Policy advisor to offer solutions for Hawaii’s health care system

Goodman thinks Kaiser takeover of Maui’s hospitals could save lives



The Maui News

A national leader of health savings accounts and health policy will discuss better options for the state health care system and the public-private partnership involving the county’s three public hospitals at a lecture Jan. 11 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

John C. Goodman of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research will be appearing at the luncheon, organized by the Grass-root Institute of Hawaii, and speaking on the topic “Will Obamacare really be repealed?”

The Grassroot news release notes that Obamacare premiums are rising by 32 percent in Hawaii with families struggling to pay the higher cost. Incoming President Donald Trump has said that he will repeal and replace Obamacare, but Goodman says Trump’s plan “falls far short,” the news release said.

Goodman will outline solutions for Hawaii’s health care system that will still cover everyone with quality care, the news release said. He also will talk about how the public-private partnership involving Kaiser Permanente and county public hospitals Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital may save lives.

Goodman is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on health policy, with The Wall Street Journal calling him “the father of Health Savings Accounts,” the news release said.

His lecture runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alexa Higashi Meeting Room. There is a $20 fee. Register online at www.grassrootinstitute.org or call (808) 591-9193.


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