Dr. Louis Balizet

Opinion: The Affordable Care Act in 2015 — where do we stand?

By Dr. Louis Balizet

The first week of January seems a logical time to review the Affordable Care Act and to speculate on its future. In 2014, we saw the start of the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, the end of Vermont’s attempt to expand coverage beyond the ACA, and continued legal challenges aimed at killing the ACA piecemeal. What do all these portend for 2015?

Francis M. Miller

Opinion: Health care industry must conform to the laws of economics

By Francis M. Miller
Between the end of World War II and the enactment of Medicare in 1965, the U.S. was focused on building its hospital infrastructure under the Hill-Burton Act of 1946. The year 1965 is almost a B.C./A.D. divide because after that year, the focus shifted to providing access to specific population groups. These groups included the elderly (Medicare), the poor (Medicaid) and trade union membership and corporate employees (ERISA).