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February 27, 2012 5:30 PM ACA made EZ

By Ed Kilgore

An awful lot of politicians, and through them, an awful lot of Americans, have come to belief an awful lot of unfounded assertions and boldface lies about the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Accordingly, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an advisor during the development of ACA who was also involved directly in the design of Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health reform initiative, has decided to provide an EZ guide to myths and realities, via a 152-page comic book on the subject. Here’s a description:

The intent of the new book, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works, is to explain in simple and clear language the complexities of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for the average person and business owner.
The arguments of critics are acknowledged in the book, and the author aims to present the facts in a clear and balanced way. Judging from glowing reviews by customers on Amazon.com, the book seems largely to have achieved its purpose.

If a comic book on health reform sounds simplistic, consider that it’s an effort to correct such authoritative “sources” as Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. Compared to that, it’s the Summa Theologica.

Below is Gruber’s overview of the book.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • slappy magoo on February 27, 2012 6:08 PM:

    I eagerly await the same people who whined and moaned about the original bill being over 2000 complex mind-numbing pages, now whining and moaning that this comic book insults the intelligence of everyday Americans

  • T-Rex on February 27, 2012 7:34 PM:

    Actually, graphic books (not just novels anymore) have grown up and become intellectually respectable. Some serious literature has been published in that form. Wasn't there also a graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission report? So this isn't an entirely new idea. As an art historian, I have to say that images help immensely in conveying concepts, even fairly abstract ones.

  • emjayay on February 27, 2012 9:08 PM:

    That little cartoon should be shown all over TV over and over. Fox News etc. lies should be balanced, no corrected, by factual and easily digestible stuff like this.

  • June on February 27, 2012 11:37 PM:

    Wow, I love it.

  • just bill on February 28, 2012 8:09 AM:

    that was awesome, even without the sound!

    every republican should be strapped in a chair and forced to watch every minute.