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By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.

With politicians debating the future of the federal Affordable Care Act, it may be helpful to take a step back and consider the role of government in health care generally.

We’ve become accustomed to hearing about the benefits of heavy government involvement in health care on the national scale. But there’s also a benefit to looking at much smaller examples, such as the system of government-run hospitals in Hawaii.

Long in a state of financial and managerial crisis, the state-owned hospitals were … Read more: