Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ObamaCare: The (Too) Graphic Novel !

Always one to take a tip from Glenn Reynolds, I followed his link to Amazon to check out the list of top-selling graphic novels.  An while I was certainly not surprised to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Walking Dead crowding the top spots, I was quite taken aback by #5:

Written by a man who proudly proclaims his involvement in creating ObamaCare on seemingly every other page, it is described thusly:

You won’t have to worry about going broke if you get sick.
We will start to bring the costs of health care under control.
And we will do all this while reducing the federal deficit

That is the promise of the Affordable Care Act. But from the moment President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, a steady and mounting avalanche of misinformation about the ACA has left a growing majority of Americans confused about what it is, why it’s necessary, and how it works. If you’re one of them, buy this book. From how to tame the twin threats of rising costs and the increasing number of uninsured to why an insurance mandate is good for your health, Health Care Reform dispels false fears by arming you with facts.

Surely, I thought, this is camp. Or kitsch. Or parody.  But shockingly, it is serious.

It is #1 in a number of Amazon categories.  But is really being purchased by people who wish to "educate" themselves about the health care system?  Or is it being bought up by the Left, to evangelize, the way missionaries snap up bibles?

Another possibility:  Is this too-graphic novel actually being grabbed by farsighted memorabilia buffs, who see the value of a "We Like Ike" pin or a "Whip Inflation Now!" button, and want to invest in a piece of what is about to be America's socialist past, before it goes away forever?

And yet the reviews are fairly positive for this piece of pulp propaganda, although there are a few who refuse to get with the program and insist on resisting Dear Leader:

But rather than illuminate, Gruber demagogues the most critical issues by recycling - without challenge - virtually every canard employed by advocates of so-called "progressive" health care reform in the guise of fearsome monsters ultimately defeated by PPACA. In doing this Gruber reveals that, far from being the objective purveyor of fact, he is at best a cheerleader for the form of government-driven health care reform in which he has been an active participant....

 To paraphrase another reviewer, if Leni Riefenstahl wrote a comic book, it would be along the same moral lines as Jonathan Gruber's egotistical work.

Added bonus for haters:  Look who makes a cameo...!

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