David Balat is the director of the Right on Healthcare initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and founder of the patient-physician coalition, Free2Care. He has broad experience across the healthcare spectrum with special expertise in healthcare finance. He is a former congressional candidate in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District and a seasoned hospital executive with more than 20 years of healthcare industry leadership and executive management experience.
Balat has earned the privilege of being invited to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform in Washington, D.C., and before various House committees in the Texas state Legislature. He is a published op-ed columnist in The Hill, Real Clear Politics, and other news outlets and an active speaker and commentator on matters of health policy. He speaks at national conferences and advises on healthcare policy to both state and federal lawmakers.
Balat often volunteers to help families navigate their bills and how to understand their benefits. He serves as a board member for a nonprofit focused on educating legislators and the community about important matters pertaining to healthcare freedom.
Balat is a first generation American and the first in his family to graduate from college. He received his B.S. from the University of Houston and joint master’s degrees in business administration and hospital administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.