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Forget the phones — let's talk about health care!

Heather Stauffer
Heather Stauffer

First — how about that surprise employer mandate delay announcement?

What did you think? How is it going to affect you? As always, I'd love to hear from you.

On my side, it was just over a year ago when on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — on the same week I started working for the Business Journal having had no background in health care.

Although I definitely have a better idea what's happening now, this unexpected news feels a bit like a yearly cycle of extreme disruption. I could do without a recurrence, thanks.

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Undoubtedly you have conversations coming up this (long!) weekend.

Some of them should be about health care.

By "conversations" I do not mean "fights."

Health care is important, it affects everyone — and I feel confident in saying that Obamacare* and 2014 will make a bigger splash in history than Y2K and 2000 ever did. (The delay of the employer mandate is obviously going to spread out the impact a bit — but the general thought stands.)

Surely you talked about Y2K.

For that matter, surely you talk about your latest electronic gadget of choice — cellphone, tablet, glasses, watch, what have you, what want you.

I've heard you, ad infinitum.

I was setting this up to say "health care is more important than cephones and therefore you should talk about health care more than you do cellphones," but on consideration that has a couple of weak spots, notably that cellphones are usually politics-free zones and health care is not.

But regardless of its relative value in comparison to cell hones, health care is just flat important, and it's changing, and as a culture we should be talking about it.

So ask your friends how Obamacare is affecting their companies, their families, their wallets. If they know what's coming. What they think about it. What they're doing about it.

You might learn something. And you can start circulating the fabulous tagline I just created for this fledgling movement: "Forget the phones — let's talk about health care!"

*I've started using the term since seeing this study.

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And now, so as not to be hating on electronic gadgets too much, I recommend that you take a look at "140 Health Care Uses for Twitter." And "Robots Took My Blood."

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Librarians: They do everything.

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This story isn't new, but it's definitely a relevant read as the cycle of insurance market revelation continues.

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"On What Do Health Economists Agree?" fascinated me.

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Finally, I hope you didn't miss "Supplies & Demands" in our Health Care Report a few weeks ago — or any of the rest of the publication, for that matter. "Despite Billions Of Dollars Saved, Congress Tries To Thwart Medicare's Competitive Bidding" is an entirely different look at the subject.

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at You can also follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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