U.S. State of Washington’s Governor Inslee Signs Dental Health Bill for FSM & COFA Citizens

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U.S. State of Washington’s Governor Inslee Signs Dental Health Bill for FSM & COFA Citizens

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—In part due to the ceaseless commitment towards advocacy from the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN), on May 8th, 2019, the Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor of the U.S. State of Washington, signed into law Washington State Senate Bill 5274, which creates a dental care program for residents of the state who are citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Specifically, Washington State Senate Bill 5274 extends oral health insurance to low-income Micronesian citizens, treating the citizens of our Nation and the other Freely Associated States essentially equivalently with U.S. citizens for this purpose.

The bill was passed unanimously in Washington State’s legislature, with legislative sponsors including Washington State Senators Hasegawa, Hunt, Wilson, Billig, Nguyen, Conway, Das, Frockt, Keiser, Randall, and Saldana, with advocacy from CANN and its partners, including the Children’s Alliance of Washington and the Washington Commission on Asian Pacific Affairs.

“There continues to be growing bipartisan support for the Micronesian community, and many lawmakers have come around to better understand, and befriend, the Micronesian community,” said the Honorable Joe Enlet, the FSM’s Consul General in the U.S. State of Oregon and the President of CANN. “[However], all credit should be given to the community members themselves who have participated in advocating for these bills…. Community members have had legislators attend their community functions like weddings, birthday parties, and funerals.”

The signing of Washington State Senate Bill 5274 is one of many recent demonstrations of solidarity between the FSM and its U.S. partners, particularly in the U.S. State of Washington and the U.S. State of Oregon. For example, in the U.S. State of Washington all low-income Micronesian citizens are eligible for healthcare coverage in a manner essentially equivalent to how U.S. citizens living in the state are treated.

In the U.S. State of Oregon, recent legislation include a driver’s license bill (which extends full-term driver’s licenses to Micronesian citizens), a resolution to recognize the Compact of Free Association (COFA), a COFA Premium Assistance Program (which provides medical coverage for low-income Micronesians in Oregon in an equivalent manner to U.S. citizens in Oregon), and a Law Enforcement Bill (which allows citizens of the Freely Associated States to be eligible for careers in law enforcement).
“There are two other bills under review at the Oregon legislature,” said Consul General Enlet. “The first is a tuition equity [fairness] bill, which will make Micronesians qualify for in-state tuition at all public colleges in Oregon…the second is a bill that provides dental coverage for Micronesians in Oregon,” similar to the recently passed Washington State Senate Bill 5274.
The FSM National Government expresses its most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Government and people of the U.S. State of Washington, and the U.S. State of Oregon, for their bipartisan and genuine support for the Micronesians who live among them; the FSM National Government similarly extends its appreciation to all who advocate for fair and equal treatment.

The FSM is dedicated towards producing positive and peaceful relationships with all countries and peoples throughout the world. The Nation’s relationship with the USA is both special and unique, and it is the hope of the FSM National Government that the FSM and USA will always have such a special partnership, to include additional U.S. States following the leadership of the U.S. States of Washington and Oregon in their bipartisan support for our citizens residing in their lands.

Interested in learning more about the special relationship between the FSM and the USA? Visit the website for the FSM Embassy in Washington D.C. here: http://www.fsmembassydc.org/

Comments

  • Why are blue states, like Hawaii, most racist against Micronesians? Democrats, that's why. No such problems in red states.
  • Yes, "good news."

    More of that horrible U.S. "socialism" now extended to COFA citizens. Wonderful!

    Socialistic, government-provided medical care! LOL
  • This is not socialism this is capitalism at work. You want socialist healthcare look at Venezuela and Cuba. that's how good socialism and government funded healthcare work.

    Thanks for the laugh @factsmatter...I really needed it.
  • You really are clueless, aren't you. You don't even understand that this news story is about the GOVERNMENT paying health insurance costs for low income COFA citizens. That's a form of socialism, not capitalism.

    In capitalism, health insurance is only available to people who can afford to purchase it. The government in a capitalist/free market system does not help people pay for healthcare.

    Didn't they teach you that in socialist Russia? LOL
  • "GOVERNMENT paying health insurance costs for low income COFA citizens. That's a form of socialism, not capitalism."

    That's not socialism, socialism is when the government pays for the healthcare by itself. whereas in this case we the people get taxed to pay for this dental health bill. Other insurers will kick in and help out with this bill. You want socialist healthcare look no further than the now gone Obama care which forced others to get it or get penalized. I know what you are thinking, you are thinking this is like Norways healthcare system but Norways healthcare and government aren't socialist.

  • Sorry Bernie (US Socialists) Bros But Nordic Countries Are Not Socialist
    As the American left embraces a platform that continues to look more and more like a socialist’s dream, it is common for those on the right to counter with the example of Venezuela as the nightmare of socialism in reality. A common response from the left is that socialism (or democratic socialism) works just fine in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. It is certainly true that Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark are notable economic successes. What is false is that these countries are particularly socialist.

    The myth of Nordic socialism is partially created by a confusion between socialism, meaning government exerting control or ownership of businesses, and the welfare state in the form of government-provided social safety net programs. However, the left’s embrace of socialism is not merely a case of redefining a word. Simply look at the long-running affinity of leftists with socialist dictators in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela for proof many on the left long for real socialism.

    To the extent that the left wants to point to an example of successful socialism, not just generous welfare states, the Nordic countries are actually a poor case to cite. Regardless of the perception, in reality the Nordic countries practice mostly free market economics paired with high taxes exchanged for generous government entitlement programs.

    First, it is worth noting that the Nordic counties were economic successes before they built their welfare states. Those productive economies, generating good incomes for their workers, allowed the governments to raise the tax revenue needed to pay for the social benefits. It was not the government benefits that created wealth, but wealth that allowed the luxury of such generous government programs.

    Second, as evidence of the lack of government interference in business affairs, there is the fact that none of these countries have minimum wage laws. Unions are reasonably powerful in many industries and negotiate contracts, but the government does nothing to ensure any particular outcome from those negotiations. Workers are paid what they are worth, not based on government’s perception of what is fair.

    A third example of Nordic commitment to free markets can be found in Sweden which has complete school choice. The government provides families with vouchers for each child. These vouchers can be used to attend regular public schools, government-run charter schools, or private, for-profit schools. Clearly, the use of government funds to pay for private, for-profit schools is the opposite of socialism.

    We can also confirm these isolated facts by looking at a comprehensive measure of capitalism relative to socialism. The Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based, pro-free market, think tank, compiles a worldwide ranking of countries called the economic freedom index. Its website explains that its ranking “is an effort to identify how closely the institutions and policies of a country correspond with a limited government ideal, where the government protects property rights and arranges for the provision of a limited set of “public goods” such as national defense and access to money of sound value, but little beyond these core functions.” Clearly, a socialist country should perform poorly in any ranking based on these principles.

    What we find, however, is the Nordic countries rank quite high on this index of economic freedom. In fact, while Hong Kong and Singapore top the list and the U.S. ranks 12th, we can find the Nordic countries in quite respectable rankings. Denmark ranks 15, Finland 17, Norway 25, and Sweden 27. In terms of numerical scores, Sweden is only 5% lower than the U.S. For further comparison, South Korea and Japan, both considered fairly pro-free market, rank 32 and 39, respectively.

    Socialism can take the form of government controlling or interfering with free markets, nationalizing industries, and subsidizing favored ones (green energy, anyone?). The Nordic countries don’t actually do much of those things. Yes, they offer government-paid healthcare, in some cases tuition-free university educations, and rather generous social safety nets, all financed with high taxes. However, it is possible to do these things without interfering in the private sector more than required. It is allowing businesses to be productive that produces the high corporate and personal incomes that support the tax collections making the government benefits feasible. The Nordic countries are smart enough not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

    If the left insists on naming a system of generous government benefits combined with a free market democratic socialism, I cannot stop them. That seems unnecessarily confusing since the government is actually running no industries other than education (and meddling somewhat in healthcare). It certainly isn’t socialism. In fact, the only reason most such countries can afford those benefits is that their market economies are so productive they can cover the expense of the government’s generosity. Perhaps a better name for what the Nordic countries practice would be compassionate capitalism.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2018/07/08/sorry-bernie-bros-but-nordic-countries-are-not-socialist/
  • @factsmatters, this is compassionate Capitalism. And just another way of the US following through with its end of the cofa agreement.

    You want socialist healthcare and how it wonderful it works look at Venezuela and Cuba and China. People from these countries flee to the US because socialism is good. lol....Whats happening in this thread is not socialist healthcare but capitalism aka compassionate Capitalism.

    Thanks for the laugh and for showing us that you are a socialist.
  • Yes, "compassionate capitalism"....as exemplified by this famously compassionate guy. LOL
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  • @FacrsMatter, This is not about Trump but the economic system in place that allows this dental law to pass thar covers cofa nation citizens in the US. What system of economy the US has? Answer: Capitalism!

    Not socialism like you claimed. I know you are a socialist but please don't try to give credit to socialism for this. If you want to talk about socialist healthcare you have Venezuela and Cuba and China and North Korea, Those countries are the socialists eutopia. These socialist countries are so good in giving socialist healthcare that the citizens of these countries flee to the US to escape healthcare for all.

  • While we all know that you know everything, Mr. Grim Reaper, you don't know anything about me at all. (I am not a socialist, for example, but I know that democratic socialism is part of the U.S. system...including Medicaid, Medicare, Pell Grants, EBT food stamps, HUD housing and many other social welfare programs.)


    You really need to learn the differences between communism, national socialism, and democratic socialism. Cuba, China and North Korea are communist countries, not socialist democracies.

    Countries like Norway, Denmark, Canada, United Kingdom, and most other western democracies that help needy people with medical, housing, public education, and other services are democracies that have incorporated socialist practices.

    Welcome to the 21st century, my friend

    I hope it is not too late for you to go back to school to learn more history and political science. Good luck!
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    @FacrsMatter, listen to Chairman Nikita Khrushchev ( Former Premier of the Soviet Union ) a communist leader.

    He was and is right. little by little We are being lead towards communist by Democrats.

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  • "

    You really need to learn the differences between communism, national socialism, and democratic socialism. Cuba, China and North Korea are communist countries, not socialist democracies
    "

    Here is what The founder of the communist country of the Soviet union had to say about Socialism and Communism.

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    Communism, National Socialism, Democratic Socialism are all the same thing. Just fancy names in English. Cuba, China and North Korea and Venezuela are all socialists- communist countries. Only a fool would argue that they are not.

    Socialism-Communism-Facism-Nazis all followed the same economic policy and social welfare policies. The collectivism Trumps individual liberty in all communist-socialist countries. This is what we are seeing in the Democrat party.
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    "Countries like Norway, Denmark, Canada, United Kingdom, and most other western democracies that help needy people with medical, housing, public education, and other services are democracies that have incorporated socialist practices."

    Here is the answer to your false claim that Nordic countries are socialist.

    Danish PM in US: Denmark is not socialist
    Speaking at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen told students that he had “absolutely no wish to interfere the presidential debate in the US” but nonetheless attempted to set the record straight about his country.

    "I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” Rasmussen said.
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20151101/danish-pm-in-us-denmark-is-not-socialist
  • Democratic Socialism is a new thing. Not part of the US system. The overall system in the US is capitalism free market. You would do good to cite China and Venezuela and North Korea as example of countries with socialist system in place that have socialist healthcare.

    You are a socialist. You have shown the signs of a socialist in here on many occasions. You hate religion, you don't support individual rights, you prefer collective right over individual right, you disagree with anyone who's opinions are different than yours and have called for shutting down of other users i here right to free speech, you want free shit, and you want medical for all which the chinese and soviets and hiter and north Koreans also fought for.

    You hate to admit it but you are a socialist.
  • Just like your Liar-in-Chief, you spout lies like the professional liar you are. Nothing you wrote above is true. But keep on trying. Chances are you will eventually say something that is actually true and factual.

    But I have yet to see it from you, Trump's propaganda puppet. Sad.
  • @FacrsMatter, no sir I'm not lying. You are. How can i be lying when Nikita and Lenin both leaders of socialism-communism have both stated that socialism leads to communism.

    Thanks for the laugh and your admission of being pro socialism and communism, both are interchangeable and both don't allow freedom of speech and all the freedom Trump is trying to protect.
  • Thanks for edifying our libtards, Reaper. They may be communists, but they are fellow Micronesians, nonetheless.
  • Its sad to see that this are the folks who are in the party that gave us JFK. Everything JFK fought for are the opposite of what todays Democrats are fighting for. JFK was adamant anti communist and anti socialist yet now days his party is trying to install everything JFK fought against.

    Look how FacrsMatter try to gloss over socialism and communism by calling Democratic Socialism. Collectivism is the hallmark of socialism-communism. Yet we are let to believe that they are different from one another because the word Democratic comes before socialism.

    North Korea calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. I wonder why?
  • That's because companies pay a lot of taxes and provide employment to citizens so they can earn and pay their own way through life. Not like lazy unproductive socialist libtards living on welfare expecting to be spoon fed by the public.
  • Sorry, trumptard, but you are wrong again. Read, learn, and then tell the truth...if you can.

    60 Fortune 500 Companies Avoided All Federal Income Tax in 2018 Under Trump's New Tax Law

    An in-depth analysis of Fortune 500 companies’ financial filings finds that at least 60 of the nation’s biggest corporations didn’t pay a dime in federal income taxes in 2018 on a collective $79 billion in profits, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy said today.

    If these companies paid the statutory 21 percent federal tax rate, they would owe $16.4 billion in federal income taxes. Instead, they collectively received $4.3 billion in rebates. The analysis, Corporate Tax Avoidance Remains Rampant under New Tax Law, examines 2018 corporate financial filings that have been released to date. It provides an initial, comprehensive look at how corporate tax cuts under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affected the tax-paying habits of corporations.

    “For years, corporations have manipulated the system to avoid paying taxes, and it’s clear that the 2017 tax law did nothing to change this,” said Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at ITEP and lead author of the report.

    The tax-avoiding corporations are some of the most profitable, recognizable companies in the world, and they represent a variety of industries, including technology, energy and gas, financial services, aviation, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Earlier this year, ITEP reported Netflix and Amazon paid no federal taxes. Other companies on this list include Chevron, Delta Airlines, Eli Lilly, General Motors, Gannett, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Halliburton, IBM, Jetblue Airways, Principal Financial, Salesforce.com, US Steel, and Whirlpool. The complete list is at https://itep.org/notadime.

    https://itep.org/60-fortune-500-companies-avoided-all-federal-income-tax-in-2018-under-new-tax-law/

    https://publicintegrity.org/business/taxes/trumps-tax-cuts/you-paid-taxes-these-corporations-didnt/

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/2018-taxes-some-of-americas-biggest-companies-paid-little-to-no-federal-income-tax-last-year/

    http://fortune.com/2019/04/11/amazon-starbucks-corporate-tax-avoidance/
  • Naturally, corporations try to avoid paying taxes where they can. Otherwise they will need to pass on those tax burdens to their employees and to their customers. Rich employers don't become rich from absorbing the tax burdens. They pass those tax burdens on to their employees and consumers, in the form of layoffs, pay cuts and higher prices. If we have it your way. few can have a job or afford anything. We need smaller governments so we can reduce our tax burden and retain more of our own earnings. Of course, when we get to keep more of our own money, we tend to go shopping for affordable goods and services. Why would you want to pay more taxes and raise the prices of goods and services? Isn't it because you are a socialist libtard who wants free stuff?
  • Compassionate Capitalism its what we have here. Not socialism nor communism. All these programs depend on capitalism and free market economy. You want socialism-communist healthcare look at Venezuela and China and North Korea.

    Again thanks for the laugh FacrsMatter and for showing your socialist colors.

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