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Education is a Luxury July 25, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Employer costs have been increasing every year anyway. It's called escalation, and anyone whoRead More sources insurance for their own company is aware of it. I think most people conflate "what was happening anyway" with "effects of Obamacare," but there is enough information on the internet about trends prior to 2009 to detail the original insurance problem. .....Personally, Obamacare is helping my business by opening up the insurance marketplace. In FY2008, I insured 3 employees (1 family, 2 single) through BCBS for about $3700/month. Escalation was quoted at 19% for FY2009 - an increase of $700/month. We hired an HR firm (or PEO) to access a group rates and paid 5-7% escalation 2009-2014. In preparation for FY2015, new insurance options have enabled us to drop the PEO altogether and choose a small-biz plan for a smaller monthly premium than our 2010 group rates. This is a tremendous benefit because it opens up options with fringe and retirement contributions to my employees. Deductibles and network coverage are too similar to impact any participants. Outside of my own experience, most people that I know who deal with insurance budgeting for their companies or families have reversed their opinion on Obamacare - once they had to put their money where their mouth is.
joseph July 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
I got the shaft with 8000 a year deductible and from zero monthly premium to 200 and I lost dentalRead More and eyeglass coverage and the illegals continue to get free healthcare and walmart gift cards and free phones that they pass on to their friends soon you can pay at the museum to see a white person
Howard Roark July 25, 2014 at 02:18 pm
So it was only "affordable" because the government was subsidizing the increased costsRead More with federal dollars... which come from our taxes... which come from our wallets or get printed from nothing... so we are being told that ObamaCare saves us money on health care costs ... while we either pay more in taxes or lose buying power due to the inflation caused by printing money to pay for the subsidies... which is what makes it "affordable". I get it now. ObamaCare is a money laundering scheme designed to fool us into thinking we're all getting something for nothing while we're all getting less and paying more. No wonder they wouldn't tell us what was in it before they passed it!
Bond Crosby, 28. Caring Bridge photo
Roland Lorans July 25, 2014 at 08:08 am
very sad - RIP
Octo Slash July 25, 2014 at 08:28 am
Some people just have bad tickers and nothing can save them. I worked for a man years ago, in theRead More restaurant business, named Tom. While most of us were partying after close of business, herfing cigarettes, doing drugs and behaving like monkeys, Tom was getting his sleep. During his off time he was a jogger and tennis player. One day in spring he was mowing his lawn. He took a break, walked into the house and told his wife, "I don't feel so good", and dropped dead. Tom was 29.
Gary Christopher July 25, 2014 at 09:43 am
Really sad - it seems like the good ones go before their time -
A local pilots' group has petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow seaplanes, such as the one picture, to have access to Lake Lanier near Atlanta, Ga. Patch file.
Cain Harris July 25, 2014 at 08:49 am
What's with the comments about 17 year Olds, 6 packs,, and drugs. I have lived on the lake for 25Read More years and totally disagree. Most people that use the lake are responsible and not on drugs and alcohol. These remarks are made to try and make it look like current users of the lake are hoodlums and these pilots are somehow a better class of people and more responsible. Having Sea Planes flying in and out of an area where families are boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, and eating doesn't make much sense at all. Do we need to add more dangerous situations to an already crowded lake so these rich privileged daredevils have another place to play? What about fuel leaks and accidents? Who is going to watch over these planes when they land and take off? There is no way they can keep up with all the boats approaching, or families just enjoying the lake. Lake Lanier was never meant to be an airport!
Jeff Goodman July 25, 2014 at 09:50 am
Bad idea! It is hard enough just watching out for boats and jetskis!
Ellen H July 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Seems to me those that have one are for it those w/o against Everyone has a right to use the lake.Read More Maybe restrict them to a certain area that boats and skis stay out of.
FILE PHOTO: Telephone. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
Ellen H July 25, 2014 at 11:58 am
Ellen H July 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm
There is no way to stop them
Mary Jones July 25, 2014 at 02:00 pm
Since I added my name to the Nat'l No Call List several months ago, I have had more telemarketerRead More calls than I did before! There is NO WAY to stop them!
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) took first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition held on July 21 in Greene County. Credit: GCPR
M R Rao July 24, 2014 at 06:06 pm
If guardians of law enforcing do not respond, such a behavior not acceptable to anybody What returnRead More for money is 911 and the staff who are in is paying the honest tax payer? Now, what action the competitive authorities going to take?
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Drewboo July 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Do republicans have spell check yet?
Ira July 24, 2014 at 08:40 pm
David, I suppose I should have been more clear for people like you that have such a narrow mind.Read More Let me restate my statement. We must get rid of Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader and the determining factor for the actions of the Senate. And no, he is not a good man.
Taxpayer and voter July 24, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Let the Repubs fight it out...Nunn will win this November.
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Jeff Bridges July 23, 2014 at 08:06 am
Both of the bios you reference say he has been "a Judge", not "THE Judge" whichRead More is THE distinction I was trying to make. It is subtle, yet important to some.
Ed July 24, 2014 at 05:50 pm
So the judge elect uses language that you, an experienced editor, found misleading? And then youRead More have the paid mouthpiece tell you that you're wrong? Anyone else feel like at least we should have been kissed? Isn't what the pages say a lie?
Jeff Bridges July 24, 2014 at 06:10 pm
you can kiss this "paid mouthpiece's" ass, "Ed"
Organic peaches, nectarines and plums from a California supplier have been recalled for possible contamination. File|Patch
Paul Olmeda July 23, 2014 at 09:50 am
Georgians shouldn't be buying California peaches anyway.
Paul Olmeda July 23, 2014 at 10:14 am
CNN notes Kroger stores being part of the recall. Kroger should be one of the stores listed in thisRead More article.
Fatkat July 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Fruit sux
Cody Williams, charged with felony murder in the death of 16-month-old in Gwinnett County. WSB-TV screenshot
David Brown July 23, 2014 at 08:12 am
Debi, when I read this article, I also thought that women need to stop having sex before they'reRead More married. More often than not, the "baby daddy" disappears after the pregnancy.
Shaniqua Jenkins July 24, 2014 at 12:44 am
this whole case racest. he only got arested because he black. a white mens would never gots arrestedRead More for this. what we need is more strong musclar black mens in office like barack obama and louis farakan then our black children will quit bein arested for what they didnt do. this whole country racest.
Shaniqua Jenkins July 24, 2014 at 12:50 am
why my comment gone? this racest
Blood donors are urgently needed in Georgia, says the Red Cross. Donations are down 8 percent this summer. File|Patch
kevinsbusy July 23, 2014 at 11:30 am
I dont want to hear the American Red Cross declare an emergency blood shortage until they stopRead More judging gay males. No gay male is allowed to donate blood at American Red Cross. All blood is tested for HIV, so there is no longer a need for this restriction! Time to move past this!!
Elderly Georgia drivers would have to have a note from a doctor certifying they are capable of driving in order to keep their license under proposed legislation. Credit: Screenshot from WXIA
Brian July 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
75 seems a bit young for this.
LJM July 24, 2014 at 07:00 am
Everyone feel the same way about commercial airline pilots....surgeons...etc. Shouldn't matter howRead More old they are....everyone will have an oopsy every now and then....no biggie...
Marvin Mauldin July 24, 2014 at 09:33 am
Proposed by a lawyer? Hmm...
Attorney General of Georgia Sam Olens. Credit: Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
David Montgomery July 23, 2014 at 03:09 pm
Wrong. Pick up a Bible and read Romans 1:24-27.
Taxpayer and voter July 24, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Well, bully for Sammy boy! He is still living in the Dark Ages. While other States are movingRead More forward on this, he wants to go back. Maybe Sammy wants slavery and women not being allowed to vote back, too.
David Montgomery July 25, 2014 at 09:04 am
I'm in favor of retuning to Her original design when Men were Men. When the Man lead his family andRead More voted once for his family. When only land owners had a vote, because they had skin in the game. A simpler, more moral time in our nation's history. "Man invented his doom; first step was touching the moon."
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Laura Bordeaux July 22, 2014 at 05:11 pm
"residents should make sure they won't have to drive a few extra miles in order to cast theirRead More ballots." A more pressing problem is that several of these polling place changes involve areas where there is NO public transit. So, for folks without a vehicle who may have been able to walk to their polling place, this is an extra burden.
Kristal Dixon July 22, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Very true...
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