Two Rotary Clubs donate $87,000 of home medical devices to FODAC

As a new sales tax on medical devices affects consumers, two Rotary Clubs in metro Atlanta have gathered and donated more than $87,000 worth of devices to a non-profit based in Stone Mountain that distributes them at little to no cost to recipients.

The sales tax, of 2.3 percent, is part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax is projected to raise $20 billion over seven years to help pay for health care, according to AdvaMed, a trade group.

‘No mob, no coup, no insurrection,’ but not quite ‘We, the people’ either

We, the people have had a grand wallow of binding ourselves together over the past few days, from the tribal frenzy of the NFL playoffs to the lofty visions of togetherness celebrated on the King Holiday, to the second inauguration of Barack H. Obama, president of the United States.

The difficulty some still have in swallowing the last clause of the preceding sentence gave U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, by now the South’s longest-serving and most seasoned political leader, a tricky assignment Monday. As co-chair of the inauguration committee, he was the only Republican to speak at the swearing-in ceremony.

Alexander seemed to be speaking directly to his party’s most disaffected when he recalled the words of his fellow Tennessean Alex Haley: “Find the good, and praise it,” repeating the admonishment twice more for emphasis in a two-minute speech.

Georgia facing healthcare fiscal cliff if it refuses federal Medicaid expansion

By Guest Columnist PAT GARDNER, state representative for House District 57 (D-Atlanta)

Two important healthcare issues loom large for the General Assembly beginning January 14th.

Legislators will engage in a hot debate and intense negotiations over the renewal of a hospital assessment fee.

They will also consider a related issue — whether Georgia takes advantage of federal funds available to families newly eligible for Medicaid. And that one seems a nonstarter at this point. Why? Short term vision.