Friday, February 10, 2017

Love knows no repeal: HealthPolicyValentines 2017

Update 2/15: below is this year's complete harvest, as it grew from Feb. 10-14. Last year's trove is here. Love, 2015, here. First love, 2014, here.

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I felt this afternoon I was getting quick-pitched on HealthPolicyValentines. But matron saint of the tradition, Emma Sandoe, tells me it's always kicked off on the Thursday before V-Day. So, like a loved one rushing to the scene of elopement, here am I (and see bottom for past years):

With this ring I thee wed;
with this kiss doth thou grace me.
Now promise you'll never
repeal and replace me.

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I can't call you true
on this true lovers' day.
You swapped my CSR
for this crummy HSA.

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Affordability and access!
We could eat our cake and have it
if we put our healthcare system
in the hands of Andy Slavitt.


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Acknowledging that love
will carry us just so far
I'm putting my John Hancock
on this DNR

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Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
For you, something terrific...
Nah, that isn't true.

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Lilies are white,
Tulips are pink.
Republican "replace" plans
are wink wink wink wink.

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The ACA tragedy
now enters its fifth act
where #healthpolicyvalentines
are a suicide pact.

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From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A star-crossed health reform law takes its life,
Whose misadventured piteous overthrow
Bespeaks the decay of our public life.

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The man whom I marry
must have respect for facts, sir.
That's why I won't tarry
with thee, anti-vaxxer.

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You're okay with the ACA,
but you hate Obamacare.
Step away from the gaslight,
my poor befuddled cher.

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I can't profess love
for this passel of fools
that's touting HSAs
and high risk pools.

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Flexibility for states!
That's how they bill it.
The truth: "First we block-grant it --
then we kill it."

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A few for select heartthrobs of healthcare (whose names lend themselves to rhyming):


Read 400 pages of regs?
Nah, I'll wait for the post
sure to pop up on Health Affairs
by -- who else? -- Tim Jost

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Some say, "It's a matter of time."
Some say, "Aim higher"
to HHS Sec-in-waiting
Adrianna McIntyre.

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You'll never find a gentler way
to call repealers bollocks
than this regretful roundelay
of Harold Pollack's.

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When it comes to healthcare regs
who doesn't know what "ignore" is?
That Colorado font of info:
Louise Norris.

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Affordable care for all?
If anyone state can do it
it'll be Minnesota
with help from Lynn Blewett.

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Federalist nostrums
look especially scraggly
when placed 'neath a spotlight
by Nicholas Bagley

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And, sweeping out to consider "health policy"in the broadest sense:

Roses are blue,
Violets are red.
Believe this gaslighter?
We'll all wind up dead.

Last year's trove is here. Love, 2015, here. First love, 2014, here

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