Saturday, May 18

For the Love of Health Care and Health Policy

(Oona Tempest/KFF Health News)

Absolutely nothing melts our hearts like a health policy valentine. Readers made us swoon this season, composing poetic lines about prescription drug prices, medical financial obligation, medical care lacks, and more.

Here are a few of our favorites, beginning with the grand reward winner and very first runner-up, whose entries were each developed into an animation by personnel illustrator Oona Tempest.

First Place

(Illustration: Oona Tempest/KFF Health News; poem: Jennifer Reck)

Beloved, this Valentine’s Day,
let’s get our passports
and fly away to someplace,
where the exact same drugs cost a portion
of what they perform in the States.

— Jennifer Reck

Runner-Up

(Illustration: Oona Tempest/KFF Health News; poem: Sunshine Moore Anger)

I saw the medical professional for a check,
I had a swelling in my ideal breast.
2 weeks for the response.
It wasn’t cancer.
Rather of death, I’m in financial obligation.

— Sunshine Moore Anger

Other Newsroom Favorites

I was lost in the unhappiness
and shock of you leaving,
Tore my eyes away
from my Morning Briefing

How might you leave us,
Why would you wander off?
When you are liked so a lot by the ACA?
I recognized too late,
‘T was not to be,
My medical care no longer liked me

— Zac Aulson

Adult love is lovely
And think what makes it more powerful
A paid adult leave policy
To stick with child longer

— Andrea Ferguson

The documentation flirts with my love,
A dance of rejections, loaded with rejections.
My heart desires you, my sweet medication, however insurance coverage demands previous permission.

— Sally Nix

My love for you, beloved, is blinding
Like a scientific trial pre-findings
I fear we will part
And I’ll lose my heart
Due to the fact that of Medicaid loosening up!

— Kara Gavin

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