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Michael F. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies. Cannon has been described as “an influential health-care wonk” (Washington Post), “ObamaCare’s single most relentless antagonist” ( New Republic), “ObamaCare’s fiercest critic” (The Week), and “the intellectual father” of King v. Burwell (Modern Healthcare). He has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel, and NPR. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal; the New York Times; USA Today; the Washington Post; the Los Angeles Times; the New York Post; the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Sun-Times; the San Francisco Chronicle; SCOTUSBlog; Huffington Post; Forum for Health Economics and Policy; JAMA Internal Medicine; Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine; Harvard Health Policy Review; the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Cannon is the coeditor 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. 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.

He holds a BA in American government from the University of Virginia, and an MA in economics and a JM in law and economics from George Mason University. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Harvard Health Policy Review.

More from Michael F. Cannon



Ascertaining Costs and Benefits of Colonoscopy More Difficult Than the Procedure Itself

JAMA Internal Medicine. June 21, 2016.

Health Care’s Future Is so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Willamette Law Review. Vol. 51. No. 4. Summer 2015.

King v. Burwell: Desperately Seeking Ambiguity in Clear Statutory Text

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Vol. 40. No. 3. 2015.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

14. Veterans Benefits

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

4. Repealing Obamacare

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health-Care Reform

Cato Journal. Fall 2016.


Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together

July 14, 2019 to July 18, 2019. Conference.

25 Years of Patient Power

April 9, 2019. Book Forum.

How Much Should Medicare Pay for Drugs?

April 1, 2019. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Downsizing Government

Medicare Reforms

September 2010.