November 4, 2013

Hearsay or Fact: A Symposium on the Communication of the Affordable Care Act

Health Reform Symposium

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1:00–5:00 p.m.
Michigan League Ballroom
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Free and open to the public

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), the Knight-Wallace Fellows at the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) and Michigan Radio bring together national health care policy experts and prominent media members for a dynamic discussion on:

  • What is happening with health care reform as Jan. 1, 2014 nears.
  • What lessons were learned from the first attempts at communicating the ACA.
  • How the media shaped public opinion about—and continues to inform public dialogue on—health care reform.
  • What should be the right nexus between the media and policy.
  • How can policy makers and the media better work together in the public interest on this important topic.

Policy Panelists:

  • John Z. Ayanian, MD, MPP, Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation
  • Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
  • Heather H. Howard, JD, Director, RWJF State Health Reform Assistance Network


  • Reed Abelson, health care business reporter, The New York Times
  • Steven Brill, author “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us,” TIME Magazine
  • Jonathan Cohn, senior editor, The New Republic; author of “Sick: The Untold Story of America’s Health Care Crisis—and the People Who Pay the Price”
  • Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., member editorial board and columnist, The Wall Street Journal
  • Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter, The Washington Post
  • Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent, NPR