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

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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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