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  •  Are you saying that $84,000 isn't enough (0+ / 0-)

    to be able to afford private health insurance in Hawaii?  That's apparently what the Hawaii state government thought but -- according to the RW -- isn't what happened.

    Here's the RW talking point:

    In March, the Aloha State implemented a program called "Keiki Care," which was ostensibly designed to provide health insurance to children whose parents’ income was too high to qualify for Medicaid (over $73,000) but too low to afford private coverage. The result of this coverage offering was an avalanche of private policyholders dumping their insurance coverage and enrolling in the "free" program, crowding out private insurers and so overwhelming Keiki Care that Gov. Linda Lingle (R) was forced to close the doors on the entire program only seven months after its inception.

    "People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for ‘free,’" said Dr. Kenny Fink, an administrator for Hawaii’s Department of Human Services.

    In all, a staggering 85% of children enrolled in Keiki Care had previously been enrolled in private insurance programs, which their parents had dropped like a hot rock when given the opportunity to have their neighbors pay for their children’s health coverage instead of doing so out of pocket. Seeing this, Lingle correctly judged that, in the face of massive budget shortfalls and a staggering economy, using taxpayer dollars to provide health insurance for people who already have it was not the best direction for the state of Hawaii to take.

    Personally, I think the governor's conclusion was incorrect. Any move towards single-payer and towards driving the insurance companies out of the health care business is a move in the right direction.

    Somewhere, there seem to be missing facts.  How did these families who were not supposed to be able to afford private health insurance (because the CoL in HI is so high) in fact have private health insurance that they could drop "like a hot rock" when given the chance?

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