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 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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