MIT economist writing Obamacare graphic novel

Will Rahn Senior Editor
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Jonathan Gruber, an economist at MIT, is planning to write a graphic novel about President Obama’s health care overhaul, the Boston Herald reports.

Gruber, who holds degrees from both MIT and Harvard, helped craft then-Governor Mitt Romney’s health care policy in Massachusetts. The book, tentatively titled “Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works,” will be published by Hill & Wang.

“I’m going to use the facts to tell the story,” Gruber told The Herald. “I’m the narrator guiding the reader through the law. It’ll have lots of pictures and text.” He says that he originally turned down Hill & Wang when they first pitched him the idea, but later agreed to write the book after his family convinced him that too many people did not understand the bill.

Even opponents of Obama’s health care law think that Gruber was right to change his mind. “I’ve got to hand it to him,” The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon told the paper. “It’s a brilliant idea.”