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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

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Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — HB224, on creating exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

Read More →

Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

Read More →

Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

Read More →

Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — HB224, on creating exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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