Email #21, Subject: Cherrypicking low-risk patients

You said you wanted “commonsense measures that expand access and choices while lowering costs.” This of course is what we all want. But I don’t see how your Empowering Patients First Act is going to achieve it. It seems to be designed to come even less close than Obamacare.  How is this bill different from the similar ones that were attempted in Texas and California and then failed? If this bill had been passed instead of Obamacare, wouldn’t it be in even worse condition now? If insurance companies can cherrypick the healthy and send the sick off to state-managed pools, then the insurance companies make money, and tax payers are stuck paying the bill. What is commonsense about that? How does it lower costs? And how does it increase access and choices to anyone but the people who need them least?

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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