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A dangerous multiple felon on a work line at Ala Moana Beach Park ? Let me guess: No restraints of any kind were in use and there were too few guards assigned to the work detail.
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Haleiwa Dad

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Medical costs are high in the US because Americans, relative to other nationalities, are sedentary, overweight, and eat too much of the wrong things, and doctors are very good at fixing them up. Fixing things that are broken due to poor preventive maintenance is expensive. We get what we pay for. We get cadillac care and the results show it. American health care has better outcomes for cancer, heart disease, and many other difficult to treat diseases because we have learned how to do it. Pharmaceuticals cost more because we invent more drugs that work well, and invention is expensive.
Providing free repair services for more people in a poor lifestyle population, with a similar # of providers, will not lead to lower costs. It will lead to higher usage, then to rationing. Death rates in America are generally not compared apples to apples. When you take out our high rates of violent fatalities (many societies lack our urban centers' fatherless youth violence), and realize that we count every single baby, premies and all (most societies way undercount infant mortality), our populations health statistics are actually similar to many others to whom we're often unfavorably compared, and, again, our cadillac medicines' outcomes are demonstrably better, comparing condition to condition. That's why people flock here from all over the world to get that care!
The accident, after WWII, that put health insurance with employment, so employers could compete for workers during wage freezes, does skew costs, but access to care is provided to the uninsured. Several thorough studies show, in fact, death rates for those without insurance are not higher than for those with insurance. HMO's were bringing costs down in the 80's and early 90's but became political whipping boys for (surprise) denying coverage for desired procedures! The debate is not about health care, it is about whether forcing everyone into the pre-paid pool of the insured is how we want to exercise our democracy's political power over a people that has generally been at liberty in this regard. Compulsion, or freedom? Much could be solved by simply requiring that the uninsured sign a waiver and agree to pay their own costs, expand charity clinics and fund direct care for poor walk-ins, limit illegal immigration, make catastrophic coverage widely available (State controls often prevent such policies from being sold), and get the insured into plans that have the patient disburse the funds directly, putting pressure on prices. Whenever someone else is paying, the price pressure is always up, not down. But when the big payer flexes muscle, prices are forced down at the cost of availability (that is, rationing occurs). People, there is no free lunch. But democratic politics exists to give power to those who promise such a meal, and as diners move on to another meal the productive in society pay the tab, later. The national debt will be a drag on our children & their children far worse than the productivity problems the letter writer frets about. National health-care runs up the debt, debases the currency, must ration care, and subjects a free people to the ministrations of an unanswerable bureaucracy at the most personal and vulnerable time, when sick. Don't make that bargain!

Since: Nov 09

Kahului, HI

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Responding to Allison Evans. They will blame this on a shortage of guards because of budget cuts rather than admit that it was a shortage of common sense.
Tax Paying Citizen

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Dr. DeWeert, I'm not a doctor so I won't comment on the state of health care in this country other than to say that when needed it was there for me and mine.
Now just who do you think is responsible for the federal budget/deficit?
We the taxpayers.
If the cost of doing business with any Democrat health care legislation increases the deficit, we the people will be left holding the bill.
So the federal budget/deficit does impact our economic society. Simple as that.
Beckett

Hilo, HI

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Dec 20, 2009
 
Haleiwa Dad wrote:
Medical costs are high in the US because Americans, relative to other nationalities, are sedentary, overweight, and eat too much of the wrong things... Pharmaceuticals cost more because we invent more drugs that work well, and invention is expensive... Whenever someone else is paying, the price pressure is always up, not down... The national debt will be a drag on our children & their children...
Of course, why didn't anybody else think of all of this!?! It's not like healthcare is a for-profit industry. If you factored THAT in to the equation, this whole quote would be gibberish.
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

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"The solutions are to have prosperous countries assist underdeveloped Third World countries build economies to achieve self-sufficiency, to allow freedom to trump oppression and dictatorships, and create economic freedom in the world where the have-nots can join the haves."- Sen. Fred Hemmings
25th Senatorial District-
Fred, as a senator from Hawaii, that's some pretty big thinking.
Fred for president?
Joe The Vice President

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Yes Dr. DeWeert,

It's like I've always said, "We must give to each according to his need, and take from each according to his ability."

If the North Koreans can provide their citizens with 100% health coverage then so can we.

Hope, Fear, Change, ect. Joe "Pluggsy O'Biden".
Pat

Honolulu, HI

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Sen Hemmings, I suggest that you check www.democracynow.org for Amy Goodmans excellent coverage about the Copenhagen Climate Conference for the truth.She reported from there. President Morales of Bolivia gave a thoughtful interview. The smaller nations are legitimatly asking that US and the Industrial Nations stop the polution practices that are destroying the planet and threatening the existance of their countries and the well being of their citizens. I realize that the Hawai'i media did not cover this most important conference, altho, Hawai'i existance depends on change now in practices.Obama let the world down on yet another issue. Ron Paul is probably the only decent Republican along with Hawai'i Cynthia Thielan who have the best interest of the planet over profit and greed as a priority.
Haleiwa Dad

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Beckett wrote:
<quoted text> Of course, why didn't anybody else think of all of this!?! It's not like healthcare is a for-profit industry. If you factored THAT in to the equation, this whole quote would be gibberish.
Hey, Becket, you're so brief it sounds like sarcasm and an obscure but (to you only?) supposedly obvious point. Could you make a well-intentioned reply and flesh out your argument a bit?
geeee

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Dec 20, 2009
 
not common sense, these inmates are afforded these rights. so don't blame guards. they are given these opportunity by the programs section and then given the chance to get ready for release, regardless of what they did. don't ask for too much, a person will get nervous if their background convictions are check. if guards had their way, no one goes out. any comments?
Joe The Vice President

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Those of you who think it's funny that the global hoax....er warming summit took place in a snow storm can kiss my frost bit azz.

I wish you all Hope, Change, and Long Underwear....xoxo Pluggsy.
tama2cool2

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Dr. Deweert, the main problem of the health care package that you miss and others ignore or know nothing about is this. It's called constitutional muster. It would never pass. It may pass in spite of it, but that will prove to be one of the last steps in this nations' downfall. You see, providing health care for the citizens of this country is not in the duties or responsibilities of the federal government. Forcing citizens to pay for health care is slavery of the worst kind. Forcing the citizens of this country to pay for those not insured whether or not they want to is slavery also. For you and others who take the socialist view that we all gotta be "equal" are the same ones who ignore the truth that each man must fend for himself and his family. It is folks like you who would have us all working to support strangers. Niiice.(something we already do..in part)
The Joker

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Dec 20, 2009
 
For the life of me, why would one even consider committing a crime when You are an island. You can't escape!
wharfrat

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Dr. Michael DeWeert... Are you ready to give free medical to those who have paid nothing into it and on demand pick our pockets and tell us to "shut up"... The politicians who think they are so almighty better than us (the hoi-polloi) demand we give them all our $$$ and they will redistribute it as they see fit. After they cook our medical goose they will cook our housing goose and force banks to give us loans we do not have to pay back (oops - they already did that). So I guess they will once again pass more phony legislation to rip more $$$ off us to fund long term care for anyone and every one, regardless if they are citizens, legal or illegal, all comers who can get to our shores. To better facilitate all this free medical and long term care (paid for by us hoi-polloi nothings) they are opening up the borders to let anyone in, and they will close all customs/immigration at airports to allow anyone who can get on a plane to enter freely and partake of all they have gracefully given to us. Bye bye freedoms, bye bye USA. What a shame. The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves. What they sacrificed to give in order that we could have the best country on earth. Apparently they should not have bothered.
Tax Paying Citizen

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Found this on line. If true, then the talk about the big bad insurance companies is not true, or limited to just a few. So this might be what we will all have to look forward to. Dr. DeWeert, are you listening to the voices on this forum?
"According to the American Medical Association’s National Health Insurer Report Card for 2008, the government’s health plan, Medicare, denied medical claims at nearly double the average for private insurers: Medicare denied 6.85% of claims. The highest private insurance denier was Aetna @ 6.8%, followed by Anthem Blue Cross @ 3.44, with an average denial rate of medical claims by private insurers of 3.88%
In its 2009 National Health Insurer Report Card, the AMA reports that Medicare denied only 4% of claims—a big improvement, but outpaced better still by the private insurers. The prior year’s high private denier, Aetna, reduced denials to 1.81%—an astounding 75% improvement—with similar declines by all other private insurers, to average only 2.79%.
Maybe there’s something to be said for the need to keep your customers satisfied in order to make that profit after all."
MeStillAlive

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Haleiwa Dad wrote:
Several thorough studies show, in fact, death rates for those without insurance are not higher than for those with insurance.
The studies I've seen suggest this is not so. The uninsured have higher death rates. Makes sense that the uninsured would have less preventative treatment or testing, and also poorer quality care in cases of accident or trauma. Do you have links to the studies you mention?
wharfrat

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The uninsured sometimes get much better care (and free) than the insured do since they go to the emergency room and then get all kinds of free test, etc. I have to get my tests OKed first!
Just walk, stroll, stagger into an emergency room and ....

By the way, death rates are the same for all of us ... 100%.
lolohaole

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How come you always voted against
the Hawaiian bills Fred? If your so
into the have-nots.
the hipocrasy of american democracy
lolohaole

Aiea, HI

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Howcome you went to Hana to push
your monarchial agenda using the outbackdoor approach? Leon Siu
But you failed Leon cause the
people of Hana dont want Kings
and queens they just want their
stolen lands back!
Plus you cant be for total independence
and still worship the haole god
of Israel!
No Akaka Bill!
MeStillAlive

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Dec 21, 2009
 
wharfrat wrote:
The uninsured sometimes get much better care (and free) than the insured do since they go to the emergency room and then get all kinds of free test, etc. I have to get my tests OKed first!
Just walk, stroll, stagger into an emergency room and ....
By the way, death rates are the same for all of us ... 100%.
First, I don't think that emergency care is ever "free." That some may be unable to pay when the bill comes may be true, but that doesn't make it free. And I'm not sure how one can walk into an emrgency room and get, for instance, a free mammogram or colonoscopy. Common sense says if you have insurance you are more likely to go in for tests and treatment than if you don't. And for that reason more people die from preventable causes than people with insurance.
Haleiwa Dad

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MeStillAlive wrote:
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The studies I've seen suggest this is not so. The uninsured have higher death rates. Makes sense that the uninsured would have less preventative treatment or testing, and also poorer quality care in cases of accident or trauma. Do you have links to the studies you mention?
Sorry, I searched my records and cannot back that one up with a specific reference, but I recall the author had several sources and all were long term and thorough studies. I am no scholar of the subject, and must work long hours to keep my business going and over 100 people employed.. Just keep this in mind, no one who really needs medical care is not getting it, generally, in this country. And most illness-type deaths come from lifestyle diseases that are palliated, not cured, by the medical establishment. Overall death rates being skewed by violence and auto accidents, it is hard to sort all this out. I just don't believe that making full coverage medical insurance mandatory, then limiting the fines for the young opt-outs, and effectively eliminating cheaper, catastrophic insurance, just sets us up for a perfect storm whose answer will be,'ta-da!' single payer. Then the government has us by the short and curlies. Liberals hate greed. I hate political ambition unchecked by opposing ambitious people. I love our constitution. I don't see that it calls for the Federal government to be archiving my medical records and deciding what I will and won't be treated for when I'm elderly.

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