Pop Culture Providing Explanations, New Perspectives On Health Law
An MIT economist is using the graphic novel format to "help make the pitch" for the health overhaul while a one-woman show, now being presented on a national tour, explores "the human side" of the continuing health debate.
The Boston Globe: MIT Economist Hopes Comics Will Explain Health Law
An MIT economist and adviser to President Barack Obama is turning to comic books to help make the pitch for the administration's embattled health care law. Jonathan Gruber said he was hesitant at first when a book publisher approached him with the idea of translating the complex new law into a genre more typically populated by superheroes in tights. But Gruber said his family, particularly his comics-obsessed 16-year-old son, convinced him that the pulpy panache of the graphic novel format would be an ideal way to help explain the law to ordinary readers (LeBlanc, 2/8).
PBS NewsHour: One-Woman Show Explores 'Human Side' Of Health Care Debate
Judy Woodruff speaks with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith about her one-woman play, "Let Me Down Easy," which tackles contemporary health care issues through the eyes of more than a dozen different characters, based on hundreds of interviews Smith conducted (2/7).