In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Featuring Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and author, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.
With the “public option” for health care reform faltering, “co-ops” are increasingly being discussed as an alternative. But what are health insurance co-operatives? How do they work? Are they a viable alternative or just the public option by a different name? Cato senior fellow Michael Tanner will discuss the history, successes, and failures of health insurance co-ops, and how they may or may not fit into health care reform.