Free Thoughts

A weekly show about politics and liberty, featuring conversations with top scholars, philosophers, historians, economists, and public policy experts. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus. See for privacy and opt-out information.


How to Fix Health Care

Can’t we just come up with a system that gives people as much health care as each of them needs? Is it the government’s responsibility to do that? Can the government do that? What about the market—what would a free market in health care look like? Would it look anything like the system we have now?

Michael Cannon joins Aaron and Trevor to help answer these questions. Cannon is the Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies.

Show Notes and Further Reading:

Michael F. Cannon, Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It (book)

David Goldhill, Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It (book)

Michael F. Cannon, 50 Vetoes: How States Can Stop the Obama Health Care Law (white paper)

Gallup Poll: Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility (November 18, 2013)

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