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Health Care and Life Expectancy Among Americans

by Pearl Hahn Following my blog post about health care systems in France and Cuba compared with the United States, a wise reader, Joe Speroni, was compelled to write me an enlightening message concerning data for infant mortality rates and life expectancies. Many (including columnist Paul Krugman) make the mistake

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2009 DOE Trim the Fat Contest Exposes Waste: THE WINNERS!

Contestants Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies GRIH The first-ever DOE Trim the Fat Contest, co-sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii, generated more than 100 ideas for ways the Department of Education (DOE) can cut costs without resorting to employee furloughs or

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Superintendent Hamamoto Taking Chancellor Rhee’s Lead?

by Pearl Hahn In June 2007, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty surprised the nation when he selected Michelle Rhee, seen as an unlikely choice, as chancellor of the capitol’s public schools. In doing so, he sent a signal that it would not be business as usual in the district. Problems plaguing

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Government Waste Not Just On Oahu

by Pearl Hahn Who can forget the time Kauai residents joined together to complete a $4 million road repair, which was estimated to take two years, in only eight days and for free? While providing an uplifting lesson about what is humanly possible, the story also paints a grim picture

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Before You Move to France, or Even Cuba

by Pearl Hahn   Yes, it’s true that the United States is one of the few industrialized nations in the world that does not have some form of nationalized health care.  Thank your lucky stars. If you move to France, you would be moving to a country whose health care

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Townhall Turnout Shows Debate Isn’t Over

by Pearl Hahn On Tuesday night, over two hundred people gathered at McKinley High School for Charles Djou’s health care forum. I was granted the opportunity to speak about Hawaii’s failed experience with employer mandated insurance. Dr. Linda Rasmussen imparted key information about the need for tort reform while Bruce

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Townhall Meeting on Health Care Tonight

by Pearl Hahn At this time, no town halls discussing health care reform are planned in August by Hawaii’s congressional delegation. Considering how town hall meetings on this vital topic have been hosted by representatives across the country, this is a shame and an affront to Hawaii citizens. Fortunately, Councilman

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Higher Taxes Hurting Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn It has not been an easy year. Everyone has been touched in some way by the economic recession, but everyone also disagreed on how it would be best addressed. State workers battled Governor Lingle over furloughs, and labor unions wrangled over pay cuts. In an effort to

Read More →

Health Care and Life Expectancy Among Americans

by Pearl Hahn Following my blog post about health care systems in France and Cuba compared with the United States, a wise reader, Joe Speroni, was compelled to write me an enlightening message concerning data for infant mortality rates and life expectancies. Many (including columnist Paul Krugman) make the mistake

Read More →

2009 DOE Trim the Fat Contest Exposes Waste: THE WINNERS!

Contestants Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies GRIH The first-ever DOE Trim the Fat Contest, co-sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii, generated more than 100 ideas for ways the Department of Education (DOE) can cut costs without resorting to employee furloughs or

Read More →

Superintendent Hamamoto Taking Chancellor Rhee’s Lead?

by Pearl Hahn In June 2007, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty surprised the nation when he selected Michelle Rhee, seen as an unlikely choice, as chancellor of the capitol’s public schools. In doing so, he sent a signal that it would not be business as usual in the district. Problems plaguing

Read More →

Government Waste Not Just On Oahu

by Pearl Hahn Who can forget the time Kauai residents joined together to complete a $4 million road repair, which was estimated to take two years, in only eight days and for free? While providing an uplifting lesson about what is humanly possible, the story also paints a grim picture

Read More →

Before You Move to France, or Even Cuba

by Pearl Hahn   Yes, it’s true that the United States is one of the few industrialized nations in the world that does not have some form of nationalized health care.  Thank your lucky stars. If you move to France, you would be moving to a country whose health care

Read More →

Townhall Turnout Shows Debate Isn’t Over

by Pearl Hahn On Tuesday night, over two hundred people gathered at McKinley High School for Charles Djou’s health care forum. I was granted the opportunity to speak about Hawaii’s failed experience with employer mandated insurance. Dr. Linda Rasmussen imparted key information about the need for tort reform while Bruce

Read More →

Townhall Meeting on Health Care Tonight

by Pearl Hahn At this time, no town halls discussing health care reform are planned in August by Hawaii’s congressional delegation. Considering how town hall meetings on this vital topic have been hosted by representatives across the country, this is a shame and an affront to Hawaii citizens. Fortunately, Councilman

Read More →

Higher Taxes Hurting Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn It has not been an easy year. Everyone has been touched in some way by the economic recession, but everyone also disagreed on how it would be best addressed. State workers battled Governor Lingle over furloughs, and labor unions wrangled over pay cuts. In an effort to

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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