MIT Professor’s Comic Book Helps Explain National Health Care Law

BOSTON (CBS) – If there’s an art in tackling a complex issue and explaining in a simple way, a local man gets credit for doing that and more.

What he’s created makes our health care system understandable and entertaining.

“Health care costs are rising. By 2080, health care will be 80% of our economy,” said Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor.

Gruber helped Mitt Romney put together the Massachusetts Health Care law. Then, President Barack Obama hired him as a consultant for the national law.

“When you hear the Republicans say ‘your adviser helped Obama,’ they are talking about me,” said Gruber.

Now, he has a health care comic book called “Health Care Reform.”

It’s a sketched out story of four people: Anthony, Betty, Carlos, and Dina. Some of them have health insurance and some do not. All of them, though, are dealing with the costs of a heart attack.

In 140 pages of speech balloons, the comic explains a law that was more than 1,000 pages long.

“A lot of what economics is, a lot of what my profession is… is to parsimoniously explain subjects. That’s a lot of what we do,” said Gruber.

Unlike a comic book, the issue of health care is not black and white. In fact, Gruber’s critics say he is a little too complimentary of the law in this book.

“I think this book has a point of view. I support the Affordable Care Act. I believe in it,” said Gruber.

Not to spoil the ending, but the final page does not have a repeal of the law. Gruber would never draw it up that way.

  • MichaelEDuncan

    Healthcare is not subject to normal market forces! Anything that you have to buy at any random moment in order not to die is not something to which a rational supply/demand calculus can apply. Check out Penny_Health articles on how to reduce the cost of insurance.

  • Rob Cleary

    Now that it has been put into a format that the Democrats can understand maybe the repeal process will speed up some. I hope there are pictures, that will make it even easier for the occupy crowd to understand what a debacle it is.

    • Bob hope

      I’m a republican, and I found it very informative. Don’t let partisan politics get in the way. The heritage foundation first proposed the system Obama is trying to use (minus forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs) and it shows why it was done by a republican governor first (mitt).

      it’s a quick read, and worth it.

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  • Women and the Art of Reason « FreeCatholic808

    […] But Jonathan Gruber has made a messy subject easy to understand–in a comic book!  Read it or watch the video and see if you still hope to see the Affordable Healthcare Act dismantled and lose all the protections and access it makes possible for you and your family. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. Email Subscription […]

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