Rising health care costs and a growing number of Americans without health insurance are making health care reform a defining issue in this year’s presidential campaign. Two new books by leading advocates of health care reform argue that free markets are a better answer than government‐run health care. National Center for Policy Analysis president John Goodman debunks misperceptions about government‐run health care systems around the world. Pacific Research Institute president Sally Pipes explains why neither the U.S. system nor the Canadian system is perfect and offers solutions to improve both. Comments will be provided by scholars from different viewpoints: Jeff Lemieux and Robert Kuttner.