100 Comics Positives For 2013: New Insurance Realities
There was a joke in comics that the only on-line cock-up as bad as the 2013 SPX registration snafu was this Fall's launch of an Internet interface for new health care options accessible via federal and state agencies. There have been a ton of frustrations, and I've read a few unpleasant anecdotes from comics people as well, but at least so far the bulk of those I've talked to in the comics world remain excited by the opportunity to avail themselves of greater options in this area -- and as mostly independent contractors making relatively little money, comics people fit one stereotypical target audience for a lot of the newer permutations of existing programs in addition to the newer ones. Two different creators told me that they anticipated being insured next year for the first time in more than a decade. If nothing else, this much attention on insurance options forced many creators to engage with an area of personal maintenance and upkeep that many let slide in favor of hitting the next show or making the next deadline.