Email #60, Subject: why did you lie about Medicaid?

I just read that you are privately urging your fellow Congressmen to repeal but not replace the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. This contradicts your public statements. You said you “want the families who are hurting under Obamacare to feel relief as quickly possible.” But if you repeal Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, you will permanently worsen those hurting families. How can you tell your constituents one thing, while taking actions to do exactly the opposite? You publish your public statements on your website, but your recent behind-closed-door comments only became public because you didn’t know you were being recorded. Are you intentionally deceiving your own constituents? How can voters trust you when you speak so differently in those two situations? If you believe healthcare is unimportant and that millions of Americans who currently have it should lose it, then come out and say that directly. Don’t pretend to feel compassion for hurting families when your plan is to make their lives worse. Like a majority of Virginians, I believe a permanent repeal of the ACA Medicaid expansion is immoral. If you feel differently, stand up and stand by your convictions.

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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