“Roses are red, candy is sweet, health policy discussions don’t fit on a Tweet.”
That’s the challenge for health policy nerds everywhere this week - get all of your feelings about rising premium costs, dwindling research funds and other complex health developments onto the Internet in 280 characters or less.
The Twitter call-out comes from The Health Society, a D.C.-based networking group for young policy professionals. They’re offering a Starbucks gift card to whoever produces the “nerdiest” Tweets with the hashtag #healthpolicyvalentines.
The thread has been hopping since Monday, with dozens of lawmakers, top health care officials, scholars and patients posting haikus and limericks each hour.
Most of them are silly:
Valentine, I don't need an EKG to prove my heart goes pitter-patter for you!— Cathy Senderling (@csend) February 13, 2018
(But if I did, I know my Obamacare plan would cover it as medically necessary.)#healthpolicyvalentines
Want more than a friend with essential benefits? I’ll never go out of network. Personal ad/ #healthpolicyvalentine— Harold Pollack (@haroldpollack) February 13, 2018
Hey baby, can I stabilize your individual market? #healthpolicyvalentines— julie rovner (@jrovner) February 13, 2018
Many touch on current events. Like this one about changes to the 340B drug pricing program that could block hospitals from drug discounts for Medi-Cal patients.
Roses are red— Walid Gellad (@walidgellad) February 13, 2018
Hospitals are blue
Ever since they changed our 340b payment
I’ve missed taking care of you.
ASP plus 6 percent
Becomes ASP minus two two
I’m having trouble getting over this,
I’m not seeing the same revenue.#healthpolicyvalentines
Or this one about the Children’s Health Insurance Program that almost disappeared last year:
Republicans are red— Rebecca Cooper (@rebscooper) February 12, 2018
Democrats are blue
It took 114 days to pass CHIP
But it won’t take me as long to say “I love you”
And don’t forget the commentary on California’s push for an alternative health care system:
Some come with pictures:
Others come with warnings:
Roses are red, violets are blue— Lindsey Leininger (@lindsleininger) February 12, 2018
Get vaccinated, it's still coming for you#healthpolicyvalentines
So if you want to get up to speed about goings-on in health care, take a scroll through the thread. You might even get inspired to pen your own passion poem.