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Balancing public health and ‘Let Hawaii Work’

Hawaii News Now reporter Steve Uyehara spent a few minutes on Monday, May 11, 2020, with Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to talk about the institute’s “Let Hawaii Work” petition. Akina talked about the need for balance between Hawaii’s legitimate public health concerns and the dangers posed in

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How FDA and CDC made COVID-19 crisis worse

Hawaii’s economy has been suffering enormously because of the coronavirus lockdown, and much of the blame can be traced to the federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was the view of Jacob Sullum, a nationally syndicated columnist whose writings appear every Saturday in

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Is Hawaii taxing health care to death?

For more than a month, Hawaii has been taking aggressive measures to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, to curtail its impact on our fragile health care system. One worry has been that Hawaii doesn’t have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii’s tax system be a reason for

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Faced with challenge, the human spirit shines

Photo by Mark Coleman Enough bad news. It’s time to celebrate resilience and the human spirit.  Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the government struggle to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen individuals and the private sector rise to the challenge. Automakers are retooling their factories

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VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

With expertise in both genetic science and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Mai Wang has set her sites on helping find a solution to the coronavirus crisis facing the world today. The former Honolulu resident, now living in Hong Kong, was interviewed Monday, March 16, 2020, by Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on

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Sick economy is a medical threat, too

Gov. David Ige is worried about Hawaii’s ability to respond to a crisis like the coronavirus threat. He’s not the only one. Our governor spoke earlier this week about his discussions with the Centers for Disease Control and other federal agencies regarding his concerns about how our remote location makes it

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Tax waiver could help cure Hawaii doctor shortage

We often criticize politicians for attempting to “solve” social problems with new programs and legislation — for good reason.  Too often their proposed solutions would be expensive and ineffective or, worse, simply fail to address the root causes of the problems in question. It’s the reason we say minimum-wage hikes

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Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

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Taking back our right to choose medicines

Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions More Available,” the pair talked about how drug

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How to fill Hawaii’s vacant health care jobs

When we talk about why so many Hawaii residents are leaving the state, we usually think about young people just starting out. But those aren’t the only ones we are losing. The “brain drain” also has hurt us when it comes to critical professions. For example, the Healthcare Association of

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Balancing public health and ‘Let Hawaii Work’

Hawaii News Now reporter Steve Uyehara spent a few minutes on Monday, May 11, 2020, with Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to talk about the institute’s “Let Hawaii Work” petition. Akina talked about the need for balance between Hawaii’s legitimate public health concerns and the dangers posed in

Read More →

How FDA and CDC made COVID-19 crisis worse

Hawaii’s economy has been suffering enormously because of the coronavirus lockdown, and much of the blame can be traced to the federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That was the view of Jacob Sullum, a nationally syndicated columnist whose writings appear every Saturday in

Read More →

Is Hawaii taxing health care to death?

For more than a month, Hawaii has been taking aggressive measures to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, to curtail its impact on our fragile health care system. One worry has been that Hawaii doesn’t have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii’s tax system be a reason for

Read More →

Faced with challenge, the human spirit shines

Photo by Mark Coleman Enough bad news. It’s time to celebrate resilience and the human spirit.  Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the government struggle to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen individuals and the private sector rise to the challenge. Automakers are retooling their factories

Read More →

VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

With expertise in both genetic science and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Mai Wang has set her sites on helping find a solution to the coronavirus crisis facing the world today. The former Honolulu resident, now living in Hong Kong, was interviewed Monday, March 16, 2020, by Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on

Read More →

Sick economy is a medical threat, too

Gov. David Ige is worried about Hawaii’s ability to respond to a crisis like the coronavirus threat. He’s not the only one. Our governor spoke earlier this week about his discussions with the Centers for Disease Control and other federal agencies regarding his concerns about how our remote location makes it

Read More →

Tax waiver could help cure Hawaii doctor shortage

We often criticize politicians for attempting to “solve” social problems with new programs and legislation — for good reason.  Too often their proposed solutions would be expensive and ineffective or, worse, simply fail to address the root causes of the problems in question. It’s the reason we say minimum-wage hikes

Read More →

Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

Read More →

Taking back our right to choose medicines

Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions More Available,” the pair talked about how drug

Read More →

How to fill Hawaii’s vacant health care jobs

When we talk about why so many Hawaii residents are leaving the state, we usually think about young people just starting out. But those aren’t the only ones we are losing. The “brain drain” also has hurt us when it comes to critical professions. For example, the Healthcare Association of

Read More →