Health Economics, Policy and Law

Review Essay

The American right-wing policy agenda


a1 Washington and Lee University School of Law

Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It M. Cannon and M. Tanner Washington: Cato Institute, 2005

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System J. Cogan R.G. Hubbard and D.P. Kessler Washington and Stanford, AEI Press and Hoover Institution, 2005

Right-wing health policy is alive and well in the United States. Pro-business and libertarian health policy advocacy groups, generously funded by right-wing foundations (and, in some instances, by the health care industry), produce a continuous stream of press releases, policy-statements, books, articles, and symposia, as well as testimony before legislative and administrative bodies. Their positions are taken very seriously by the American media, who make certain that right-wing policy experts are represented in any discussion of current health policy issues.


c1 *Robert L. Willett Family Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA 24450, USA. Email: