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Health Choices in 2020 (Guest: Michael Cannon)

December 31, 2019

Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, talks about the health care choices faces voters in the 2020 election and government-run health care doesn't hold a candle to federalism.

Michael Cannon, health policy expert with the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, joins the Health Care News podcast to discuss the choices American voters will be facing in the 2020 election as it relates to health care.

Democrat voters are torn between believing Liz Warren's and Bernie Sander's big government solutions such as a public option or Medicare For All. Cannon explains why these programs are simply costly extensions of the same philosophy used to sell Obamacare: that a government monopoly on health care is better for Americans.

Cannon dismantles this idea and discusses some of the moves toward federalism, as well as his concern that some states are adopting medicaid expansion as they wait for the Obamacare challenge to move through the courts. Cannon also discusses his recent New York Times op-ed where he lays out the evidence that portable health insurance in the form of Health Savings Account may be the best option going forward to establish choice within the health care marketplace. 

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.