Email #83, Subject: “Trumpcare”?

Many of your Republican colleagues recognize that repealing Obamacare is a mistake:

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said: “We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created. That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said: “It sounds like we are going to be raising taxes on the middle class in order to pay for these new credits.”

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) said: “We’re telling those people that we’re not going to pull the rug out from under them, and if we do this too fast, we are in fact going to pull the rug out from under them.”

Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.) said: “Health insurance is going to be tough enough for us to deal with without having millions of people on social media come to Planned Parenthood’s defense and sending hundreds of thousands of new donors to the Democratic Senate and Democratic congressional campaign committees. So I would just urge us to rethink this.”

I don’t understand then why you are rushing forward with a repeal when you have no better plan to replace the ACA. You stated yourself that the Republican “Better Way” health care bill will eliminate but not replace the ACA Medicaid expansion. If so, millions of Americans will lose their health care. Do you believe voters will accept that in November 2018?

You appear to be orchestrating the GOP’s mid-term loss of Congress. If that is your goal, you are on your way to achieving it. Passing “Trumpcare” will pull the rug out from under your own feet.

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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