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John C. Goodman is president of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research

John C. Goodman is Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, president of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed, new Independent book, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning Independent book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare CrisisThe Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”

Dr. Goodman is frequently invited to testify before Congress on health care reform, and he is the author of more than fifty studies on health policy, retirement reform and tax issues plus ten books, including Living with Obamacare: A Consumer's GuideLives at Risk: Single Payer National Health Insurance Around the World (with Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick); Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (with Kimberley A. Strassel and Celeste Colgan); and the trailblazing Patient Power: Solving America's Health Care Crisis, that sold more than 300,000 copies. His other books include The Handbook on State Health Care Reform, National Health Care in Great Britain: Lessons for the U.S.A., Economics of Public Policy: The Micro View (with Edwin Dolan), Fighting the War of Ideas in Latin America, and Privatization.

Dr. Goodman received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, he has been President and Kellye Wright Fellow in Health Care at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and he has taught and completed research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas. In 1988, he received the prestigious Duncan Black Award for the best scholarly article on public choice economics.

He regularly appears on television and radio news programs, including those on Fox News Channel, CNN, PBS, Fox Business Network and CNBC, and his articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Forbes, National Review, Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News and other national publications. Dr. Goodman was also the pivotal lead expert in the grassroots public policy campaign, “Free Our Health Care Now,” an unsurpassed national education effort to communicate patient-centered alternatives to a government-run health care system. The initiative resulted in the largest online petition ever delivered on Capitol Hill.

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 2, 2020
By John C. Goodman
If there is a way to fix the nation’s broken health care system without raising taxes or mandating coverage, chances are The Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research and its founder, John C. Goodman, have figured it out.
September 3, 2019
By John C. Goodman
Surprise medical billing is a problem that needs a solution. My own preference is for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) solution.
July 1, 2019
By John C. Goodman
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have put aside grandiose thoughts of Medicare for All and single-payer health insurance—at least for a day or two.
May 31, 2016
By John C. Goodman
Most health policy wonks do not seem to be bothered by bureaucracy in any field other than health care.
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