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Jones Act needs an update, and so does the Jones Act fleet

America’s federal Jones Act is old and in dire need of an update. Oceangoing U.S. ships sailing under the auspices of the Jones Act fleet are in a similar condition.  Now 101 years old, the Jones Act technically is Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, and requires

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Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

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The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

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Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Akina writes in Wall Street Journal about ways to fix Hawaii healthcare

The following is a “Reader Alert” that was sent to everyone on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s email list on Dec. 7 2021. _____________ HONOLULU, Dec. 7, 2021 >> Readers of The Wall Street Journal were provided a diagnosis over the weekend about what has been ailing Hawaii’s healthcare system. Keli’i Akina, president

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Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

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‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

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MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

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Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

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Jones Act needs an update, and so does the Jones Act fleet

America’s federal Jones Act is old and in dire need of an update. Oceangoing U.S. ships sailing under the auspices of the Jones Act fleet are in a similar condition.  Now 101 years old, the Jones Act technically is Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, and requires

Read More →

Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

Read More →

The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

Read More →

Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Akina writes in Wall Street Journal about ways to fix Hawaii healthcare

The following is a “Reader Alert” that was sent to everyone on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s email list on Dec. 7 2021. _____________ HONOLULU, Dec. 7, 2021 >> Readers of The Wall Street Journal were provided a diagnosis over the weekend about what has been ailing Hawaii’s healthcare system. Keli’i Akina, president

Read More →

Why is the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writing about Alaska?

The Jones Act is a federal law, which means any efforts to reform it will require finding allies and demonstrating how it harms other states Samuel Johnson reportedly said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” He meant, of course, the false and noisy patriotism used to cloak self-interest,

Read More →

‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

Read More →

Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

Read More →