 - 01:57 pm
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Alternative to Obamacare

There is an alternative to Obamacare. It is the Affordable Care Act. In theory, Just what the conservatives pushed when they opposed Bill Clinton's effort to pass national healthcare. Back then Cons wanted the "moochers" to take responsibility for their own healthcare so everybody else wouldn't have to pay through higher premiums to offset the "deadbeats."

What a sight to see the GOP twisting itself like a pretzel to explain why they now oppose the plan they were once for.

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Truth Matters 08/31/13 - 02:04 pm
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Death Panels

Insurance companies, not the government, operate the death panels by denying procedures that doctors recommend in consultation with the patient.

A close family member has been fighting with the insurance company for years to approve a procedure that could save the patient's vision. The insurance company says no, it's cosmetic, even though some of the finest specialists in the state say otherwise.

Now that is tantamount to a "death panel."

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Truth Matters 08/31/13 - 02:04 pm
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Death Panels

Insurance companies, not the government, operate the death panels by denying procedures that doctors recommend in consultation with the patient.

A close family member has been fighting with the insurance company for years to approve a procedure that could save the patient's vision. The insurance company says no, it's cosmetic, even though some of the finest specialists in the state say otherwise.

Now that is tantamount to a "death panel."

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Truth Matters 08/31/13 - 02:14 pm
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First hand view

Having worked for a major insurance company when it rolled out new products, I can tell you that often some tweaking is required. First, people need to know that "Obamacare" is a law, not an insurance company. The GOP has done a masterful job of confusing people. If I did not have some knowledge of insurance, my lips would be dripping with trepidation, too.

If the GOP really believe this law is a train wreck, why don't they get off the tracks and stop putting logs in the way? Because they know better.

They remind me of a lover who wants out of a relationship. He does everything to sabotage the relationship, then when it fails, he/she says,
"I told you it wouldn't work."

Darby
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Darby 08/31/13 - 02:46 pm
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Truth, do you ever read what you write?

I mean, ever????

"There is an alternative to Obamacare. It is the Affordable Care Act."

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Obamacare is just the nickname that Republicans gave to the so-called Affordable Care Act. Which BTW has proven already to be anything BUT affordable.

You make yourself sound as though you have no idea what you are talking about.

Sort of like saying "There is an alternative to tissues for a runny nose. It is called Kleenex.

chascushman
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chascushman 08/31/13 - 02:50 pm
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"I told you it wouldn't
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"I told you it wouldn't work."
TM, the lying, racist, America hating, Marxist/communist in the WH knows 'it wouldn't work'. It is all about the single payer system. At least the idiot Harry Reed has guts enough to admit.

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Willow Bailey 08/31/13 - 02:50 pm
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Thank you Mr. President. You

Thank you Mr. President.
You have created a society where there will be either free stuff or no stuff. Those who were willing to pay their own way are the ones who suffer.

Small companies that provided an umbrella insurance policy for their group will have to opt out of providing that assistance because if they do not pay all the cost of the coverage, they are fined $2000 per person. Solution: no insurance or forced to seek individual policies at higher costs and less coverage.

It just gets better and better.

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allhans 08/31/13 - 02:58 pm
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A group representing

A group representing Obamacare was holding a town hall meeting last week to answer questions and enlighten the public. One lady on the panel told the audience that they badly needed the young to sign up because- because! - the money is needed to pay rising health costs of the elderly. So which is it? The story keeps changing.
I don't see how anyone can defend this mess...even Obama himself is delaying, delaying....

Darby
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Darby 08/31/13 - 02:54 pm
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"Back then Cons wanted the "moochers" to

take responsibility for their own health care so everybody else wouldn't have to pay through higher premiums to offset the "deadbeats."

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And in what way does ObamaCare/The Affordable Care Act cause deadbeats to carry their fair share?

Answer - It doesn't. It just piles on another burden for productive, hard working citizens to shoulder.

You know, making up "facts" that sound good to you, really doesn't help you to sell a failed product.

The entitlement zombies will eat it up, but they are not the ones who need convincing.

OzBama knows about half as much about health care as he does about foreign affairs and the conduct of military operations. Which is zilch.

Darby
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Darby 08/31/13 - 02:55 pm
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The Truth

really doesn't matter does it?

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