Comic Relief Comes to Health Care Plan

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No matter which side you fall on when it comes to President Obama’s national health-care plan, you’re gonna have to admit that this is a pretty cool idea. The Boston Herald reports that the he MIT economics whiz who crafted President Obama’s national health-care overhaul is now planning to explain the complex and controversial plan to the masses – in one long comic book.

See? Told you it was pretty cool.

Nationally recognized health economist Jonathan Gruber, said it was his three comic-loving kids who encouraged him to use the format of the graphic novel to tell the story of the complicated plan to 300 million Americans. Though Gruber’s won’t have superheroes like Batman or Captain America, or a villain like the Joker.

Gruber said:

“I’m going to use the facts to tell the story. I’m the narrator guiding the reader through the law. It’ll have lots of pictures and text.”

Publisher Hill and Wang plans to release Gruber’s book, tentatively titled Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How it Works this fall. The book is an unusual venture for Gruber, who is a brilliant Massachusetts Institute of Technology academic and a key architect of Romneycare. After all, this is the same man who spent much of the last decade telling national leaders why the American health-care system is broken, and how to fix it. Now he’s taken on the task of breaking down the president’s 2,400-page legislation into illustrated, bite-sized panels to make it easier to understand. The author said his plan is to show how the president’s plan will lower health-care costs and end discriminatory insurance practices that make it much harder for sick people to get coverage.

Gruber said:

“There’s a fundamental lack of economic security in our country. If you don’t get insurance from your employer, you are one bad gene, or one bad car accident away from losing everything.”

This won’t be the first time the medium is used to explain such a complex story. Gruber’s editor Thomas LeBien has also used the format to explain the U.S. Constitution and Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

LeBien said.

“It’s a marvelous medium. There’s a long tradition of turning to them to take complicated information and render it accessible to the widest audience.”

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