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.
  • '1099' Repeal Speaks Volumes About ObamaCare

    When 34 Senate Democrats joined all 47 Republicans last week to repeal ObamaCare’s 1099 reporting requirement, their votes confirmed what their talking points still deny: ObamaCare will increase the deficit.

    Feb 07, 2011

  • Just Call Me Liar Of The Year

    Just before Christmas, PolitiFact.com gave their Lie of the Year award to the idea that ObamaCare is a "government takeover of health care." But, according to Michael Cannon, significant evidence suggests this claim is no lie at all.

    Jan 24, 2011

  • Can We Stop Calling Them 'Consumer Protections' Now?

    These supposed "consumer protections" are hurting millions of Americans by increasing the cost of insurance and the cost of hiring, as well as driving insurers out of business. They should be called what they really are: regulations that can hurt even more than they help.

    Jan 10, 2011

  • Individual Mandate Would Impose High Implicit Taxes on Low-Wage Workers

    A Cato Institute new study finds implicit marginal tax rates would hover near 70-80 percent over broad ranges of income. In many cases, they would exceed 100 percent, financially penalizing those who try to climb the economic ladder.

    Jan 13, 2010

  • A Closer Look at Those Industry Deals

    Far from being "game-changers," the agreements are the same old Washington game of bribes, backroom deals, profiteering and protectionism.

    Jul 16, 2009

  • Is Universal Coverage Comparatively Effective?

    As congressional Democrats prepare to deliver on President Barack Obama’s goal of “expanding coverage to all Americans” an important question remains unanswered: is universal coverage worth the money? Not only is there “no evidence” to show that universal coverage is the most cost-effective use of our $2 trillion, the benefits may not exceed the costs at all.

    May 31, 2009