As this month's issue of EBN is arriving in your mailbox, let us hope that the world indeed has not gone to hell in the proverbial handbasket - October 1 being one of those first, tangible deadlines for the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions: the official launch of the public health care exchanges. As Managing Editor Andrea Davis discusses in her story on page 14, that symbolic first step has, like the other deadlines looming on the very near horizon, sent many in the industry into a tizzy.

All of this pre-reaction to change is entirely understandable considering the mass confusion still lingering about many of the actual details. My only advice is to - like those terrible Internet memes - keep calm and see what happens. Mark my words: 2014 will be much weirder. As will the years to follow.

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