Daniel P. Kessler

Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow
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Daniel Kessler is the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on economics, public policy, and the health care industry. He is also a professor at the Stanford Law School and a professor, by courtesy, of health research and policy in the School of Medicine.

Among his publications are, with Mark McClellan, “The Effect of Hospital Ownership on Medical Productivity,” in the RAND Journal of Economics (2002), and “Designing Hospital Antitrust Policy to Promote Social Welfare,” which appeared in Frontiers in Health Policy Research. His books include a forthcoming second edition of Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), coauthored with Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow John Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard, and Regulation versus Litigation: Perspectives from Economics and Law (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

He is the holder of a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a JD from Stanford Law School.

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Analysis and Commentary

ObamaCare's Broken Promises

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 1, 2013

As the federal government moves forward to implement President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to spend millions of dollars promoting the unpopular legislation.

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A Tall Order for Medicare

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

Medicare needs to cut costs, escape political interference, and stay in business. Here’s how it can do all three. By Daniel P. Kessler.

Analysis and Commentary

Real Medicare Reform

by Daniel P. Kesslervia National Affairs
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Phantom Savings

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

Regardless of the future of ObamaCare, here’s evidence that key parts of the legislation have already failed. By Daniel P. Kessler.

Free-Market Medicine

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

A simple treatment for soaring costs and infectious bureaucracy. By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.

ACA ruling kicks the real challenges down the road

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 9, 2012

The fundamental challenge for American health policy is to balance three competing goals:  getting better value for our health care dollar, controlling public spending on entitlements, and providing a safety net for those who cannot afford care.  In upholding the (misnamed) Af

Analysis and Commentary

ACA Ruling Kicks the Real Challenges Down the Road

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 9, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

The Wrong Remedy for Health Care

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 29, 2012

The Affordable Care Act will exacerbate the problems with our current health-care system. Fortunately, market reforms are still possible...

Analysis and Commentary

ObamaCare's Bogus Cost Savings

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The evidence mounts that the health law won't make care more efficient or more affordable...

Another Nasty Side Effect

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ObamaCare’s vastly expensive, unfairly distributed insurance subsidies, like most tax gimmicks, will distort people’s incentive to work. By Daniel P. Kessler.

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