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Kapow! Comic Book Illustrates Health Care Reform

Above, an illustration from author Jonathon Gruber's graphic novel "Health Care Reform. What It Is. Why It's Necessary. How It Works." (Courtesy: Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Above, an illustration from author Jonathon Gruber's graphic novel "Health Care Reform. What It Is. Why It's Necessary. How It Works." (Courtesy: Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Riddle me this, what’s the latest tale of daring-do to hit the comic book stands? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t feature masked avengers, or include earnest sidekicks. There are no costumes, nor secret lairs. But the hero in this story does have an alter ego. Or at least, an alias.

What is it, you ask? Holy 1,900-page-legislation! It’s the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

That’s right, the latest graphic novel to hit book store shelves tells the story of the Affordable Care Act, and it’s titled “Health Care Reform. What It Is. Why It’s Necessary. How It Works.” And it’s author isn’t your typical comic book geek. No, author Jonathan Gruber is a geek of a different order: He is a health care economist.

Gruber was one of the architects of Massachusetts’s groundbreaking health care reform law and an advisor to President Barack Obama on the 2010 Affordable Care Act. He’s also an economics professor at MIT, and the director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Gruber will join Radio Boston in the studio to discuss the book.

Guest:

  • Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT and director of the health care program at the National Bureau of Economic Research
More:
  • Commonhealth: A Sneak Peek At ‘Health Reform: A Comic Book’
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  • Anonymous

    Mitt Romney is writing a flip book on Mass health care program and his position on the national plan.

  • Anonymous

    What did he think of the public option?

  • Fritz Buehner

    Call the book a “graphic book” neither graphic novel nor comic book. This is a terrific way to educate the electorate.

  • kat

    I only caught part of the show in the car.  One comment I thought I heard was that non-group rates have gone down significantly.    I have not read it so I don’t know what he factored in but it certainly must have been the Mass Health Connector rates which have maximum income limits.   Since I am above those limits I have received massive increases after 2009 for a 150% increase, 2011 alone was 23.99% and that includes dropping a plan level.  Once again the middle class is getting squeezed with no relief.  It seems that those of us not protected by  the Mass health Connector have been forgotten.

  • kat

    correcting my error, 50% increase since 2009

  • http://www.cobrahealth.com Craig J. Casey

    Gruber should be the apologizer for Massachusetts’s ruinous health care reform law.  Highest healthcare cost in nation, 3rd highest insurance rates.  http://www.slideshare.net/CraigJCasey/reasons-why-i-hate-obamacare

    • Bgfischer565

      Lie much….are you kidding…back up your facts.

      • http://www.cobrahealth.com Craig J. Casey

        BG:

        I provided a link, it’s well documented that Highest healthcare cost in nation, 3rd highest insurance rates in the US. You have access to google correct?  Use it!  http://cobrahealth.com/Obamacare-rationing.html

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