Re­form con­fu­sion? Kapow!

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

While Cap­tain Amer­ica is tar­get­ing sui­cide, an­other health­care topic is headed for the comics: re­form. It prob­a­bly won’t at­tract as many de­voted fans as Su­per­man or the In­cred­i­ble Hulk, but Jonathan Gru­ber, an MIT health econ­o­mist who helped craft the Mas­sachusetts model for the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act, is bet­ting that a comic book could be the best way to ex­plain the con­tro­ver­sial health­care over­haul to the Amer­i­can pub­lic.

Gru­ber says he got the idea from his chil­dren, who are comic book and graphic novel en­thu­si­asts. Judg­ing from the ten­ta­tive ti­tle— Health Care Re­form: What It Is, Why It’s Nec­es­sary, How It Works—Out­liers isn’t ex­pect­ing any of the usual das­tardly deeds or caped cru­saders. (Bam! Pow!)

In­stead, Gru­ber says he’ll fo­cus on sim­pli­fy­ing the health­care re­form law’s pro­grams with pic­tures and text. “My fam­ily made me re­al­ize that there’s such a mis­un­der­stand­ing of the bill, and that it’s im­por­tant to ex­plain why we need this, and what it does,” Gru­ber said in the Bos­ton Her­ald. “I’ve found that when peo­ple un­der­stand it, they like it.”

While the news has drawn some mixed re­ac­tions, many on both the right and the left have praised the idea. Ac­cord­ing to the Her­ald ar­ti­cle, ACA op­po­nent Michael Can­non of the lib­er­tar­ian Cato In­sti­tute called the comic book con­cept “bril­liant.”

The book is slated to be re­leased this fall.

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