Email #6, Subject: Isn’t it working for us?

I read that Obamacare costs in Virginia aren’t going up like they are in the rest of the country and that, unlike in other states, no companies are leaving the exchanges in Virginia next year. So while Obamacare has problems in other places, Obamacare is working here. I understand the GOP has promised to end Obamacare, and if Virginia looked like some other states where companies are leaving the networks and the rates are rising too far, then we would need change too. But that’s not the case. Previously uninsured people are now insured at a reasonable rate that’s staying reasonable because the network of participating insurers is staying stable. That’s the state of Virginia. And you represent Virginia, not the whole country. Why would you vote to get rid of something that’s effectively serving the people your represent?  You should be a Virginian before being a Republican. Do you care more about answering to your party leaders than to your own district?

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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