About Straight Talk

Straight Talk is your source for timely, trustworthy information on healthcare reform, costs & quality. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Healthcare Economist Michael Bertaut dives into the issues, cuts through the confusion and gives it to you Straight.

Mike Bertaut
Mike BertautHealthcare Economist | Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

The Facts on Healthcare Reform and Rising Costs

Healthcare Economist Michael Bertaut (BURR-toe) is a Certified Health Consultant and Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. He has more than 30 years of analytical experience in the healthcare, telecom and retail industry sectors. On the ground in D.C. when the healthcare reform law (PPACA) was written, Michael has taken part in more than 1,100 public discussions on healthcare costs and the impact of reform since 2009. Mike is a fellow of the Academy of Applied Politics at Louisiana State University, and author of this Hermes Award winning healthcare blog. Michael earned his MBA and BA from Louisiana State University and just celebrated his 35th year as a cancer survivor.

Michael is recognized as a national commentator on healthcare reform, quoted in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and state and local publications. He is a regular guest on the Talk Louisiana radio show.