Healthcare panel tries to ‘decode’ Obamacare for public

(Front, L-R) Rep. Virgil Fludd; Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo Jr.; Fayette Commissioner Charles Oddo; Commissioner David Barlow; Fayette Commissioner Randy Ognio; Peachtree City Councilman George Dienhart; Rep. Sandra Scott; Rep. Ronnie Mabra; and Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton. Behind them are panel members (L-R) Natalie Hernandez, moderator; Starla Hairston-Blanks; Amanda Ptashkin; and Bill Rencher. Photo/Special.

A panel of healthcare professionals met at the library in Fayetteville recently to inform 80 area residents about some of the aspects of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The 2013 Issues Conference: Decoding the Affordable Care Act was sponsored by Democratic District 63 Rep. Ronnie Mabra and the Fayette County Democratic Committee.

The intent of the conference was to help individuals understand the implications of the new health care law and highlight its major provisions, Mabra said. The conference featured presentations and discussion by what was billed as an expert, non-partisan panel followed by a question and answer session.

The panel included Starla Hairston-Blanks, director of Health Promotion and Policy Development Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Outreach and Advocacy Director for Georgians for a Healthy Future Amanda Ptashkin and the Georgia Watch Health Access Program Director Bill Rencher.

Dr. Natalie Hernandez from the Morehouse School of Medicine asked questions of the panel ranging from what veterans can expect from the new law to how young adults are affected after leaving their parents’ insurance plan, Mabra said.

Hairston-Blanks spoke extensively on the individual mandate, health-based exchanges meant to help individuals make comparisons between insurance plans and employer requirements.

Rencher described a previous position he held in a firm where two of his co-workers suffered from chronic, pre-existing conditions that drove up premiums for everyone in the office by as much as 40 percent.

“Rate hikes are going to be a thing of the past,” Ptashkin told the audience. “Anything above a ten-percent increase is triggered for review.”

The panelists agreed that businesses might reduce the number of their full-time employees to less than 49 in order to avoid paying premiums.

Ptashkin also noted that 86 percent of small business in Georgia are eligible for tax credits.

Mabra said the outcome of the discussion was that the Affordable Care Act only pertains to insurance and how much citizens will pay out of pocket. This law does not address the quality or quantity of healthcare in America, he said.

Mabra said a myth dispelled at the conference was in regard to the so-called “death panels,” which each panelist stressed was illegal, immoral and not going to happen.

For more information on the 2013 Issues Conference visit www.fayettedems.org.

moelarrycurly
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That's all this is. Ronnie says, "This law does not address the quality or quantity of healthcare in America." Amanda says, "Rate hikes are going to be a thing of the past..anything above a 10 per cent increase is triggered for review."

So which is it, Ronnie and Amanda? If you cannot see the correlation between a rate hike and quality/quantity of healthcare, you both must live on planet Xercix.

This is how the Democrats are rolling out Obamacare? Really? By "decoding" it?

And don't any one person in this county forget that Ronnie Mabra's wife is chair of the FC Democratic Party.

George, we'd love to hear your new found wealth of information that you brought home with you from this Obamacare pep rally. A book report at next Council meeting is in order. Same for the other politicians standing there grinning from ear to ear (I guess not you two, Randy and Chuck).

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While I appreciated the invitation to the event, it was apparent that the event was designed not to present an open forum, but rather to promote the program. It did not change my opinion- Obamacare is an expensive mistake that this country could not afford.

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Hey moe,

You're absolutely right, the demos rushed this through and Obama signed it which then became the law of the realm in 2010. And the demos still have to "decode" it. Good gawd!!!

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Let's see if I get this right. There are 316,361,289 people living in the US. Thanks to this decoding meet, we now have 80 fewer of those to do. How many more decodes left to do? Owww, my head hurts thinking about it.

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Hey moe,

Yup, I got home on the "noon balloon" from Paris.

How many decodes? Who knows, they'll spin it to their advantage.

Oh, about that number; lets add about 11 million more as the Senate just voted to approve the immigration "overhaul" bill. It's going to happen and you're all going to pay for it.

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Last on who voted yes on that bill. Thursday before 4th of July, they did it to get their sorry arses out of D C by the 5pm deadline they phony up on weeks before holidays....and fly off to the fake wives waiting at home...RWM is right...this country is not under our control any more. And Barry HUSSEIN Obama is in Africa right now, vacationingon his multimillion dollar taxpayer paid vacation.

The Statue of Liberty should be weeping uncontrollably right now.

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