Health Care

A Health Care Reading List

Prepared by Michael Cannon

Read This First

  • Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It by Michael F. Cannon and Michael D. Tanner (Cato Institute, 2007)
    America’s healthcare system is at a crossroads, faced with rising costs, quality concerns, and a lack of patient control. Some blame market forces. Yet many troubles can be traced directly to pervasive government influence: entitlements, tax laws, and costly regulations. Consumer choice and competition deliver higher quality and lower prices in other areas of the economy. In this new book, Cannon and Tanner argue that removing restrictions can do the same for health care.

General Introductions to Health Care Policy

On Reforming Health Insurance

On Reforming Government Programs

  • Medicare Meets Mephistopheles by David A. Hyman (Cato Institute, 2006)
    Let’s say you’re the devil, and you want to corrupt the American republic. How would you go about it? According to David Hyman, professor of law and medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, you might create something like Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly.
  • The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving (American Enterprise Institute, 2007)
    Weighs the various options for reforming Medicare, including moving Medicare to a pre-funded system of retirement health insurance. Thomas Saving is a former Medicare Trustee.
  • Medicare’s Midlife Crisis by Sue A. Blevins (Cato Institute, 2001)
    Puts the health insurance program for the elderly and disabled in historical context, reveals the shenanigans involved in getting it enacted, and details the threats the program poses to individual liberty.