Health care with the Aloha spirit
A public health expert from Hawaii took his turn in utter exasperation: "We've already run the experiment and come up with the solution! All you have to do is see what we did and copy it!" In short, what Hawaii did was cover nearly everyone, funded by a modest hike in the payroll tax. The last I knew, they offered all people of working age three major options: an HMO for little or nothing aside from the payroll tax, a fee for service plan with very modest premiums, and a version of Medicaid for those who would otherwise fall through the crack. Hawaii would put the private plans up for bid every couple of years, with intense competition for price and quality.
Oh yeah, Hawaii covered nearly everyone for substantially less per person than on the mainland where we don't cover 10s of millions. Cheaper insurance, better quality, everyone's covered, and all within the free market. It seems like a Blue Dog dream.
I've heard it argued that for various reasons, Hawaii has a healthier population, but still! Why the media blackout?