Uncertainty: Washington, D.C., Behavior, and Your Rates

At its heart, health insurance is a pretty simple business. Instead of running the risk of a medical situation that outstrips your ability to pay for it (and in the healthcare world, that’s a pretty common occurrence), you transfer some or most of that risk to another entity (like Blue […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog, costs, rates|0 Comments

Nothing Has Changed

I would be the first to admit that 2017 has been a very confusing year for people who have to make decisions about health insurance.  Much has been made all year long about promise after promise from politicians across the political spectrum (including the president, who threatened to “let Obamacare […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Straight Talk to Video

Blue Cross Healthcare Economist Mike Bertaut is on the road, on the job and around Louisiana. Now is your chance to follow along, as he brings the Straight Talk to you and your fellow Louisianians in our new series of videos.

The Holy Grail of Health Insurance: making patients healthier BEFORE […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You want me to pick up WHAT for Supper? The Trials and Tribulations of Fixing My Health!

NOTE FROM MIKE: Lots happening this week with Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ, the other healthcare reform bill I said last week that I’d write about), including the latest that the Senate will not vote on the bill. I’ll be back to give you my take on the entire legislative ups and downs. […]

By |September 26th, 2017|Bertaut's Blog|5 Comments

Single Payer? Medicare For All? Exchange Failures?

I once heard a radio host say “Dreaming is important. But to do my job, I HAVE to be the mayor of Real Ville!”

I’m totally in on that one. You can’t deliver Straight Talk if you’re not willing to live in Real Ville. This doesn’t mean I like crushing people’s […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|9 Comments