November 11, 2006

"American Healthcare Today" by CATO's Mike Tanner

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Mike Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies at the Cato Institute, will give a talk entitled, “American Health Care Today: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.

Tanner will travel from the Cato Institute, headquartered in Washington, D.C., to speak to an open Cornell audience.

Tanner is a leading national figure in efforts to transform health care financing. He is the author of several federal policy analysis books, including “Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It”, published in 2005. His commentaries have appeared in a great majority of major American newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Mr. Tanner is especially concerned that millions of Americans lack health insurance, that the health insurance system of America is riddled with waste at almost every level of administration, and that the quality of health care among Americans is exceptionally uneven. At his talk, he will explain why national health care systems are rarely less costly, after all dollars have been counted, than free market solutions to the same health demand, and how the market simultaneously delivers higher quality and more accessible health care than other alternatives. Tanner is a proponent of health savings accounts (HSA’s), which are currently being used by over 3 million Americans.