The search is on for advocates of Medicaid expansion
At first blush the Sunday article on Dr. Pearl Tang appeared to be a nice puff piece filled with Arizona history, recounting the medical career of the Maricopa County health care pioneer. The 92-year old widow of Judge Thomas Tang was a Shanghai-born immigrant who made great strides in her profession.
The 3-page article/interview with the Paradise Valley resident is replete with five oversized photographs, along with those on one jump page actually covering more space than the print describing Dr. Tang. That was the initial clue there was more to this piece than just a happenstance opportunity to focus on her noteworthy career.
Near the conclusion of the “report’ was this actual ‘pearl’ — the well-timed reason for the multi-page coverage: “At 92, she isn’t particularly interested in being drawn into public debates about health care. But she has opinions as she sees the federal expansion of health care buck up against the will of Arizona lawmakers. “I think Governor Brewer is correct in wanting to expand Medicaid,” she said. “Many people have lost their jobs, and they need health care. The expansion of Medicaid is the proper thing to do.” Like with the programs she instituted 60 years ago, Tang said. “The benefit of expansion will be seen through the lens of passing time.”