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 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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