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Michael Cannon discusses a topic people seem to love getting into debates over: health care and the idea of government health care reform.

Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor
Trevor Burrus
Research Fellow, Constitutional Studies

Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee, where he advised the Senate leadership on health, education, labor, welfare, and the Second Amendment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American government (B.A.) from the University of Virginia, and master’s degrees in economics (M.A.) and law & economics (J.M.) from George Mason University.

Can’t we just come up with a system that gives people as much health care as each of them needs? Is it the government’s responsibility to do that? Can the government do that? What about the market—what would a free market in health care look like? Would it look anything like the system we have now?

Michael Cannon joins Aaron and Trevor to help answer these questions. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies.

Show Notes and Further Reading:

Michael F. Cannon, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It (book)

David Goldhill, Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It (book)

Michael F. Cannon, 50 Vetoes: How States Can Stop the Obama Health Care Law (white paper)

Gallup Poll: Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility (November 18, 2013)