‘Peter Boy’ tragedy might bring re­forms

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - INSIGHT -

Be­fore an­other keiki dies, I pray that Lil­lian Koller’s e-book on Peter Boy Kema ex­pos­ing fail­ures in Hawaii’s child pro­tec­tion sys­tem moves of­fi­cials to make much-needed re­forms.

Eleni Davis Ka­pahulu sin­gle-payer for all Amer­i­cans at her town hall, she equiv­o­cated. Un­for­tu­nately, this is what we hear from a num­ber of cor­po­rate Democrats.

“If you are un­able to af­ford an at­tor­ney, one will be pro­vided at no charge,” the law says. We need the same thing for doc­tors. Around 50 other coun­tries know that uni­ver­sal cov­er­age is the only sys­tem that can re­ally work. It takes us away from pre­mi­ums, co-pays, high risk pools, net­works, de­ductibles, tax cred­its, health sav­ings ac­counts, pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions, etc. Sim­ply put, every­one is cov­ered. Just as I pay for public ed­u­ca­tion, po­lice, fire, roads, parks, mil­i­tary, pen­sions and other pro­grams, I ex­pect my taxes to pay for health care for all.

This is a plea from mil­lions of Amer­i­cans: We ask Mazie for the same com­pas­sion that she has re­ceived, for all of We the Peo­ple.

Jim Quimby Ka­palama

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