Email #13, Subject: 24 million

That’s how many people will lose their health care if you repeal Obamacare. Your Empowering Patients First Act would help some of them, but nowhere near all. And many who don’t lose their insurance will be paying more. Obamacare limits insurers from charging their oldest patients three times more than their youngest. But that provision would vanish under the plan you support. You call that kind of Obamacare provision “heavy government regulation,”  but it’s the kind of regulation we need. You call Obamacare’s exchanges “one size fits all mandates from Washington.” Instead you want two sizes: moderate-priced insurance for the young and healthy, and unregulated expensive insurance for the old and sick.  Do you sincerely believe that’s better?

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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