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

May 28, 2015

Health Reform Symposium

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

View the policy panel webcast replay here and the journalism panel webcast replay here.

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