According to the New Republic, if Michael Cannon* doesn’t like your face he’ll cut you.
Why did so many states that fiercely guard their prerogative to handle their own affairs cede control of their health insurance markets to Washington?
Well, a disproportionate share of the credit or blame—depending on how you’re looking at it—goes to a person you’ve probably never heard of: Michael Cannon.
Cannon is a health care policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute. He is engaging and sharp-witted. He is also an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act, and has for several years now been embarked on a legal crusade that, while a ways from triumphing, may have inadvertently played an outsized role in suppressing the number of states setting up their own exchanges, thereby greatly confounding the law’s implementation.
Michael Cannon is also kind of bemused by the attention:
Says here I’m “engaging and sharp-witted.” Also, “a person you’ve probably never heard of.” http://t.co/sxQd8OrINw
— Michael F. Cannon (@mfcannon) November 13, 2013
Seriously. They’re kind of reaching at this point, huh?
*I’d call him “Mike,” except that if I did that without permission he’d probably nuke my town.