This year’s health policy valentine submissions were full of compassion for patients and concern over the nation’s health care system.

KHN’s readers and tweeters are among the most creative news consumers, sending in poetic valentines about physician assistants, the looming Medicaid unwinding, the Affordable Care Act, the upcoming end to the covid-19 public health emergency, and more.

Here are some favorites, featuring one lucky grand prize winner whose entry was turned into a cartoon by staff illustrator Oona Tempest.

Roses are redCandy is sweetAdding #Dental to #Medicare Makes it more complete!#HealthPolicyValentines @KHNews

— Jennifer Goldberg (@goldberg_ja) February 7, 2023


I scheduled a doctor to check out my heart.But things went awry from the start.The PA stepped in …Did all the diagnosin’And the doc signed off on my chart.

– Arthurine Rice


Regulations are readACA non-compliance is blueActuaries promote equityThrough the single risk pool#HealthPolicyValentines

— Greg Fann (Pro-compliance Health Actuary) (@greg_fann) February 5, 2023


Some states will be cruel,some states will be kindwhen the starting whistle blowsfor the Medicaid unwind.@KHNews #HealthPolicyValentines

— xpostfactoid (@xpostfactoid) February 7, 2023


Love is in the air but what does it mean without care Without health there’s no wealth or hugs and kisses to share#HealthPolicyValentines @KHNews

— THE 3RD EYE AGENCY (@the3rdeyeagency) February 7, 2023


@KHNews Roses are red, money is greenThe cost of healthcare is getting obscene. #HealthPolicyValentines

— Caitlin Andrews 🗞 (@ActualCAndrews) February 7, 2023


Without youMy heart stopsLike a Public Health Emergency#HealthPolicyValentines .@KHNews

— Michelle Ko (@michelleko2d) February 7, 2023


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