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 assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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