John C. Goodman is the President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, Sr. Fellow at the Independent Institute, and author of the widely acclaimed, new Independent book, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning Independent book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.”


Dr. Goodman is frequently invited to testify before Congress on health care reform, and he is the author of more than fifty studies on health policy, retirement reform and tax issues plus ten books, including Living with Obamacare: A Consumer’s Guide; Lives at Risk: Single Payer National Health Insurance Around the World (with Gerald Musgrave and Devon Herrick); Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws (with Kimberley A. Strassel and Celeste Colgan); and the trailblazing Patient Power: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis, that sold more than 300,000 copies. His other books include The Handbook on State Health Care Reform, National Health Care in Great Britain: Lessons for the U.S.A., Economics of Public Policy: The Micro View (with Edwin Dolan), Fighting the War of Ideas in Latin America, and Privatization.


Dr. Goodman received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University, he served as President of the National Center for Policy Analysis for 31 years and has taught and completed research at Columbia University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas. In 1988, he received the prestigious Duncan Black Award for the best scholarly article on public choice economics.


He regularly appears on television and radio news programs, including those on Fox News Channel, CNN, PBS, Fox Business Network and CNBC, and his articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Forbes, National Review, Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News and other national publications. Dr. Goodman was also the pivotal lead expert in the grassroots public policy campaign, “Free Our Health Care Now,” an unsurpassed national education effort to communicate patient-centered alternatives to a government-run health care system. The initiative resulted in the largest online petition ever delivered on Capitol Hill.


Recent Posts by John Goodman

How We Can Repeal The ACA And Still Insure The Uninsured

Even if the ACA stays in place, there will still be almost 30 million people without health insurance. The initial goal of reform should be: making sure everyone has access to health insurance that is affordable and that gives them dependable access to medical care.

The World’s Greatest Health Care Plan

New legislation, introduced by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), proposes 12 bold ideas, half of which have never appeared in any previous bill or proposal.

What Health Policy Analysts Can Learn From Development Economics

In the 1993 paper, economists Kevin Murphy, Robert Vishny and Andrei Shleifer distinguish between productive activities and rent-seeking. The very same model can be used to explain the dysfunctionality in our health care system, and help us understand why so many proposed reforms are completely...

Six Problems With The ACA That Aren’t Going Away

There is an urgent need to make major changes in the Affordable Care Act regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell. There are at least six major problems with the ACA that aren’t going away.

Is Public Policy Changing The Practice of Medicine?

The quick answer to the title question is yes, but not in the way the architects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intended. Indeed, the most significant unintended consequence of the ACA may be the way poorly designed regulations are inadvertently opening the door to improved medical...

Why Don’t the Republicans Have a Vision for Health Reform?

In a recent Health Affairs post comparing the House Republican budget and the Senate Democratic budget, Uwe Reinhart says the contrast could not be more stark: At least the American people now have before them the visions the two parties have for our country, especially in regard to health...

April 2, 2013

Why Do Some States Spend More on Health Care?

One of the interesting features of the Affordable Care Act is that reform basically takes place at the state level. Yet the states are very different. Some spend more than twice as much on health care as others, as a percent of state income. For example, health care spending in three states...

Why Prices Matter Part II

In a previous post, I argued that the single biggest mistake in health policy is the belief that the best way to make health care accessible is to make it free at the point of delivery. In this post I will argue that the second biggest mistake is the belief that the best way to  Continue...

Why Prices Matter

The single biggest mistake in all of health policy is the belief that the best way to make health care accessible is to make it free at the point of delivery. This mistake underlies our entire approach to providing health care to low-income families in this country; it is the basis for the...

Saving For Health Care: The Policy Pros And Cons Of Different Vehicles

There are two ways people can insure for medical expenses: third party insurance and individual self-insurance. Under the former, a third party (insurance company, employer or government) pays the expenses. Under the latter, people must save and pay the expenses directly, from their own...