Columns: Michael F. Cannon

Michael F. Cannon is director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and coauthor of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Care and How to Free It.
  • A Medicare Reform Model Everyone Can Love (Guest Opinion)

    Democrats and Republicans may not be able to agree on whether to increase taxes as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. But they can at least agree on this much: the need to restrain Medicare spending. The trick is finding a way to do it without sacrificing quality and access to care.

    Jul 11, 2011

  • A(nother) Bad Month For Obamacare (Guest Opinion)

    The month of June has been a tough one for Obamacare. With a variety of reports questioning a range of its provisions, one must wonder how many more months like this it can endure before it becomes a former law?

    Jun 27, 2011

  • ACO Debacle Exposes Obamacare's Fatal Conceit (Guest Opinion)

    Obamacare's number-one idea for improving health care quality and reducing costs is to promote something called "accountable care organizations" in Medicare is sinking like a stone because it is premised on the notion that government experts can direct the market better than consumers.

    Jun 03, 2011

  • Sit Down, Mitt, You're Not Helping (Guest Opinion)

    Mitt Romney’s reversals on a variety of policy issues create the impression that when he's with you, he’s with you. At least until he leaves the room. The impression is again playing out in regard to Romney's stunning reversal on Massachusett's health plan.

    May 16, 2011

  • Yes, Cut Medicaid – It Won’t Be As Painful As You Think (Guest Opinion)

    The president and the Republicans agree that balancing the federal budget is impossible without restraining Medicaid spending. That will be much easier if we could stop pretending that every single Medicaid enrollee needs to be there.

    May 05, 2011

  • Governors' Letter Shows Why Medicaid Block Grants Are Necessary -- Guest Opinon

    Seventeen governors sent a letter to congressional leaders in opposition to a plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to convert Medicaid into a block grant program. But their criticisms fall flat.

    Apr 18, 2011

  • Ryan Budget: A Huge Opportunity To Improve Health Care

    This week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will release a budget blueprint that tackles the three big health care challenges facing the budget – ObamaCare, Medicare and Medicaid – with a strategy of repeal, vouchers and block grants.

    Apr 04, 2011

  • What A Difference A Year Makes

    One year ago, the House approved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Two days later, the measure became law. Normally, that would be enough to transform a bill into a permanent fixture of American life. But this was no ordinary bill.

    Mar 21, 2011

  • So This Is Freedom? They Must Be Joking.

    Despite the rhetoric about compromise, what President Barack Obama actually did when he announced that states would have some flexibility in implementing the health law was give states the option of replacing his law with a single-payer health system three years earlier than it otherwise could have happened.

    Mar 07, 2011

  • All Governors Should Just Say No To ObamaCare

    Those who believe the health law is unconstitutional have a solemn obligation not to implement it.

    Feb 22, 2011