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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” (The New Republic), and “the man who could bring down ObamaCare” ( 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 & 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


Seven Myths about King v. Burwell November 10, 2014.

Economists’ Arguments against Obamacare Lawsuits Backfire

Washington Times. September 24, 2014.

The Flip-Flopping Architect of the ACA

Politico Magazine. July 28, 2014.


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

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

ObamaCare: The Plot Thickens

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

Taxation Without Representation: The Illegal IRS Rule to Expand Tax Credits under the PPACA

Health Matrix. Vol. 23. No. 1. 2013.

Public Filings

King v. Burwell

Legal Briefs. December 30, 2014.

Halbig v. Burwell

Legal Briefs. October 6, 2014.

The President’s Duty to Execute Faithfully the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Testimony. December 3, 2013.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Medicare Reforms

September 2010.