Political Theory

Liberty and Healthcare: Compatibility in the Twenty-first Century?


This conference compared the historical evolution, current arrangements, and possible changes to the health care systems of the United States and Canada in order to understand which features of the two systems are best for a free society.


Conference Readings

The Barbarian Invasions. Directed by Denys Arcand. Culver City: Miramax, 2004. DVD.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 1: The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Buchanan, James M. and Gordon Tullock. The Selected Works of Gordon Tullock, Volume 2: The Calculus of Consent. Edited by Charles K. Rowley. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004.

Deber, Raisa Berlin. “Health Care Reform: Lessons From Canada.” American Journal of Public Health 93, no. 1 (January 2003): 20-24.

Emery, J. C. Herbert. “Understanding the Political Economy of the Evolution and Future of Single-Payer Public Health Insurance in Canada.” The School of Public Policy 3, no. 2 (February 2010): 1-29.

Esmail, Nadeem and Michael Walker. “How Good is Canadian Health Care? 2008 Report.” Fraser Institute. http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=13104 (October 27, 2011).

Gratzer, David. Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System. Toronto: ECW Press, 1999.

Gruber, Jonathan. “The Impacts of the Affordable Care Act: How Reasonable Are the Projections? NBER Working Paper No. 17168.” National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 2011.

Henderson, David R, “Myths About U.S. Health Care” In Better Medicine: Reforming Canadian Health Care, edited by David Gratzer, 175-195. Toronto: ECW Press, 2002.

Lewis, Steven, Cam Donaldson, Craig Mitton, and Gillian Currie. “The Future of Health Care in Canada.” British Medical Journal 323 (Fall October 20, 2001): 926-929.

Scandlen, Greg. “100 Years of Market Distortions.” Consumers for Health Care Choices (May 22, 2006): 1-20.

Simmons, Randy T. Beyond Politics: The Roots of Government Failure. Oakland: The Independent Institute, 2011.

Tanzi, Vito. Government versus Markets: The Changing Economic Role of the State. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.