Cartoon of Clay Bennett, editorial cartoonist

Editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett discusses the history of health reform through the eyes of political cartoons during a webcast today with public health experts Georges Benjamin and Ted Brown. Image courtesy Clay Bennett

Efforts to reform our nation’s health system cover nearly a century, spanning world wars, political crises and economic tumult. Sharp commentary helped shape and sway public opinion on the delivery of health care during those years. Some of the most poignant came in the form of cartoons.

In a live webcast today, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Clay Bennett joins APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and APHA member and medical historian Ted Brown to discuss the history of health reform through the eyes of political cartoons. The discussion is based on the new book by Benjamin, Brown and others: “The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History.”

The book, published by APHA Press, is an engaging historical text that recounts the chronology of efforts to reform the U.S. health system through the lens of political cartoons published as early as the 19th century through the 2012 Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

The live webcast begins Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. EST. The program is a collaboration of APHA and Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City.

To learn more, read our Q&A with Benjamin and Brown.