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Professional Development Program for Educators

Recovery: Exploring Options for Health Care Reform

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Live Online via Zoom
Michael Cannon
Michael Cannon

Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Len Nichols
Len Nichols

Nonresident Fellow, Health Care Policy, Urban Institute

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Allan Carey

Director, Sphere Education Initiatives

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As health care prices skyrocket and debates over the future of treatment, and who ought to pay for it, once again take up the attention of Congress, Michael Cannon’s new book, Recovery: A Guide to Reforming the US Health Sector, provides a much‐​needed look into the challenges and opportunities for reform. Join Sphere Education Initiatives on February 15, 2024, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST via Zoom for “Recovery: Exploring Options for Health Care Reform” to hear from the author. Joining Cannon and providing critical commentary will be Len Nichols, nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute and professor emeritus at George Mason University.

  • This event will be presented via Zoom.
  • All Sphere alumni and interested educators for grades 5–12 are eligible to attend.
  • All attendees will receive a free copy of Cannon’s book.
  • Earn professional development for attending.



Michael Cannon and Len Nichols, moderated by Allan Carey

About the Book

Health care in the United States is not a free market. In many ways, U.S. residents are less free to make their own health decisions than residents of other nations. Government controls a larger share of health spending in the United States than in Canada, the United Kingdom, and most other advanced nations. State and federal governments subsidize low‐​quality medical care and penalize high‐​quality care. They block innovations that would otherwise reduce medical prices. Congress even funds veterans benefits in a way that increases the likelihood of war.

Fortunately, there are corners of the U.S. health sector where market forces have had room to breathe. In those areas, markets have made health care better, more affordable, and more secure. They have made health care more universal—both in the United States and in nations that supposedly already had universal health care. Sometimes, market forces develop such innovations despite government policies that exist explicitly to block them.