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Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. 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. Cannon has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. Cited by the Washington Post as “an influential health-care wonk at the libertarian Cato Institute,” his articles have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Forum for Health Economics & Policy, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine, and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Cannon is the co-editor 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American government (B.A.) from the University of Virginia, and master’s degrees in economics (M.A.) and law & economics (J.M.) from George Mason University.

More from Michael F. Cannon


The Flip-Flopping Architect of the ACA

Politico Magazine. July 28, 2014.

Reining in ObamaCare—and the President

The Wall Street Journal (Online). July 25, 2014.

The Other Veterans Scandal

The New York Times. June 15, 2014.


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.

Opponents of New Federal Health Care Law Wage Constitutional War in Courts

Bloomberg BNA: Daily Tax Report. January 4, 2011.

Public Filings

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

Testimony. December 3, 2013.

King v. Sebelius

Legal Briefs. November 27, 2013.

Halbig v. Sebelius

Legal Briefs. November 18, 2013.


Downsizing the Federal Government

Medicare Reforms

September 2010.