Experts to speak at forum on Affordable Care Act at Northside center
by Michelle Babcock
November 02, 2013 10:10 PM | 4136 views | 6 6 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — A forum on the Affordable Care Act is set for Tuesday after a handful of residents decided there needed to be an open discussion and more information about the act and health care exchange.

Lisa Murad was one of about a half dozen residents who worked on putting the “Straight Talk About the Affordable Care Act” forum together for Tuesday, and she said that the goal is to inform the community so they can make their own decisions.

“The idea for a non-partisan Afford-able Care Act forum for the north Georgia region culminated as a result of the tremendous lack of information about how to access the marketplace exchanges because of the seriously challenged ( website, the dearth of support at the state level and conflicting information flowing in the media,” Murad said. “We also happen to be a group of friends, concerned citizens, business owners, employees and students, all potentially impacted by the Affordable Care Act law.”

The forum will be at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.

The first session is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the second session will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The forum is free to attend. Experts in the fields of medicine, health care, wellness and business will speak at the forum, and will be available between sessions to answers questions.

“Liz Dintelmann is the UGA Navigator for our north Georgia region that includes Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Pickens and Hall counties. She will talk in depth about Marketplace exchanges for the individual and family, eligibility, tax credits and the variety of enrollment avenues beyond and including,” Murad said.

Murad said individuals, families, small business owners, students, employees, self-employed people, early retirees and unemployed people could all benefit from the information and expert panel at the forum.

“In addition to our very prestigious slate of speakers from Morehouse and Emory, we are very pleased to have enlisted the services of John Haslinger, vice president of advisory services for ADP (national payroll and employee benefits corporation),” Murad said. “Mr. Haslinger will provide critical tips for small business owners trying to navigate the complex compliance requirements.”

Haslinger is also featured in the small business benefits webinars of the health care website and has spoken on behalf of small businesses as they relate to the law’s corporate requirements, Murad said.

Murad said each session at the forum will include a 30-minute period for people to ask questions of the speakers.

Pre-registration is available at or by calling (770) 345-3489, and refreshments will be provided.

“Hopefully, the result will be an elevated statewide conversation that is fact based and solutions oriented. Like any new major public policy program, changes will need to be worked out, something that requires the input of all affected,” Murad said. “The purpose of the forum is not to sell, but to understand.”

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lisa murad
November 06, 2013
Apparently, there is some confusion between clicking the "Like" button of a group on Facebook and actually being a card carrying member. Gentleman/Ladies (Not making any assumptions about "Riigghhtt's" identity here), but if we in fact accepted your assertions based on the info you gleaned from visiting my personal FB page,then I would also be a card carrying member of the Georgia Republican Party for which I am connected to on Facebook as well. In fact, I am connected to Johnny Isakson and Saxby too. In fact, I have many e-mails from Johnny and Saxby who have taken time to respond to my communications with them. I am a member of the Cherokee County Democratic Party. I was even their 1st Vice Chair last year and a state committee member for a year. But, I assure you that my politics run right center of Democratic philosophy. You would not know that,unless you knew me personally. I am considered to be a moderate by most folks on the right and left. IF I was actually, the extreme fluffy left wing extremist that you claim that I am, there is no way I would have bothered to work so hard to put together the ACA Forum and bring you John Haslinger, Executive Vice President of Strategic Advisory Services for ADP - the international payroll and benefits corporation to talk about how the ACA is creating a real problem for corps of 50 or more employees. But, Bill Bryan did not attend the forum, so he would not know anything about the content of the forum. And Mr./Ms. Riigghht who does not have the courtesy to use his or her real name here, could not possibly understand the true spirit and invaluable wealth of knowledge shared for bi-partisan purposes unless he/she was one of the attendess with whom I spoke with during the forum. Many of my closest friends ARE card carrying conservatives. They know I am hardly the person you describe here. Mr. Bryan, you in particular should be ashamed as I believe you are the same Bill Bryan who invited me to have lunch with you and other city council members last year for some help with envisioning and marketing Downtown Canton. I suppose I misunderstood your sincerity that afternoon. I am clear now however on your willingness to misrepresent the facts.
Patrick Thompson
November 06, 2013
To those intent on preventing people from learning about a law and how it may affect their families and their business, I do wish you would grow out of K-4. Mrs. Murad and others, regardless of Party, paid for the event out of their own pocket, held an open invitation for education (not debate)and spent their own time trying to attract nationally-renowned, high level experts to our County so citizens could get educated for themselves. At no time was Party affiliation mentioned nor any Party derided - just the facts, no matter how uncomfortable. What the attendees and speakers found in Cherokee County instead were a few Tea Party people with a stated interest in "protecting insurance companies" bent on protesting the Affordable Care Act in front of the Northside Medical Center as people from 6 different Counties entered and these few chose to disrupt the speakers with Tourette-syndrome-style chants including one that included "Hitler". Yelling at those seeking healthcare solutions and insurance coverage for their loved ones and to experts trying to deliver education is disrespectful and misdirected. Voicing your opinions with your legislators and at the voting booth is the place to add your voice. Some people made good connections, learned something and went away with a good investment of their two hours - others chose to embarrass themselves and our County with their grade school antics. I tend to focus on the people who got helped and the good people who volunteered their time to help our citizens. Thank you to the Satcher Leadership Institute, ADP, Emory, UGA Extension Navigators, Enroll America, Georgia Highlands, Healthcare Students Taking Action and others who volunteered their time to help the people of this area.
November 04, 2013
Come to the meeting and see what the speaker have to say for themselves. They were asked to speak based upon their expertise and achievement in their respective fields not for their political affiliations. Then if you think this is biased, well then continue to speak of which you do not experience.
November 04, 2013
Did anyone think to check Ms. Murad's credentials?

With her being part of the Cherokee Young Democrats, the Bartow Young Democrats, the North Georgia Progressive Council, Young Democrats of Cobb County, etc.. I am sure that we will be receiving a completely non-partisan and "straight talk" view into the healthcare debate.(That previous statement was sarcasm for those of you that may be impaired regarding such a statement.)

If it were truly going to present solutions, maybe having a ACA "Navigator" there along with someone to present an opposing viewpoint (of which there doesn't appear to be one on the agenda) might be a good idea. Why are we trying to disguise this as non-partisan when it is quite clear that this is nothing more than a cheerleading forum for ObamaCare and the Democratic message?

At least be up front and say that this is a democratic meeting trying to sugar coat the ACA for everyone to make it sound more palatable. Pathetic.
Bill Bryan
November 05, 2013
Ms. Murad is a nice lady who really means well. Unfortunately she is part of a socialist group who uses the formerly well respected name of "Democrats" to push their radical, liberal, nanny state agenda onto the backs of hardworking American people. Thanks anyway but the President already told us everything we need to know. He said, "You can keep your same doctor". He said, "You can keep your same policy". He said, "You will save $2,500 a year". These have all proven to be lies. So to Ms. Murad and her group I say: Nice try Cherokee Democrats but we don't need any more "help" from you guys. You've done enough.
Patrick Thompson
November 06, 2013
This was not a debate. This was an Education Forum. If you attended and listened, it was not sugar coated. The facts were supplied - good and bad. Everything in life is not a debate nor is it a conspiracy. Many people got the answers to their questions about how to take advantage of this law in their own lives, that of their loved ones, and their businesses.
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