Email #1, Subject: Obamacare

I hear a lot of talk about repealing Obamacare, but little about replacing it. Obamacare eliminated “preexisting conditions,” an offensive concept invented by insurance companies to avoid helping the people they’re designed to help. My daughter is 19, and under Obamacare she’ll be able to stay on our family insurance till she’s 26. Are you taking that away from us too?  The Tea Party has been using Obamacare as their rallying cry–even though it’s the same as Romneycare and the plan Newt Gingrich introduced in the 90s as designed by the conservative Liberty thinktank. I don’t really care if you repeal Obamacare or not–as long as you replace it with something as good. But what is your plan? How are you going to keep all of those newly insured people insured? The Tea Party gained power by calling Obamacare evil socialism. Was that all just cynical rhetoric and now you’ll just keep it and tweak it? Or will you actually take away all the real good it does?

As a member of your district, I need to know your exact position on Obamacare. What do you personally believe and what are you personally going to do?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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