Humor, ridicule, exaggeration, mockery. Those are the tools of the editorial cartoonist for expressing opinions, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Clay Bennett. And perhaps nowhere has the satirical ground been more fertile over the last century than the fields of health reform.

Bennett, of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, joined APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin and APHA member and medical historian Ted Brown during a webcast last week to discuss the history of health reform through the eyes of political cartoons.

In a lively conversation hosted by APHA and Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York City, the experts explored the role of editorial cartooning in influencing policy and public opinion.

Their discussion was based on “The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History,” a new book by Benjamin, Brown and others 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 upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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