Patt Morrison For January 4, 2012

Confused about the new health care law? Comic book explains all

Hill and Wang

If you can’t figure out what the health care overhaul is all about, there’s a comic book—er, graphic novel—to make it all clear.

In a new approach for the masses, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor who was intimately involved in the crafting of Governor Mitt Romney’s universal health care plan in Massachusetts and again in President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), distills the seemingly complex changes to the health care system into basic comic strip form. Got a question about the health care phased-in mandates, prohibitions on screening for pre-conditions or which standard insurance coverage level to choose? Gruber hopes the straightforward book "Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works," will better explain the law—even as repeal efforts continue in the Supreme Court. And who knows, maybe the justices will even read it as they sit in judgment?

Guest:

Jonathan Gruber, professor, MIT; paid consultant, Romney and Obama Administrations on health care reform; author of "Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works"


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