Thursday, December 3, 2009

Doctor Strange's Health Care Promo

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A few weeks ago, we asked readers their thoughts on who would be the best superhero spokesperson for health insurance. Congratulations to our winner, Will, who came up with a clever promo/commercial for our favorite hero physician (next to Dr. McNinja), Dr. Strange! Here is the answer:

Dr. Strange brings the unique perspective of a man who was a doctor (leading neurosurgeon), a patient with a pre-existing condition that affects his employment options, and, currently, lost his job as Master of the Mystic Arts. I have no idea what health plan the Master of the Mystic Arts has, but he had access to a great deal of resources now not available. Here is how I see his ad going: "Hi, my name is Stephen Strange. To many, I am known as Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts. Unfortunately, like so many Americans I have recently lost my job as Master of the Mystic Arts and, in the process, I have lost my health insurance. With my numerous enemies, injuries, possessions, and other hazards, my premiums are far too high for me to afford and I am left uninsured. As a former neurosurgeon, I know the cost to the hospitals and the medical system of uninsured like me and that cost is also felt by you. Please join me in trying to end this broken system and, by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, we can have an affordable public option that insures all Americans."

This is a wonderful and hilarious response. The great thing about Dr. Strange as a spokesperson for health care reform is not only that he has seen the perils of our health insurance system from within, but that he would also be a terrific proponent of reforming areas of health that have not received enough media attention, namely health care delivery and public health. Furthermore, Dr. Strange has gained so much prominence (despite not having his own ongoing title and not being a registered superhero) that I would consider him among the A-listers in the superhero business. Finally, the commercial that was Will envisions appeals to the public's sympathies by telling a story that many people can relate to (well, inasmuch as they can relate to someone with powers of the dark arts). The combination of all these factors is likely to garner considerable support for the campaign.

Again, thank you all for your wonderful comments. Will, please email us at ecocomics dot blog at gmail dot com with your top five comic choices and address.

24 comments:

Will said...

Thanks for this. And I think Dr. Strange's story is one everyone can relate to. Who hasn't had their career ruined by an accident only to learn magic and then lose that magic when they turn to dark arts to defeat a rampaging hulk and have the same rampaging hulk shatter their hands? It is a story as old as time itself.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it works better than you think. As a surgeon, Strange left patients to die if they couldn't pay him and later felt guilty about it after becoming more enlightened.

ShadowBanker said...

Dr. Strange is actually one of my favorite Marvel characters. He deserves his own ongoing. Anyone reading the new Mark Waid mini?

Will said...

@Shadow I am reading it. Just finished the second. I like seeing Strange without the weight of the mystic world. I am happy to see him get some focus considering the "realism" that has been a part of Marvel has resulted in the magic stories kind of becoming obsolete.

ShadowBanker said...

Haven't read issue 2 yet, but I actually really liked the first. Mark Waid has been getting some bogus treatment on the internet recently, but I think his work is still great.

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