Michael F. Cannon

Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies.

John Kasich’s Obamacare Duplicity

 

Ohio governor and GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich says he opposes Obamacare. Yet somehow, he has managed to embrace the law in every possible way. He wanted to implement an Exchange, even if it was clearly unconstitutional under Ohio law. He denounced the Medicaid expansion’s “large and unsustainable costs,” which “will just rack up higher deficits…leaving future […]

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How David Brooks Created Donald Trump

 

The ugliness of this year’s presidential race makes the New York Times’ resident erstwhile conservative David Brooks wistful for Barack Obama. The irony is that David Brooks, Barack Obama, and their respective tribes bear much of the responsibility for the rise of Donald Trump. “I miss Barack Obama,” Brooks laments, because “over the course of […]

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New York Times and Boston Globe Unload on Obamacare

 

Aside from one necessary clarification (see far below), it would be difficult to improve on what the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the enrollees they interview have to say about Obamacare. First, from yesterday’s New York Times article, “Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All but Useless”: But for many […]

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Yes, the Senate Can Repeal Obamacare’s Regulations With 51 Votes

 

The Hill reports the Senate GOP is trying to decide how much of ObamaCare to repeal via the budget-reconciliation process:  [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell only needs 51 votes instead of the customary 60 because he is moving the repeal measure under a special budgetary process known as reconciliation. The downside of the strategy is […]

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Do You or Someone You Love Suffer from PLDD?

 

I cannot tell you how many loved ones I have lost to this totally preventable illness… I would like to tell you about a serious condition afflicting thousands of policy analysts.  It’s called Petty Little Dictator Disorder, or PLDD, and you or someone you love could be suffering from this epidemic sweeping through our think tanks, […]

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Supreme Court Validates Obama’s Power Grab

 

Today the Supreme Court allowed itself to be intimidated. Afraid that ObamaCare as written would throw the sickest patients out of their health plans a second time, the Court rewrote ObamaCare to save it—again. In doing so, the Court has sent a dangerous message to future administrations: If you are going to violate the law, […]

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The “Wrong” King v. Burwell Ruling Would Help Tens of Millions

 

A ruling for the challengers in King v. Burwell would have benefits that swamp other effects of the ruling, including: More than 67 million Americans would be freed from illegal taxes in the form of ObamaCare’s employer mandate. More than 11 million Americans would be freed from an illegal tax averaging $1,200 (i.e., ObamaCare’s individual mandate). Affected workers could receive a pay raise of […]

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Is Obamacare ‘No Longer Just a Law’?

 

In a case called King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will soon decide whether it agrees with two lower courts that President Obama is breaking the law by subjecting 57 million employers and individuals to illegal taxes, and spending the illegal proceeds to hide the cost of HealthCare.gov coverage from 6.5 million enrollees. Today the president delivered a speech designed to cow the Supreme Court […]

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Life Saving Insurers

 

WellPoint, Cigna, and a number of other major health insurance companies announced last month that they will no longer bear the extra costs of caring for patients harmed by any of nearly a dozen types of preventable medical errors. In other words, the doctors and hospitals that harm these patients will have to foot the […]

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Romney’s New Rx

 

The struggle for free-market health care just took a step forward. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had achieved national recognition for enacting health care reforms that dramatically increased government interference in Massachusetts’ health care system. Now a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney last week unveiled a plan to reform the nation’s health […]

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