Health Wonk Review for July 19, 2012

Maggie Mahar examines the latest 'tempest in a teapot' over reform; Harold Pollack says GOP rhetoric will alienate minority communities

healthwonk-read-this-editionThe July 19 edition of Health Wonk Review is up over at Worker’s Comp Insider, and this week’s reviewer, Julie Ferguson, says it’s a sizzler.

The HWR’s heat is no surprise to us, since the health policy blog features three red-hot posts by blog authors Maggie Mahar and Harold Pollack. Mahar and Pollack have been a welcome ear to the tracks on recent health reform developments.

Mahar – who relaunched her HealthBeat Blog on the day of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the individual mandate – looked at the upsides and downsides of the media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Court challenge:

GOP rhetoric over ACAIn a post at HealthBeat, Mahar described how intense coverage of legal challenges helped turned a non-story into a Supreme Court case. The good news? Mahar also predicts that – thanks to the media coverage around the decision – voters’ interest in the law has been piqued, and reform proponents have gained a much-needed opportunity to further educate voters about why they need it.

Not surprisingly, this week’s HWR noted that bloggers have been keeping a close eye on the fallout from the SCOTUS decision. HWR mentioned Pollack’s post cautioning that GOP rhetoric – including some from presidential candidate Romney – is likely to alienate voters in minority communities.

GOP tempest in a teapotBoth Mahar and Pollack have been eyeing the GOP’s continued efforts to look for opportunities to derail health reform efforts. Pollack weighed in on GOP governors’ plans to use the SCOTUS ruling as an excuse to refuse ACA’s Medicaid expansion. (Joe Paduda also looks at whether governors will be able to withstand the heat from providers who would welcome the expanded coverage and the funds that come with it.)

Meanwhile, Mahar talked to health reform expert Timothy Jost, who cast doubt on the latest GOP assertion that botched wording of the law will leave residents of some states without premium subsidies.

The next Health Wonk Review is scheduled for August 16. Dr. Jaan Sidorov will host at Disease Management Care Blog.

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