Why I Wrote Reducing Medical Costs (At the Cost of Health)

Obama proposed his Affordable Care Act amid an outburst of praise from his party and an uproar of criticism from his opponents. I was inspired to write my first, and probably last, novel intended as a commentary on politics. I hoped to catch some of the controversy over the bill. As it turned out, the book was a commercial flop. The Affordable Care Act was shoved through both houses of Congress with minimal debate, and few people complained before the bill was passed.

The Affordable Care Act was conceived with good intent, but in its final version was deeply flawed. Nevertheless, it was law before most people realized what it contained. My opinion is that the bill was far too long and was pushed through congress without giving critics the opportunity to amend it. While that may have been good strategy for getting it passed, it prevented congressmen from finding and correcting by amendment some of the flaws that plague it even today. There have been 70 revisions of the program since passage in attempts to correct flaws. Had the bill been properly debated and exposed to the amendment process, some of these flaws could have been corrected by amendments to the bill.

So the book was my mistake, but I had a lot of fun writing it. I just could not capitalize on the short lived controversy. The readers I have heard from enjoyed the book. Instead of political commentary it should simply be considered entertainment. One reader liked it enough to give me the idea for the plot of a sequel. I am currently close to finishing the first draft of a medical thriller with the provisional title of Illicit Harvest. Some of the same characters are busy investigating a shadowy group who sell human organs for organ transplants.

For Reducing Medical Costs (At the Cost of Health), I created a family all of whom practiced one or another of the medical arts. The exception is the protagonist who was a retired school teacher. I lent the protagonist my home and located most of the rest of the extended family in the Albuquerque area. While hiking in the mountains near my home, I had discovered a shallow mine shaft that the protagonist and his brother use for shelter when they are forced to run for their lives. At the time of this book, Medicare is running out of money. Expensive patients seem to be dying in unusually large numbers.

As relatives start to die, this family of medical professionals becomes detectives.

Read more about these books at ReynoldConger.com.


About Reynold Conger

Reynold Conger is a retired scientist, engineer and teacher. Now writing fiction. His books are CHASED ACROSS AUSTRALIA, MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS (AT THE COST OF HEALTH). He has also started a series of novelas called THE RICHARD TRACY SERIES. Residence: New Mexico, USA Hobbies: gardening, animals and running. website www.ReynoldConger.com
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