As a longtime reader of Modern Healthcare, I was disappointed to see the editorial cartoon on p. 22 of the April 12 edition of your magazine. I found the cartoon very shallow, misleading and offensive as did many people who I talked with who had seen it. Since the majority of Americans were opposed to the healthcare legislation that was recently rammed through Congress, I am sure the majority of people in healthcare would share my objection with running it in your magazine. It is neither funny nor thought-provoking, as it takes a very complicated subject and does so in a very one-sided manner. Using a little girl, a man having what is apparently a heart attack, and a disabled woman, and using the term “heroic strategy,” and saying that the Republicans were “here to rescue” those people from their healthcare coverage goes far beyond what I would expect from an industry trade magazine. It is mean-spirited. The only part of the cartoon that I agreed with is that the law should most definitely be repealed and replaced. We can do better. It would be nice to see less one-sided, divisive and misleading cartoons on your pages in the future.
Rex WalkCEOCraig General HospitalVinita, Okla.