ACA made EZ

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, 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

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.