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Will today – Oct. 1, the rollout date for the much-anticipated health exchanges – usher in a medical Obamageddon?

For many patients, health care providers, hospitals and other health care organizations, the potential fallout from this element of the Affordable Care Act may seem like the proverbial end of the world. At the very least, there will be changes in the provision of, and reimbursement for, medical care that many will not like.

The health exchange shell game will become obvious to families of four with incomes above $100,000. They will not qualify for federal subsidies and will pay about $10,000 annually for “silver” insurance plans (“gold” and “platinum” are extra). Their contributions in premiums and taxes will be much appreciated by families less financially well-off who will get similar coverage at much lower cost.

But it gets even better. There probably will not be enough boots on the ground to handle the anticipated onslaught of health exchange applicants, many of whom are unable to enroll online. Consequently, means testing may not be enforceable and families, otherwise financially ineligible for discounts, still may be able to game the system to their advantage.

In something that resembles a crisis mode, the administration will pull out the stops to sell the ACA using public service announcements and personal appeals by – are you ready? – Bill Clinton, among others. What should anger many Americans is that although this legislation was passed three years ago, the health care sector of government has kept many of its more specific elements under wraps for so long.

While I disagree with the Republicans’ shut-down-the-government game of chicken, I do agree that there needs to be a bipartisan dialogue on how best to proceed with the ACA ingredients that can be feasibly implemented now, and shelving those that are too costly for the U.S. economy. Simply taking the “my way or the highway” approach of both parties (and the administration) will never solve such large and thorny problems.

Perhaps it is time to exhume the late Henry Clay, “the Great Compromiser,” and have his conciliatory skills broker the deal that would best serve our country.

Lawrence Devoe

Augusta

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southern2
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southern2 10/01/13 - 07:00 am
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Never compromise your

Never compromise your standards or values! A government that is this dysfunctional needs to be shut down.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/01/13 - 07:26 am
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As has been the case
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since the JFK assassination, the democratic party has been devoid of substantial leadership. massa obama being a prime example. sick willie and hitlary exemplifying the narcissistic code that all draft dodgers and left wingers (democrats) have in their DNA. The fed shutdown is a product of too much gubmint (democrats) and zero common sense. obamageddon, so aptly put by Mr. Devoe, was and is designed to destroy America from within. Who needs enemies when you have democrats?

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soapy_725 10/01/13 - 07:38 am
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Not medical. Not healthcare. Forced redistribution of wealth.
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In the name of what is fair and decent. Basics for life for all.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/01/13 - 07:40 am
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Check out Norway. It pay about 85% of income to "have it all".
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And they all work. All able bodied person work. Not 50%.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/01/13 - 07:41 am
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Give all you have to the Demogods and let them take care of you.
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Give all you have to the Demogods and let them take care of you.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/01/13 - 07:42 am
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You think governments don't lie to control the masses. WAKE UP!
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You think governments don't lie to control the masses. WAKE UP!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/01/13 - 07:49 am
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Our medicare insurer no longer offers coverage in Georgia.
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Our medicare insurer no longer offers coverage in Georgia.

deestafford
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deestafford 10/01/13 - 08:23 am
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You can compromise only when both parties have the same goals

The House has put forth a plan to do three things: elimination of the medical device tax; removal of the exemptions for the Congress, Senators, their staffs, and other federal workers in DC so they would be under the law as are other individuals; and delay of the individual implementation for one year. To me none of this is unrealistic.

The medical device tax puts some makers of medical devices out of business.

The government representatives and their staff should be under the same laws as everyone else. Senator Grassley put in an admendment that was passed which required that and in the last few months Obama, Reid, and Pelosi got with the Office of Personnel Management and came up with a policy that those personnel would not be under the Obamacare as required by law.

The government is not ready to implement this new law so a one year delay would give them more time to get the infrastucture in place.

Another option would be to put the law into effect 100% as it was written with no special exemptions or waivers such as the 250 Obama has given to his supporters.

Just remember...it was not about health care, but about government acquiring more power over our lives.

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seenitB4 10/01/13 - 08:29 am
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When it hits the fan

What will be interesting is when millions can't & won't buy insurance....will we put these folks in jail??
Some won't be able to buy & will just avoid it.....the plan stinks & we all know this.....we could have tweaked the insurance in the past & included some benefits but we didn't---soooo now we will pay the piper....I blame both sides.

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deestafford 10/01/13 - 08:51 am
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Could someone give examples of Obama compromising with

the Republicans? He doesn't want compromise---he wants appeasement by the Republicans.

Obama doesn't appear to be interested or comfortable talking compromise with the other side. He does seem to be more comfortable talking with dictators of oppressive countries or the Islamic repressors.

I guess that's because he envious of their power and wishes he had it over us. Of course, he does his best to act as if he is the head of such a government rather than the chief executive of a constitutional republic.

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Dixieman 10/01/13 - 09:22 am
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Do not compromise

if the other side's goals are evil and totally unreasonable. I would rather see the whole sick Federal government closed down - permanently if need be. Stock market is yawning about this whole tempest in a teapot!

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impossible 10/01/13 - 10:43 am
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Can not negotiate with terrorists or other evils
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It is common sense that you cannot compromise with terrorists and other evils. You cannot compromise with a president that has no respect for the Constitution and who usurps legislative power by granting exemptions from a law - any law. Republicans should force a vote on a law that subjects all Americans to the law with no delays and with no exceptions or exemptions. The Bill the House writes and sends to the Senate must "repeal" all delays and exemptions "passed" by the president. Force the democrats to vote up or down on such a bill and then face the music in upcoming elections.

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Gary Ross 10/01/13 - 10:49 am
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Good letter except for the part...

"Their contributions in premiums and taxes will be much appreciated by families less financially well-off..."

Since when have lazy minded welfare takers ever appreciated anything? They hate this country! They only tolerate it as long as the free stuff keeps rolling in. Watch and see what happens when they finally bankrupt America and their "free living" comes to a sudden halt.

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Darby 10/01/13 - 11:44 am
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OzBama promised us a new and brighter future.

In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, "The future ain't what it used to be."

.Uninformed voters produce poor leaders.
.Poor leaders produce dangerous and reckless policy.
.Dangerous and reckless policy produce the kind of directionless turmoil we face today.
.A lot of uniformed voters would sure like a Mulligan on last year's election.

Too bad it doesn't work that way.

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faithson 10/01/13 - 04:34 pm
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A lot of uniformed voters

A lot of uniformed voters would sure like a Mulligan on last year's election.
nada... Obumbler would win an election TODAY against ANY one of these crazy nutcases the republicans are following.

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 05:28 pm
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If they don't want the

If they don't want the Mulligan now, just wait until obamacare is in full force.

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 06:29 pm
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His approval rating certainly

His approval rating certainly has gone down.

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Bizkit 10/01/13 - 08:24 pm
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Subsidies cut off at $93, 600

Subsidies cut off at $94,500 for family of four and 45K for individual. That includes a lot os small business folks and people who aren't in the 1% so I'm sure they are wondering why they don't qualify-because Obama supports the middle class.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/01/13 - 09:28 pm
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I thought after the Senate

I thought after the Senate writes a bill then sends to House and House responds that both parties meet in conference committees to hash out the differences in budgets and bills. Why won't the Senate meet in conference to at least address the budget part? Now the House has funded 85% of the govt so only 15% will shutdown. The Senate is splitting hairs refusing to yield on delaying individual mandate when the President has delayed other parts of the bill-employer mandate, Congress mandate, pre-existing conditions, delay maximums for health insurance, etc. What about the budget part what is the agreement there? Seems its really the Senate that wants to shut down the govt so they can blame it on Rep. Moderates are agreeing too, which will assure conservatives will be shut out and have no voice.

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fedex227 10/01/13 - 09:58 pm
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"Why won't the Senate meet in conference to at least ...
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address the budget part?"

Where have you been? The Senate has offered to send the proposed House/Senate budget to conference 14 times. Yet each time they have proposed to forward the measure and the budget commitee has appointed conferees, it has been fillibustered by Tea Party members in the Senate.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/01/13 - 10:01 pm
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Good grief you are kidding

Good grief you are kidding me. Moderates are blaming Rep for this so the next few elections will likely fall to the progressives with moderate support and conservatives will just hold a few strongholds. I've never heard of a lame duck House but we have one now. Pitiful!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/01/13 - 10:07 pm
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By the end of this election

By the end of this election cycle both houses of Congress and the Presidency will belong to a Dem. The Rep have no clue what fight to fight nor how to fight it. The conservative movement is rapidly becoming trivialized and a joke-by their own admission -The Stupid Party. Stupid or Fascist leaves me little voting choices.

KSL
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KSL 10/01/13 - 10:39 pm
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Biz

Say it isn't so.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/01/13 - 11:26 pm
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“Stupid or Fascist leaves me

“Stupid or Fascist leaves me little voting choices.”

How about “stupid fascist”?

Because that is what we're faced with.

Somebody damn well ought to step up and step up right know!

We the “peeps” are sick and tired.

Lindsey, John, are you hearing this?

Darby
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Darby 10/02/13 - 01:25 am
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"Lindsey, John, are you hearing this?"

No, because they are still stuck in the 1950's.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/02/13 - 07:41 am
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fedex you mislead me it's

fedex you mislead me it's the other way around and the Senate refuses to negotiate and conference committee with Rep. The Senate has refused to have a conference committee with the Rep.

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