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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The Bill for This Baby

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Enthusiasm for universal coverage plummets when people find out how much they’d have to pay. By David W. Brady and Daniel P. Kessler.

By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.

Trouble, Doubled

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Comprehensive, low-deductible, low-copayment insurance isn’t the solution—it’s the problem. By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.

Who Supports Health Reform?

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Economics Working Papers
Friday, January 1, 2010

Economics Working Paper WP10101

Analysis and Commentary

Public Opinion and Health Reform

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 6, 2009

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that an "unprecedented consensus has come together behind" health-care reform...

David Brady and Daniel Kessler

Health Care Reform with David Brady and Daniel Kessler

by Peter M. Robinsonwith David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 19, 2009

Brady and Kessler combine the insights of a political scientist with those of an economist and offer unique observations into the political forces and policies at play in the current health care debate.

John F. Cogan

Doubling Down on a Flawed Insurance Model

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Obama’s health care plan takes the problems of the current system and makes them worse.

Analysis and Commentary

Doubling Down on a Flawed Insurance Model

by John F. Cogan, Daniel P. Kesslervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 25, 2009

“What this plan will do is make the insurance you have work better for you....And here’s what you need to know, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future. Period.”...

David Brady

Public Opinion and Health Reform

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Americans reject the cost of health care legislation but favor helping the chronically ill.

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