Knock Doors for Medicare For All Now!

 

Let's join the nation wide wave of support for Expanded and Improved Medicare For All!

Join a 'how to host a canvas event' webinar provided by National Nurses Union and Knock Every Door here:

Tuesday 8/21 at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y7omr5ou

Monday 8/27 at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yaaj336o

Medicare For All is a federal bill, and it offers more efficiency than a state based plan can.  However, here  in Hawaii, we have the nations first Single Payer bill, HRS322H The Hawaii Health Authority, and it can dramatically improve healthcare in Hawaii.   The problem is, not nearly enough people or elected officials understand that we already have a remedy for our current health insurance premium spikes:  cut down on insurance bureaucracy!!  The only obstacle to implementing the law is the will of Governor Ige.

Health insurance costs will increase every year in Hawaii, resulting in a family of four costing $42,000 per year by 2026, according to Health Insurance Commissioner Ito.  This pov is accepted by Dr. Pressler, former head of the Hawaii Dept of Health, and by Senator Baker, Chair of the Health Committee, and Governor Ige also accepts this figure.  All three of them state that "there is no remedy other than decreasing utilization."

Well, let's get them to talk about simplifying health insurance.  Via the statutory authority of HRS322H The Hawaii Health Authority, it can lower costs this way:  create one benefit package with one set of billing rules which Medicaid, private, and Medicare Advantage companies will provide.  This is not single payer.  It is All Payer.  The state does not need to create a new entity.  It just creates the business plan by which existing insurance companies operate.  We can do this, we have the law to do this, but...

Hawaii is the only state which allows its governor to 'decide not to fund or staff' any law that the legislature passes.  If Governor Ige were to change his mind tomorrow, and call for a special session for 60 minutes, during which the legislature could approve a $250,000.00 line item in the budget to fund the Hawaii Health Authority's design process, then, that process would start.  Four to six months later the plan would be ready for submission to the legislature for approval.

Why not take a look at a plan with the existing statutory authority to redesign healthcare in Hawaii??  We need thousands of people to ask Ige to support the HHA.

We'll use the proven tactic of politely enjoying conversation with people by knocking on doors and asking them to join our lobbying efforts.

Lobbying efforts:

1.   Every Monday, call Governor Ige, post on his FB, his  twitter, and submit official requests to him via his website:  http://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/

Call Governor Ige:  (808) 586-0034   FB:  https://www.facebook.com/GovernorDavidIge/  Twitter:  @GovHawaii  Instragram:  @GovHawaii

2.   Call Bruce Anderson, the new head of the Hawaii Department of Health:                              1    http://health.hawaii.gov/
808-586-4400 (Voice)
808-586-4444 (FAX)

3.   Call Senator Baker, since she is the gate keeper for any health bill:

Senator
Baker Rosalyn H. (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 230
Phone 808-586-6070
Fax 808-586-6071
E-Mail: senbaker@capitol.hawaii.gov

4.   Additionally, call your own Rep/Senator.  Find their contact info here:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

5.  Sign up with Healthcare For All Hawaii's newsletter to stay informed of ongoing events.  We need to gear up now for the 2019 legislative session.

When you call, you can:

  1.  Let them know that you support the Hawaii Health Authority
  2.  ask them if they support the Hawaii Health Authority
  3.  if they don't support it, ask why.  Ask for a meeting to talk about it.  Feel free to share their reasons for not supporting it on our FB group Healthcare For All Hawaii, so we can discuss a solution for their concerns.

If they don't support it, and won't talk about it, then they are simply supporting expensive, profiteering health insurance rip offs.  We can continue to call them every week, and, we can recruit more people to do the same, until enough people are calling, every week.  Eventually, they will not be able to ignore us.

Regarding a federal bill, Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono have co signed Bernie Sanders Medicare For All bill, but, they are not focusing on it.  Call them and remind them that you want healthcare to drop from 18% of GDP down to 11% by wiping out unnecessary insurance bureaucracy.  That massive savings will allow us to afford high quality healthcare for everyone in a Universal system.  It will also lower the cost of business, which will restore manufacturing jobs to the USA, and it will reduce homelessness.

Tulsi Gabbard supports Medicare For All, but, she could do more for it: ask her to host a quarterly state wide healthcare town hall via FB live.  Her previous online town halls received around 5,000 people attending.  She could use her popularity to create more understanding how single payer can cut $800 billion out of our annual $1.1 trillion expenditure on admin overhead of healthcare.

Candidate Ed Case needs to hear from us on this topic.

Senator Schatz:  (808) 664-0062  https://contribute.brianschatz.com/page/s/contact

Senator Hirono:  (808) 522-8970  https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact

Representative Gabbard:  (808) 541-1986   https://gabbard.house.gov/connect

Candidate for CD1 Ed Case:  (808)  546-9509  https://www.edcase.com/contact-us/

Several national organizations are launching a street campaign; Hawaii can, too!

The first online tutorial is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 15, at 3:00 pm. Sign up on the link below!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyA9_Xg5eIl-T9Bfu-lpinZm-0l20KJHulYnt4KzjUcP9aVg/viewform

From http://www.healthcare-now.org

Knock Every Door.
- We are excited to announce that National Nurses United has launched a national Medicare for All field campaign in partnership with Healthcare-NOW, Our Revolution, Knock Every Door, and other progressive organizations.

Sign up to host a door to door canvass in your community!

SIGN UP
This campaign centers one-on-one conversations with our neighbors by going door to door to talk to them about Medicare for All and ask for their support.

No matter which state you live in, NNU will provide you with the training and materials you’ll need to build support for Medicare for All. Whether it’s a bill in your state’s legislature or demanding that your federal representatives co-sponsor the national Medicare for All bills in Congress, you can use these skills to get to work in your community.

And this isn’t just a typical canvass. The campaign is using a technique called “deep canvassing” that centers active listening, storytelling, and persuasion to build relationships with people at the door and highlight how our struggles are connected.

Join the campaign to learn more about these skills and how you can get to work in your community!

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Already busy with your own campaign? Don't have time to canvass because you're working on moving a particular legislator or advancing a bill? Email us to find out how you can incorporate canvassing into your work, or find out more about how to move a legislator through canvassing!

In solidarity,

Ben and Stephanie

Healthcare-NOW staff

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Healthcare-NOW is a grassroots organization that fights to end the health insurance crisis by educating and advocating for improved Medicare-for-All legislation, such as H.R. 676. You can unsubscribe from Healthcare-NOW's email list here.

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Post Primary, Talkin' bout a Revolution

Representative Kaniela Ing lost his race for CD1 in 2018 but he'll win in 2020.
 
He started soft, in October 2017, and then needed to focus on being a legislator, which left only a few months for serious canvassing. Without benefit of mainland or our local establishment funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars his way. Well, the big bucks came, but, they were pointed another way.
 
Keep in mind, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore out three pair of shoes while canvassing and campaigning for a  full year, and prior to beginning her well organized campaign, she was supported by a coalition of NY progressive organizations.
 
However, Kaniela Ing has brought us to the trail-head at the base of Mount Conquer Hawaii's Establishment. Around 150 dedicated volunteers are now assembled, trained, motivated, and able to begin the casual yet consistent task of campaigning as a hobby that is a part of a healthy lifestyle.  We have Kaniela to thank for charging at the windmills of power; he needs us to back him up, and we need him to continue his grass roots leadership. 
 
Kaniela's policies continue and expand upon Bernie Sanders policies. His campaign is the strongest continuation of Bernie's political transformation in Hawaii, so everyone who wants lower rent, higher wages, action on climate change and elevation of social issues, which is most people, needs all-of-us to bring the message of why Kaniela is their best 2020 candidate for CD1.
 
Relax, that's the cart, and it does not get placed in front of the horses. The horses are all the candidates who just won their primary election. They are our horses; lets saddle them with the agenda we want as they campaign for the general election on November 7.
 
Starting soon, two to six hours of campaigning per week by our existing group will grow into a permanently expanding core of active volunteers bringing this message to all of our communities. We start by building support for our issues, and asking people to communicate their desires to our general election candidates, now. Recently, a number of candidates have been making favorable statements about core parts of Kaniela's message, including Medicare For All.  
Have you read the house bill?  It's 15 pages, and lowers costs more than Bernie's version in the Senate.  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676  (Bernie's bill is a triumph of marketing.  Without certain compromises, he might not have received any co signers, so don't get upset about it's flaws.  We can fix those.)
 
Kaniela may be out of the election, but he changed the dialogue. He pulled the competition towards us. We don't have the fish in hand yet, but we do have a hand on the line.
 
His current loss is not a reason to let go.  Don't let go!
 
We must reel those candidates in even closer to doing more than agreeing with Medicare For All, legalizing recreational marijuana, etc., we need them to promote it and to teach why shifting resources from prisons to education, etc., is what we need and what we expect.
 
To Do List:
 
1. Promote our agenda with candidates campaigning for the general election
2. Use those efforts to promote a 2019 legislative agenda
3. Right now, we need to develop and then promote our 2019 Hawaii state legislative agenda
 
David Mulinix has called for a gathering of Progressives next Saturday at Magic Island, on Oahu, from 10 am to 3:00 pm This will be a perfect time to share and discuss.
 
 
So, he lost this race, but, silver lining, now he can focus full time on grass roots organizing, right Khara Jabola-Carolus?
How about Terez Amato?  Coming within an inch of unseating the largest obstacle to progressive policies in the Hawaii State Senate, Senator Baker.  Due to Senator Bakers position as Chair of the Senate Health Committee, and due to her unwavering opposition to Single Payer, we have a problem.
Don't quit on Terez!  She just about won, and is perfectly placed to continue leading legislative advocacy in Maui.  How about Raina Whiting, Tiare Lawrence, Randy Gonce, Heather Kimball, Koohan Paik Mander, Kim Coco, and others?  All of the great candidates who ran and didn't quite pass the finish line this year have expanded their own sphere; let's put our Ha into their sphere by following them, helping them, and working for the progressive agenda with every wonderful progressive leader in Hawaii.
Congratulations Amy Perruso, Matt LoPresti, Cedric Gates, Micah Kalama Pregitzer, Josh Green, Tulsi Gabbard, and yes, congratulations Governor David Ige. 
Yes, congratulations Congressman Ed Case!   (Did I hear that you support Medicare For All?)
Democracy is happening, we are fortunate to be a part of it, so please, everyone, stick with it and let's keep going!
Senator Mazie Hirono did, and look at her amazing career.
P.S. If you are in need of a good film, please enjoy http://www.fixithealthcare.com  The director is such a genius he made learning about Single Payer, Pharma, and campaign financing extraordinarily entertaining.
Dennis B Miller
Healthcare For All Hawaii
 
 

National Endorsements for Four Local Candidates

The national grass-roots organization which inherited Bernie Sander's political revolution has just endorsed Matt LoPresti, who is running for the senate seat vacated by Senator Will Espero.  Matt's opponent in that race recently quit her job as a lobbyist for a pesticide company, a Bio Tech company, and a property manager.  Her campaign is well-financed, and she is heavily spending on last-minute mailers; Matt needs all the volunteer help he can get in Ewa on Oahu.  Terez Amato is challenging Senator Roz Baker and this is an extremely important race, due to Senator Baker infamously killing many progressive bills in her capacity as Chair of the Senate Health Committee.  Raina Whiting, who is a new candidate challenging for House District 3 on the Big Island and Randy Gonce, running for House District 48 in Kaneohe are both vitally important for the cause of bringing people focused policies towards our Hawaii legislature; help them!

Volunteer for their campaigns!

Are you concerned about climate change, a living wage, affordable housing, universal single payer healthcare, housing the homeless, publicly financed elections, strengthening sunshine laws, stopping NextEra, and having your voice heard in government?

Get involved!

Share their information with your neighbors and check your neighbors, your family, your co workers; are they all planning on voting either now, at city hall election office, without needing to wait in line, or, on August 11, at their polling location?  This handy link will answer your voting questions:  http://www.hawaiipowerballot.com/

This handy link has all of their web sites, and, the other candidates endorsed by Our Revolution Hawaii:  http://www.ourrevolutionhawaii.org/endorsements/

This is Our Revolution's official list of endorsed candidates:  https://ourrevolution.com/candidates/

Let's make it happen!

 


Vote for these Progressives on August 11 2018!

 

Our Revolution Hawaii Oahu Chapter is dedicated to helping progressives state-wide get elected this August 11.  There are some other worthy candidates who we didn't have time to fully vet through our lengthy evaluation process, so if your favorite candidate isn't here, please post their info and why you support them in the comments section, and on our social media.

We need everybody to talk to everybody they know, and bring them to the polls on August 11.  Same day voter registration is available, partly thanks to the efforts of Representative Kaniela Ing.  This handy link will lead you to your poll and you can see all the candidates in each district:  http://www.hawaiipowerballot.com/

We know we want great healthcare without insurance company nonsense.  We know we want a living wage!  We know we want a home that doesn't cost half our pay check.  We know we need to see a massive shift in energy policy or else catastrophic climate change will wreak havoc on our planet. We know we need publicly funded campaigns and a ban on bundled donations from the industries who are used to 'influencing' (not bribing) our incumbents.

However, what many people don't know is how close we are to achieving that.  Many people will not vote because they think it's pointless.

Which means that you and you and you and each of us must be an ambassador with everyone of those people.  We need to represent the hope that comes from electing honest politicians who say No! to Big Money's domination of our government.

Please don't be shy!  Tell your family that we can make a difference and we can elect a new breed of politician, starting with this election, on August 11.

Bring the votes!


Kaniela Ing with The Young Turks and Jimmy Dore Show

Are you ready for Medicare For All, Affordable Housing, all human rights, legalizing recreational marijuana, domestic investment not Haliburton giveways for wars which never end?

Are you ready for a serious effort to immediately respond to climate change?

Share these videos with your friends.  Cenk Uyger and Jimmy Dore give Kaniela Ing the spot light our local news will not.

Cenk talks about how Ed Case has earned over a million dollars from lobbying for Outrigger Hotels over the past 18 months.  This might not be a shameful act. Hotels have a right to lobby for their interests.  Just a few years ago Hawaii's hotels succeeded in lowering the room tax they pay from 11% to about 9%.  Good for the people of Hawaii, or the hotel owner?

I support Kaniela Inge because he has a track record of working for people focused policy rather than donor driven debacles, such as private health insurance: that's a major debacle. Defective public contractor bidding leaving many public schools without A/C is another. Why are we installing costly new central AC systems when we could install quiet, lower cost wall-mounted AC, powered via roof top solar?

Because we don't elect a progressive majority in the legislature, or in congress.

 

Red Alert: We do have of an election system which normally results in incumbents coasting through elections on the back of bundled donations. That system is in place, and will continue, due to only 20% of Hawaii's eligible voters voting in each primary, until enough of us grab our family, grab our friends, make new friends and get all to show up and vote on August 11. Can we bump that 20% only figure to a record-breaking 35%? If we do, our candidates will win. In 2008 about 35% of us voted. Let's make that figure jump to 40% and get the congress we want!

Fun Fact regarding Medicare For All:  there are some common concerns, such as, what happens to all the insurance industry workers who will lose their job?  Happily, due to the massive savings from immediately ceasing to waste around $800 billion dollars per year on non medical administrative overhead of health insurance, the House Bill HR676 Expanded and Improved Medicare For All spells out $20 billion dollars just for guaranteeing full pay for two years for all displaced insurance workers, with the pay capped at $100,000 per year.  If HR676 is passed, all insurance workers will get a two-year paid vacation. Possibly the CEO's and executives who receive bonuses as indirect compensation for their bundled donations to establishment democrats and republicans might feel that an annual salary of $100,000 doesn't pay for a yacht, but, so be it.  Please check www.fixithealthcare.com and www.pnhp.org to learn more about Medicare For All.

Now for the great news: Kaniela has been receiving outstanding exposure on mainland news shows.  Please see Cenk Uyger go to town on Kaniela's opponents:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6m3EJBS9c8

And here with Jimmy Dore:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raoSm97vGk8&t=253s

Unregistered voters can register to vote on August 11 at their polling station. So, no excuses!  Let's break the establishments back and elect a true progressive leader!

From filling pot holes to system wide restructuring, we need honest, bold candidates such as Kaniela Ing.

 

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kaniela_tyt?refcode=tyt_7918

 

 

http://www.hawaiipowerballot.com/

https://www.kanielaing.com/

https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-legislature-support-universal-single-payer-health-care-introduced-as-a-bill-in-hawaii-in-2017?recruiter=9811641&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition


Vote For Randy Gonce!

 

 

Randy Gonce was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in Hawaiʻi and was one of the veterans who went and stood in solidarity with the water protectors and the Native people's at Standing Rock in 2016. Randy has been open about his experiences as a medical cannabis patient and his support for the legalization of cannabis. A graduate of the Kuleana Academy’s candidate training program and a participant of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s National Candidate Training, he has publicly stated that he will be running a 100% grassroots campaign that will not depend on corporate interests for support.

With Randy in the legislature, we will be a good step closer to: Single Payer Healthcare via the Hawaii Health Authority, Bail Reform instead of spending $600 million on a prison we don't need, transparency in public contracts, and publicly financed campaigns, affordable housing, sensible investment, and protecting our unions.  Many politicians listen.  Randy is a natural at listening deeply so he can respond in a pono manner with effective action.

As you know, we can expect about 20% of Hawaii's eligible voters to vote in the August primary.  All of us must work to bring our family, bring our friends, make new friends by talking up the importance of our civic duty to vote for honest candidates; let's do this and elect Honest Politicians the August 11!

If people are not registered to vote, they can register at their polling place on election day.  Just show them https://elections.hawaii.gov/voters/polling-places/ this link.

Are you ready to vote and bring the voters?

 

Sources:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hawaii4Bernie2016/permalink/1734551756625229/

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/patients-providers-arent-waiting-dispensaries

https://www.civilbeat.org/2017/08/chad-blair-academy-teaches-aspiring-leaders-how-to-change-the-world/

https://www.facebook.com/randy.gonce/posts/10154577379521578

https://www.civilbeat.org/2016/07/hawaiis-berniecrats-from-volunteers-to-candidates/

http://www.randygonce.com/

https://www.facebook.com/randy.gonce/posts/10156072739626578


Vote for Raina Whiting, HD3: Hawai'i Needs Good Honest Politicians!

Aloha Big Island Candidate Raina Whiting!

Thank you for supporting people focused policy over donor driven debacles, such as private health insurance: that's a major debacle.  Defective public contractor bidding leaving many public schools without A/C is another. Why are we installing costly new central AC systems when we could install quiet, lower cost wall-mounted AC, powered via roof top solar?

Because we don't have a progressive majority in the legislature.

And of course, an election system which normally results in incumbents coasting through elections on the back of bundled donations.  That system is in place, and will continue, due to only 20% of Hawaii's eligible voters voting in each primary, until enough of us grab our family, grab our friends, make new friends and get all to show up and vote on August 11.  Can we bump that 20% only figure to a record-breaking 35%?  If we do, our candidates will win.  In 2008 about 35% of us voted.  Let's be 2008 style excited!

Unregistered voters can register to vote on August 11 at their polling station.  However, to save time, they can still register to vote at city hall's election office.

From filling pot holes to system wide restructuring, we need honest, bold candidates such as Raina Whiting.

For an example of bold 'system wide' restructuring, please review this 2009 website.  It is describing a law which is opposed by Governor Ige (but voted for by Senator David Ige in 2008) and is supposed to design Universal Healthcare for Hawaii:  http://hha.hawaii.gov/

In a nut shell, that law will result in everyone in Hawaii having quality healthcare via one set of billing rules, which each insurance company will follow.  All Payer, not Single Payer.   "One set of billing rules," will dramatically improve healthcare access and end our catastrophic - if you are the one paying for it - healthcare costs.  If you are not paying for it, such as 1/3 of Hawaii who relies on Medicaid, then your access to doctors will improve as completely and immediately as the doctor who now sees your Medicaid as the identical twin of private insurance.  Both will be easy to bill, with the same reimbursement rates, and Medicare Advantage will be folded in, with an improved, portable, benefit package.

Who will no longer receive the excess money we are currently wasting on the worlds most expensive healthcare system?   HMSA and the device and pharmaceutical companies they contract with.  Sorry, Charlie, we just want healthcare, not "Managed Care Insurance."

Voting For Raina Whiting is voting for a government you can trust. From single payer healthcare to climate change, from clean elections to fixing our schools, we need honest politicians elected to our Hawaii State Legislature.

Dennis B Miller

 


Voting for Healthcare Candidates is how we 'get money out of politics.'

Just a few more weeks until August 11 rolls on by; will we elect pro Single Payer candidates?

It's time for Medicare For All, it's time for Universal Single Payer Healthcare, it's time to clean up our government by voting for candidates who say No! to large donors and Yes! to Healthcare For All in Hawaii!

Healthcare is 40% of our Hawaii State budget, and our premiums will increase at 6.5% per year resulting in a family of four, in Hawaii, costing $42,000 per year by 2026, unless we begin to stand up to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobby.

Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors to vote on August 11 for candidates who pledge to support the Hawaii Health Authority at the state level, or Medicare For All in congress.

This is not a complete list of all candidates who support the Hawaii Health Authority, but it's a good start.  More posts will be coming.  Please contact your candidates and ask them to publish their support for the Hawaii Health Authority on their web pages, and reply in the comments with the names of others who are supporters.

Let's make it happen!

Kaniela Ing needs your support in the CD 1 race

Raina Whiting House District 3

Terez Amato Senate District 6

Kim Coco Lt. Governor

Amy Perusso House District 46

Brenda Ford Senate District 3

Cedric Gates House District 44

Matt LoPresti Senate District 19

Tulsi Gabbard CD2

Randy Gonce House District 48

Natalia Hussey-Burdick House District 3

Ikaika Hussey City Council District 6

Heather Kimball Senate District 4

Benton Rodden House District 23


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