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Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Worksby Jonathan Gruber
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Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why Its Necessary, How It Works is a deeply informed, opinionated, immediately accessible explanation of why health care reform is essential, why the legislation Congress passed is our best bet for solving the problem, and why it would be disastrous if we revoked it. Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans are against health care reform. Polls also show that the majority of Americans simply do not understand what is at stake, how reform works, and what its immediate and long-term consequences will be. Health Care Reform explains the stakes, means, and consequences with the immediacy of comics and the authority that only Jonathan Gruber can bring. And with Nathan Schreibers illustrations illustrations using a visual style reminiscent of the political cartoons of Thomas Nash and Walt Kelly, the book will leave no one in doubt: Americans can no longer afford to be ignorant of the facts.
Few experts know more about Americas dire need of health care reform than Gruber. And of that short list, he is the only one prepared to enter the pages of a comic book to make the case. To be clear: Gruber is not an expert; he is the expert. An award-winning MIT economist and the director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, he was a key architect of the ambitious health care reform effort in Massachusetts and is a member of the Health Connector Board now implementing it; in 2006 he was named by Modern Healthcare as the nineteenth most powerful person in health care in the United States. In 2008 he was a consultant to the Clinton, Edwards, and Obama presidential campaigns. The national legislation passed by Congress in 2009 derives directly from Grubers insights learned during the Massachusetts health care debate.
"As its subtitle indicates, this book is about more than entertainment. It delivers information, like Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, through an earnest but informal lecture by a cartoon version of an expert — in this case Gruber, an MIT economics professor who helped craft Massachusetts's successful health care reform plan as well as the Affordable Care Act, which has been the subject of so much confusion and deliberate misinformation. He begins the presentation by confronting a small group of people with the enormous medical bills they could receive after medical treatment, then moves from the individual to the national level to show that our present system is unfair and unsustainable. The explanation of how the ACA can fix the problems may not convince all readers, but they'll come away with a clearer understanding of what the real issues are. Schrieber's simple black and white art effectively uses symbols and some basic charts to help explain the morass. An effective use of comics as part of a public policy debate." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
You wont have to worry about going broke if you get sick.
We will start to bring the costs of health care under control.
And we will do all this while reducing the federal deficit.
That is the promise of the Affordable Care Act. But from the moment President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, a steady and mounting avalanche of misinformation about the ACA has left a growing majority of Americans confused about what it is, why its necessary, and how it works. If youre one of them, buy this book. From how to tame the twin threats of rising costs and the increasing number of uninsured to why an insurance mandate is good for your health, Health Care Reform dispels false fears by arming you with facts.
About the Author
Jonathan Gruber was a key architect of the Massachusetts health care reform plan and a trusted adviser during the national debate. Dean Motter is an award-winning designer, writer, and illustrator, perhaps best known for his iconic 1980s comics creation, Mister X.
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