Email #11, Subject: bi-partisan

Thank you so much for your thoughtful response to my earlier emails regarding health care. I appreciate your attention and your bi-partisan tone. Identifying the range of years of rising health care costs, 1980-2010, places responsibility on both parties. And of course you say it outright: “Congress needs to work in a bi-partisan fashion to find a solution that would allow health care to be affordable for all Americans.” But as much as I appreciate that tone and sentiment, the Empowering Patients First Act and your support of it are anything but bi-partisan. This legislation is an opposite example of the two parties working together, so I’m confused why and disturbed that you implied that it is. I vastly prefer your tone over President-elect Trump’s or Speaker Ryan’s, but if you use that tone to mask opposite intentions and behavior, how are you better? You closed by saying, “I am working towards a bi-partisan solution to solve the problem of unaffordable health care.” Could you please explain in what sense that solution is bi-partisan?

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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