Email #23, Subject: tax incentive health care?

Under Obamacare, if you don’t get insurance, you get taxed. The GOP keeps calling that “socialism.” I don’t care about the label. I care about how the Republican health care plan is going to be better. You said you want to “increase the number of tax incentives for maintaining health insurance.” So instead of being taxed for not getting insurance, you get a tax break for getting insurance. Obviously that sounds great. You also propose tax-funding high risk insurance pools for the old and sick. So how does that math work? You decrease tax revenue by giving tax incentives and you increase tax spending by subsidizing high-risk insurance. Since you support a balanced budget amendment, you must recognize the enormity of the problem you are creating. The only way for this to work, is for it not to work. Is that your real plan? To create a program designed to collapse, and then de-fund the high-risk group because you have no fiscal choice? If not, please explain how you think the Empowering Patients First Act could possibly work?

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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