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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Report: Research Funding for Burns School of Medicine Uncertain
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 10237 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

The University of Hawaii continues to publish groundbreaking discoveries from their mesothelioma research efforts. But does the precarious state of our American research universities put mesothelioma research in jeopardy?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pine: Reopening HMC West a Top Priority
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:18 PM :: 5131 Views :: Health Care

As City Councilwoman, I will continue my work with stakeholders to expedite the process to reopen the former HMC location because nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Health Insurance? No need: Abercrombie promises to dump Prepaid Health Care Act
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 20193 Views :: Health Care

Abercrombie’s campaign platform portrays abandonment of the Prepaid Act as a step to “Develop a System of Universal Healthcare.”  It is exactly the opposite.  In the fine print, Abercrombie focuses squarely on managing the State’s finances so “costs are controlled so that we can collectively afford the system and pay for it in a way that is fair and sustainable. We need to create efficiencies out of the current incoherence in our system, create incentives and opportunities for cost-effective preventive healthcare….”

It’s all about the money.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Abercrombie Pretends Obamacare is not Attack on Prepaid Health Care Act
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 5340 Views :: Health Care

“Here in Hawai'i, we already have our Prepaid Health Care Act, which enables a vast majority of our residents to be insured...."  (Then why is he trying to dismantle it?)

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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Undercover Video Catches Hawaii Planned Parenthood Offering Sex-Selection Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 13093 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Life

In Honolulu, the Planned Parenthood counselor “Rogue” tells the woman it is okay to have multiple abortions of girl pregnancies so long as the abortions are spaced far enough apart....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oxycontin Contributions: Clayton Hee, Josh Green, Karl Rhoads and HB466
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 16476 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Drugs

...the bill would help doctors who make money prescribing narcotic pain relievers ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 7442 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden ....

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Monday, March 5, 2012
Conference: Abercrombie Admin Renews Push to Impose Medical Homes
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 5848 Views :: Health Care

“Forty years ago, Hawai'i’s groundbreaking Prepaid Health Care Act gave us an enduring advantage in health insurance coverage,” said Dr. Tsang. “However .... "

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 5797 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Full Text AG Louie: Assisted Suicide Not Legal in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 11710 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Life

Word comes from state Sen. Josh Green, a doctor who had asked for the opinion from Attorney General David Louie....

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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Abercrombie Doubles Down on Policies Which Killed HMC Hospitals
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 8594 Views :: Health Care

This week’s closure of Hawaii Medical Center hospitals in Ewa and Liliha—with the loss of 1,000 jobs--will be the first of many unless the Abercrombie administration abandons its suicidal policy of dismantling the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Hawaii Physicians Rally Against Assisted Suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 AM :: 9391 Views :: Health Care, Life

There will be a panel presentation on the current status of PAS in Hawaii at the Capitol auditorium on December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Abercrombie's Medicaid Cuts based on Obamacare Requirements
By Selected News Articles @ 11:04 AM :: 6072 Views :: Health Care

...states are already responding to Obamacare’s “maintenance of effort” clause and the anticipated 2014 expansion by cutting services....

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Friday, October 21, 2011
No Gag Order in Hawaii Blind-Deaf School Homosexual Rape Gang Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:21 AM :: 12044 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care

...Scott O'Neal, the counselor named in the lawsuit, and his lawyer, Randall K. Schmidt, fired back with a request to enjoin Green from making further media statements to ensure a fair trial....

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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Report: Abercrombie’s effort to dump Prepaid Health Care Act will drive Debts to 90% of GDP
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 5128 Views :: Health Care

“the key driver of increasing state and local expenditures is health-care costs, especially Medicaid and subsidies for health-insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.”

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Monday, August 15, 2011
Lawsuit: Adult counselor engaged in questionable activities with students at Blind, Deaf School
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 8514 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

The mother, Jane Doe, claims that the "defendants had actual or constructive knowledge of what was going on."

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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Micronesians: “Its just better in Arkansas”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 27491 Views :: National News, World News, Health Care, Cost of Living

Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii can’t afford Micronesians.

All four members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation say Micronesians are “unsustainable.”

Arkansas disagrees.

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Monday, June 6, 2011
DHS: Thousands of ghost names on Hawaii Medicare, Medicaid Rolls
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 12040 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

“Where we are required to do sampling and have found that of those in our sample who can be identified, roughly 7% to 10% of them are not eligible. In an additional large number of cases, we are unable to receive information to make a determination. So it could be much greater.”

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Friday, May 20, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie squares off with Maui Nurses
By Video @ 1:09 AM :: 11364 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

Listen carefully to the nurses in this video. They are ready to dump the HGEA.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Obamacare: HMSA announces statewide scheme to cut costs
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 7951 Views :: Health Care

Big news release which can be condensed into one word: RATIONING.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Hawaii Nursing Home Care costs 58% more than National Average
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 12197 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The median annual rate in Hawaii for a private nursing home room is $122,640 per year, greater than the national rate of $77,745 per year.

Nationally, the median annual cost of long term care in an assisted living facility is $39,135, an increase of 6.0 percent annually over the past six years. In Hawaii, the annual cost of assisted living care is $45,900 ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Pay-for-Performance in Medicare Could Do More Harm Than Good
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 4922 Views :: Health Care

In 2012, Obamacare will create the “Value-Based Purchasing Program” in Medicare. Using a pay-for-performance scheme, the program will reimburse hospitals and other health care providers at different rates based on how they score on performance measures chosen by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Friday, February 18, 2011
Slom: Feds not investigating Palafox
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:03 PM :: 7071 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

KITV reported that the accusations against Dr. Palafox may have been false and driven by two DOH employees he was about to lay off. Information I have confirms that the Federal Government does not view Dr. Palafox as one under any investigation.

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Monday, January 31, 2011
Full Text: Obamacare ruled unconstitutional -- Again
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 5840 Views :: Health Care

"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void."

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Friday, January 28, 2011
Abercrombie Administration admits lying about Palafox withdrawal
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 12485 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

Adding to its developing reputation for secrecy, the Abercrombie Administration has now clearly lied about at least one aspect of the sudden withdrawal of Dr Neal Palafox’s DoH nomination.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Palafox subject of Fraud Investigation? Abercrombie’s DoH pick withdraws
By Selected News Articles @ 10:39 PM :: 12930 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

Governor Abercrombie’s nominee to head the State Department of Health, Dr Neal Palafox MD, has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration. HNN and the Star-Advertiser report that Palafox may be “involved in a medical reimbursement investigation.”  Palafox was picked over Senator Josh Green MD of Kona.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 12849 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Highest suicide rate in US: Hawaii DoE highschoolers
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 16106 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Judiciary, Life

According to 2009 YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) data, Hawai‘i high school students had the highest self-reported prevalence of considering suicide (19%), the highest for making a plan (16%), the highest for attempting (13%), and the 4th highest prevalence for being treated for a self-inflicted injury (4.5%) in the country. 

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
$400M Medicare/Medicaid scam run by parent of Ohana Health Plan
By Andrew Walden @ 12:55 PM :: 9812 Views :: Health Care

The company said it expected to settle the civil damages case for $137.5 million. That is in addition to $80 million WellCare agreed to pay in May 2009 to defer criminal prosecution on a felony charge of fraud....

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Monday, July 12, 2010
HSTA demands candidates oppose funds for disabled students
By Andrew Walden @ 4:38 PM :: 8281 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

From question #7:

“HSTA opposes any legislation to provide public funds for tax subsidies (tax credits, tax deductions) or vouchers for private education, religious or home school expenses, or inclusion of vouchers within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Psychologists dump 'Gay Gene' theory
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 15385 Views :: Family, Health Care

Are same-sex attractions biologically determined?  Most people are under the impression that they are.  Organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), have helped propagate the idea. 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Lingle veto protects QUEST from Legislature
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 4530 Views :: Health Care

Under HB 2085 HD1 SD2, the Lingle-Aiona Administration, through the State Department of Human Services (DHS), would be prohibited from soliciting proposals for new QUEST contracts exceeding $100 million.  These contracts could only be put out to bid by the new DHS administration, which will not be in place until December 2010 at the earliest.

(In other words, the Leg wants to make sure the contracting process generates campaign contributions for them.)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cadillac Tax is back: Obamacare to tax union workers’ health plans, gut $350M from Hawaii State budget
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 7244 Views :: Health Care, Labor

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.  (Those are UNION-negotiated health plans.)

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"We don't allow dogs to breed" Eugenics Sterilization Squad arrives in Hawaii: Star-Bulletin says “not racist”
By Andrew Walden @ 3:45 PM :: 13362 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Drugs

Hawaii can’t figure out how to kick drug addicted homeless people out of the parks and sidewalks in order to force them into shelters where they can get help, but apparently induced sterilization is now an option.  Today’s SB Editorial, “Voluntary (sic) sterilization can serve good purpose”, reveals that an eugenics group has been quietly working in Honolulu.... 

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Friday, February 12, 2010
Malulani Hospital offers Maui an alternative to MMMC’s “downward trajectory”
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 11382 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Malulani Foundation offers solutions to the very serious problems faced by HHSC and MMMC. Our community can start fresh, with a new hospital and a new vision for healthcare on Maui.

Dr. Ron Kwon started the process for the original Malulani Group to bring a new hospital to Maui and was not successful. Dr. Kwon was very disappointed, left the island and is now affiliated with a major hospital in Boston.

The goal of Malulani Foundation is to bring a private, full service, state of art, 450 bed teaching hospital to Maui which will provide further needed diversity for economy to Maui and a source of jobs for our Maui people.

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Monday, December 28, 2009
Legislative Report: Convert HHSC to non-profit, dump civil service (full text)
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 AM :: 24404 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Stroudwater didn't pull punches:  "HHSC is in a financially perilous condition. It received a 'Going Concern' finding as part of its 2008 independent audit report, calling the future financial viability of the organization into question. Its liquidity is at dangerously low levels with barely enough current assets to meet current liabilities. It is far behind in its payments to vendors (80+ days). The age of its facilities and other physical assets are well above national averages. Its future viability is at risk, particularly if the State is unable to provide increasing levels of operating subsidies for HHSC going forward."

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Monday, September 14, 2009
PHOTOS: Hundreds in Hawaii protest Obamacare
By Andrew Walden @ 2:37 PM :: 14426 Views :: Health Care, TEA Party

Photos from rallies in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Lahaina, Kahului, Lihue . . . . 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Obamacare debate rages in Hawaii -- but no townhalls scheduled here
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 5893 Views :: Health Care

A Web search shows Hawai'i is the only state that hasn't had the public town hall forums this month.... there have been none of the outbursts because there have been no town hall meetings in recent weeks as the health reform issue heated up.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009
NRO: President Obama, Hawaii, and Dodgy Certificates (of Need)
By Selected News Articles @ 8:07 PM :: 10800 Views :: Health Care

... if you want to know how state enterprises really feel about competition, take a look at Obama’s home state of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, August 2, 2009
Hawaii Hospitals: Not Quite Catching Up To Africa
By Andrew Walden @ 7:06 PM :: 23547 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Health Care

Originally published July, 2007, this article outlines the effect of government-controlled health care on Hawaii.  Since Hawaii's system has been pointed to as a model for socialized health care, other Americans may be interested to learn the fate which awaits them.

In the wake of a heated fight over construction of a privately funded hospital on Maui, the Hawaii Health Services Corporation (HHSC) is moving to improve its facilities by agreeing to provide Hawaii patients with equipment available in some African hospitals....

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Saturday, September 15, 2007
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Blocks Kauai Drug Treatment Facility
By Andrew Walden @ 6:20 AM :: 14749 Views :: Kauai County, Health Care, OHA, Drugs

Kauai residents, including minors, have been required to leave the island for inpatient drug rehabilitation services ever since Serenity House was destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. After 14 years of waiting, Kauai Mayor Brian Baptiste broke ground on a new inpatient treatment facility at Hanapepe near the Salt Ponds in August 2006.

But now, thanks to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), construction has been halted and the location may be abandoned.

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