Book Forum

Medicare Meets Mephistopheles

(Cato Institute, 2006)

Date and Time
September 21, 2006 12 - 2 PM EDT
Featuring the author, David A. Hyman, Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar and Professor of Law and Medicine at the University of Illinois; with comments by Ted Marmor, Professor, Yale University, and author of The Politics of Medicare; and Robin Wilson, Visiting Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University.

Let’s say you’re the devil, and you want to corrupt the American republic. How would you do it? According to David Hyman, you might create something like Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. In Medicare Meets Mephistopheles, Hyman wryly suggests that Medicare may be the greatest trick the devil has ever played: a massive government program that promotes all seven deadly sins as it drives the United States toward financial ruin. Two leading Medicare scholars will critique Hyman’s work.