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Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. Cannon has been described as “an influential health-care wonk” (Washington Post), “ObamaCare’s single most relentless antagonist” ( New Republic), and “ObamaCare’s fiercest critic” (The Week). He has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal; the New York Times; USA Today; the Los Angeles Times; the New York Post; the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Sun-Times; the San Francisco Chronicle; SCOTUSBlog; Huffington Post; Forum for Health Economics and Policy; Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine; Harvard Health Policy Review; the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Cannon is the coeditor of Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform and coauthor of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It. 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 BA in American government from the University of Virginia, and an MA in economics and a JM in law and economics from George Mason University.

More from Michael F. Cannon


King v. Burwell Helps Repeal ObamaCare

The Hill (Online). October 19, 2015.

Time for the IRS to Come Clean

The Hill (Online). September 30, 2015.

On Health Care, Walker and Rubio Offer Obamacare Lite

Union Leader. August 28, 2015.


King v. Burwell: Desperately Seeking Ambiguity in Clear Statutory Text

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Vol. 40. No. 3. 2015.

Health Care Reform

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

ObamaCare: The Plot Thickens

Harvard Health Policy Review. Vol. 14. No. 1. Spring 2013.

Public Filings

Congress, Here’s How to Prepare for King v. Burwell

Testimony. April 29, 2015.

King v. Burwell

Legal Briefs. December 30, 2014.

Halbig v. Burwell

Legal Briefs. October 6, 2014.


Discontinuity of Care

December 16, 2015. Policy Forum.

14th Annual Constitution Day

September 17, 2015. Conference.

A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America

July 22, 2015. Book Forum.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Medicare Reforms

September 2010.