Wednesday, February 12, 2020

But love grows old and waxes cold: #HealthPolicyValentines 2020

A healthy Valentine's Day to all! As the rule of law in the U.S. erodes, and the Trump administration comes up with ever new ways to reduce enrollment, services, and affordability in public insurance programs, I can't forbear but to add some, shall we say, antivalentines to this year's mix. They follow the sweeter kind.

Cold wax, not to be confused with waxing cold



Health wonks are sweet,
their rhyming is cute.
Poetic meter
is not their strong suit.

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On hold with the hospital
in some endless billing tiff?
Put down the receiver
and dial @sarahkliff.


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"Wash your hands," they all said.
But I said screw it
till Aaron Carroll
told me to do it.

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Our healthcare ship of state
will sail toward terra firma
when Emma Sandoe
replaces Seema Verma.

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No, Larry Levitt's messages
aren't endlessly repeated.
It only seems that way
as they're endlessly retweeted.

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Healthcare journalists
sing in chorus:
"We do our fact-checking
through Louise Norris."
                                                                                                                                                                              *     *     * 

A double dip for Margot Sanger-Katz:

'Twould be an act of love
If a touch indiscreet
To disclose healthcare pricing
Like Danish concrete.

This kind of disclosure
titillates and entices,
and stimulates a rise in...
hospital prices.

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Thirty-seven healthcare stories!
(inwardly moans).
"No prob --  I'll prioritize 
via Caitlin Owens."         

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West Virginians soak up right-wing
propaganda by the gallon.
But they still have their Medicaid,
thanks in part to Kelly Allen.

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Health care or healthcare?
The wonks are passionate.
The meaning's the same
However you fashion it.

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Dream all you wish of Bernie's
Healthcare Camelot.
But sample what's attainable
on a world tour with Dylan Scott.

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New Mexico's on pause,
but intrepid folks keep tryin
to fund, pass and enact
the Medicaid Baillo buy-in.

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A seriously disordered nation
with a large uninsured population,
at least had the data
to engage with this matter,
courtesy of the Kaiser Foundation

    No Love Lost...                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Gather ye rosebuds
and clip hollyhock heads.
Medicaid block grants
are for blockheads.

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Roses are red,
daffodils are yellow.
ACA haters
are bamboozled like Othello.

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While M4A advocates
wax all hopey-prayee,
TeamHealth will buy Envision
and we'll move toward single payee.

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For my Medicaid funding capers
You might call me a schemer,
But don't penalize my state
With a case of emfarsema.

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Do not imagine
it's a non sequitur
that that balance-billing doctor
is a private equitor.

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Red states are red,
Blue states are blue.
Statewide elections
can uninsure you.

Glutton for punishment? here's The Water is Wide: Health Policy Valentines (2019)  HPV (2018) Love Knows No Repeal (2017),  Love in the Time of Obamacare (2016), love, 2015, and first love, 2014.

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