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Past articles by Michael:

Give Floridians additional choices alongside ObamaCare

The cost of health insurance is swiftly rising, and Floridians pay more than the national average. One way to rein in those costs, writes the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, is to allow insurers from U.S. territories to enter the market in Florida. → Read More

Medicare For All would mean worse care for all

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has announced that as early as next week, his committee will hold a hearing “on the need to pass a Medicare for All single-payer pr… → Read More

Health Savings Accounts best 401(k)s and the rest

Only HSAs combine tax-free deposits, tax-free growth, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified medical expenses. HSAs also have no minimum-distribution requirements. → Read More

Again and again, the FDA fails American patients

Last week, the United Kingdom approved a new antiviral pill (molnupiravir). Studies show the drug reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among high-risk COVID patients by half. U.S. taxpayers funded molnupiravir’s development. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn’t even meeting to consider approval until Nov. 30. → Read More

MedPAC’s Nine “Medicare Challenges” Demonstrate Medicare Is Junk Coverage

If libertarians proposed a hypothetical health plan with all of Medicare’s failings, Medicare for All supporters would call it junk insurance. → Read More

Restrictions on Birth Control Show U.S. Health Sector Isn't a Free Market

In a free market, women could exercise their right to purchase oral contraceptives from any willing seller without needing the government’s blessing. Instead, the U.S. government violates this right in numerous ways. → Read More

Making Vaccination Mandatory Would Do More Harm Than Good

The United States can achieve “herd immunity” without resorting to mandates. → Read More

“If the Affordable Care Act Can’t Cover a Little Girl Battling Cancer, What the Hell Good Is It?”

ObamaCare has continuously pushed health insurers to drop coverage for his seven‐​year‐​old Colette Briggs’ cancer treatment. → Read More

The Great Bucatini Shortage of 2020 and the FDA's History of Telling Italians How to Make Italian Food

“Government,” Barney Frank reportedly said, “is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together.” Like tell Sicilians how to make tomato sauce. → Read More

U.K. Residents Have Some Health Freedoms that U.S. Residents Don't

The fact that the U.S. government intrudes on some health care rights more than governments in other advanced nations sits well with neither the Left’s narrative that the U.S. health sector is a free market, nor the Right’s narrative that other advanced nations have less freedom on all dimensions health care. → Read More

What’s the Libertarian Position on How to Distribute Vaccines?

There are no easy answers to the question of who should get a vaccine first, nor does there appear to be a libertarian answer. → Read More

Drug Reformation: End Government’s Power to Require Prescriptions

Government‐​imposed prescription requirements violate the rights of individuals to access the medicines they want. Evidence suggests that government‐​imposed prescription requirements make patients less safe, not more. → Read More

Would Invalidating ObamaCare Cause 20 Million Americans to Lose Coverage?

I hope the Supreme Court rules unanimously against the plaintiffs in California v. Texas, but we do ourselves no favors by overstating the consequences of an incorrect decision. → Read More

In a win for consumers, a court ruling affirms the legality of short-term health insurance plans

After the Supreme Court rejects the latest ACA challenge, perhaps ACA supporters can agree to allow the STLDI market to operate alongside the ACA as a parallel but free market in health insurance. → Read More

Buttigieg's Rhetoric Emphasizes Choice. His Health Plan Would Eliminate It.

What Buttigieg proposes is not Medicare for All Who Want It. He would continue to force taxpayers to participate in Medicare whether they want it or not, and ultimately would eliminate all other health‐​insurance options. → Read More

Opinion: Birth control should be available over the counter. How Congress can make that happen

If Congress fails to revoke the FDA's power to require a prescription to buy contraceptives, the FDA should make them available over the counter. → Read More

John Lewis, Libertarian Hero

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, throw a little love to all those in the Civil Rights Movement who gave their minds, gave their bodies, and sacrificed for the cause of freedom. → Read More

How expanding health savings accounts could cure America’s sick health care system

Economists of all political stripes agree the tax preference for employer coverage is ailing America. Large health savings accounts are the cure. → Read More

Reasons Why Congress Must Revisit Preexisting Conditions

The reality is that ACA’s preexisting-conditions provisions make tradeoffs that were deeply unpopular with voters in 2010 and remain so today. → Read More

Conservatives for Higher Taxes

Conservatives who argue Medicare should not pay less than it currently does for drugs need to address the paradox inherent in their argument that, in order to restrain government and have a free economy, government must spend more. → Read More