Email #24, Subject: “for all Americans”?

You correctly diagnosed the problem with health care: “Because hospitals are required to treat emergency conditions regardless of ability to pay, the uninsured often turn to emergency rooms for care.  However, this exacerbates the problem because these costs are passed onto all consumers in the form of higher health care prices.” Which means until everyone is insured, and so not using emergency rooms for their primary care, health care prices will keep rising. Obamacare reduced the number of uninsured Americans, but many remain. To deal with the problem you identify, still more need to be insured. You said in your letter to me that you want health care “for all Americans.” So I don’t understand how you can endorse repealing Obamacare and replacing with something that will insure fewer. If your top priority really is all Americans, and if, as you state, the use of emergency rooms by the uninsured is a core problem, then the Empowering Patients First Act is violating your own goals.

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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