BackStory Radio continues their fight to support your efforts to teach the Why History CBA:
In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate to run on a platform of national health care reform. He advocated a system based on the German model…and was soundly defeated. This episode of BackStory looks at the origins of our current health care debate. How did we end up with a system so different from other industrialized countries? Brian talks to Jacob Hacker, author of the “public option” plan, about why lobbyists hold so much sway when it comes to health care. Then we travel back to 17th century Virginia to learn about the continent’s first public hospital. And we also hear the story of how the practice of inoculation came to the New World.
- Article about early American federal merchant marine hospitals.
- Timeline of health care reform history.
- Origins of Medicare’s current troubles.
- Audio interview of historian Paul Starr about universal health care’s major defeats.
- Opinion piece on what it will take to pass health care reform.
- Summary of Harry Truman’s 1945 health care proposal.
- Op-Ed urging president Obama to channel Truman.
- “Historian’s Take” on the roots of the current health care debate.