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

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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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