Email #15, Subject: bureaucrat-controlled health care?

In your email response to my questions regarding health care, you said: “I do not believe bureaucrats in Washington should have more control over citizens’ health care decisions.” I strongly agree. Which is why I’m confused by your support of the Empowering Patients First Act. If I understand correctly, won’t people who are sick and unable to afford regular insurance be placed into high-risk pools created and controlled by the government? You said you want to put “patients, families and doctors, not Washington bureaucrats, in control of personal health care decisions,” so could you explain how these state-created high-risk pools are not the opposite of that priority?

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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