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Hawaii Healthcare Exchange on the Hook for Millions

In March, the state of Hawaii was notified that it was out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act because its Health Connector – the state-run insurance exchange - wasn’t financially stable at the outset of the year. Plagued by technical difficulties, a lack of enrollment, and higher-than-expected costs, Hawaii’s exchange is in danger of becoming the latest to fail, which would force the state to default to the federal exchange website.


Blue States Singing the Obamacare Blues

States that helped carry President Obama to victory in 2012, are now suffering at the hands of his signature legislation. Democrats hoping to avoid the repercussions of Obamacare are going to have a difficult time explaining away its failures in their own friendly states. Republicans are referring to it as the Blue State Obamacare Blues, with Colorado, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Oregon, Maryland, and Massachusetts all suffering varying degrees of embarrassment.

Help Stop Tax Hikes in Hawaii
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Help Stop Tax Hikes in Hawaii

Two bills aimed at dramatically hiking taxes on tobacco products are swiftly making their way through Hawaii’s legislature and Governor Lingle says she’ll sign the tax hikes!  Your elected officials need to hear from you right away to stop these proposals in their tracks.Take Action!H.B. 1175 would raise the cigarette tax by 40 cents/pack by July with even more scheduled increases still on the table.  That means by 2011, the state tax would be $3/pack.  Combine that with a new federal tax and that soon Hawaiians will have to pay over $4/pack in taxes alone!H.B. 895 is a similar scenario for smokeless tobacco products – the taxes just go up and up with no end in sight.That’s the troubling thing about these tax hikes – there’s no end.  Many states are facing budget gaps and deficits in these hard times.  But instead of trying to lighten the burden of hurting families and businesses the taxes are piling up.  Cigarette taxes are an unreliable source of revenue and when the funds don’t materialize the politicians in Honolulu are just going to come looking for higher taxes in more places.Hawaii has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.  And it’s going to get worse with this kind of tax hike.  Cigarette taxes unfairly single out a minority of taxpayers to dig Hawaii out if its budget hole. And in the meantime, it hurts small businesses who will see their revenue dwindle as people go to the Internet and black market to purchase cigarettes.The worst part is, Governor Lingle should know better.  She signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Governor Lingle has promised to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”  Signing this bill would break that pledge and certainly doesn’t protect taxpayers. Take Action and urge Governor Lingle to keep her promise – oppose and veto any an all efforts to increase taxes!