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For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care


Health care reform has been a contentious political issue in the United States for more than a hundred years. Even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which expanded access to health insurance coverage for millions of people, Americans continue to disagree on whether and how to make quality health care available to all. Citizens have made their voices heard in these debates from the beginning of the 20th century to today. This exhibit tells the lesser-known story of how movements of ordinary people helped shape the changing American health care system.

The exhibit is free and open to all during normal library hours. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at (804) 828-0017.

Image: Physicians rally in support of health reform, New York City, 2009, by Thomas Altfather Good/The Urban League, courtesy of University of Michigan-Bently Historical Library