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Michael Tanner

Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies at the Cato Institute, directs research on new, market-based approaches to health, welfare and other "entitlements." His approach is based on individual responsibility rather than government control. Under Tanner's direction, Cato launched the Project on Social Security Choice--widely considered the leading impetus for transforming the soon-to-be-bankrupt system into a private savings program. Mr. Tannerís "The 6.2 Percent Solution: A Plan for Reforming Social Security," which calls for allowing workers to voluntarily invest their half of the Social Security payroll tax through individual accounts, has become the blueprint for Social Security privatization.

Tanner's writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC and Voice of America. A prolific author and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner served as director of research of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation before joining Cato in 1993.

 

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