John C. Goodman

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John C. Goodman (1946– ) is a libertarian economist and the founding president of the Dallas-based, free-market think-tank the National Center for Policy Analysis and Senior Fellow at the non-partisan, scholarly Independent Institute.[1] The Wall Street Journal and The National Journal have called Goodman the "father of Health Savings Accounts".[2]

Goodman received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He is the author of ten books, including the 2012 release, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, which provides a concrete alternative to Obamacare; Patient Power: The Free-Enterprise Alternative to Clinton's Health Plan (ISBN 1-882577-10-8) which was instrumental in defeating Hillary Clinton's health care plan in 1993; and Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws, with Kimberley A. Strassel and Celeste Colgan.

In Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis, Goodman asserts that empowering both patients and caregivers to control healthcare decisions produces greater patient satisfaction at substantially lower costs. The book emphasizes the importance that patients, payers and providers each operate according to economic incentives that encourage them consider both the costs and benefits of care, innovate to improve outcomes and lower costs and provide subsidies that do not arbitrarily benefit one group (like workers at companies that provide insurance) at the expense of other groups (like workers at companies that do not).[3]