Email #18, Subject: high risk health insurance pools

Under the Empowering Patients First Act, states would create and the federal government would fund high-risk pools for the sick and poor. But the bill doesn’t fund these pools nearly enough. These are the most expensive people to insure because they have such big medical costs. Obamacare tries to deal with those costs by including high-risk and low-risk people into the same pool and so balancing the overall costs. But your preferred bill doesn’t address the problem. Worse, it doesn’t acknowledge that the problem exists. The bill’s author, Tom Price, is proposing only $3 billion. I think Speaker Ryan is proposing $25 billion over ten years, which still isn’t nearly enough. If this bill replaces Obamacare millions are going to lose insurance. How is that “empowering patients”? The phrase is Orwellian. I know making health care work is a huge challenge, but denying the core problem and passing a bill designed to uninsure the old and sick is the opposite of fixing Obamacare. You said you were working for a bi-partisan solution. I hope those weren’t empty words.

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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