Body Politics: A History of Health Care
In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt became the first presidential candidate to stump for national health insurance. He lost that election, but a century later, the issue continues to divide Americans.
On this episode, the History Guys explore the origins of the health care debate, and try to explain how we wound up with a system so different from the European model. They hear from Jacob Hacker, author of the “public option” plan, about why lobbyists hold so much sway over health policy, and travel back to 1611 to visit colonial America’s first hospital. They also hear the story of how inoculation first came to the New World.
- Jacob Hacker, political scientist and editor of Health at Risk: America’s ailing health system and how to heal it
- John Pagano, Historical Interpretation Supervisor at Henricus Historical Park
- The Health of the Nation — Jacob Hacker explains how we wound up with a health care system so different from the European model.
- Heathen Health — Nate DiMeo tells the story of how inoculation first came to the New World.
- Health Care in the New World — Catherine Moore visits Virginia’s Mt. Malado, the first hospital in the New World.
- Photos of the recreated 17th century hospital at Mt. Malado: 1, 2, 3
- “The Memory Palace,” Nate DiMeo’s podcast about American history
Call of the Week
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Want to dig deeper into the history of health care? Check out this list of resources compiled by the History Guys to learn more.