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March 29

Can Health Insurance Innovations Reduce Prices and Drive Cost-Effective Care?

Featuring James C. Robinson, Leonard D. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Health Economics and Policy; Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology, University of California–Berkeley; Mark V. Pauly, Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics, and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

March 31

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2017

Featuring P.J. O’Rourke, Author, How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Gary Taubes, Author, The Case Against Sugar; Sallie James, Director of Development, Cato Institute; Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

10:30AM to 2:00PM
InterContinental Barclay Hotel - 111 E 48th St, New York, NY