Michael F. Cannon

Mr. Cannon is director of health-policy studies at the Cato Institute and co-author of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.


ichael 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” (The New Republic), and “the man who could bring down ObamaCare” (Vox). 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 TimesUSA Today; the Los Angeles Times; the New York Post; the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Sun-Times; the San Francisco ChronicleSCOTUSBlogHuffington PostForum for Health Economics & PolicyHarvard Health Policy Review; Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine; the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; and the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. 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.

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