William M. Sage, MD, JD, an authority on health law and policy, is Vice Provost for Health Affairs and James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Sage is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, serves on the Fellows Council of the Hastings Center on bioethics, and serves on the editorial board of Health Affairs. He holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford, and has practice experience in both medicine and law. In 1993, he headed four working groups of the Clinton administration’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.

Before joining the UT faculty in 2006, Prof. Sage was professor of law at Columbia University, and has had visiting appointments at Harvard and Duke. His edited books include Medical Malpractice and the U.S. Health Care System and Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care. He has written over 100 articles in publications such as JAMA, Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the law reviews of Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Texas, and Vanderbilt.

Recent Posts by William Sage

Nothing (Still) Matters: ERISA Preemption Returns To The Supreme Court

After more than a decade without a major health care dispute involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 reaching the United States Supreme Court, the justices heard oral arguments last week on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

December 7, 2015Insurance and Coverage

Hearts, Minds, And Health Care Reform

Thinking about the Affordable Care Act, King v. Burwell was not a difficult case. But sometimes one should feel a law and a Supreme Court opinion. So before getting back to work, let us pause to do so.

Competitive Harm From State Licensing Boards: First North Carolina Dentists, Now Texas Physicians?

On May 22, a federal judge heard arguments on whether a Texas Medical Board rule falls under a Supreme Court decision subjecting professional licensing boards with a majority of members from the regulated profession to antitrust lawsuits unless they are “actively supervised” by the state itself.

Four Words Or 17 Syllables: Predicting King v. Burwell In Haiku

Editor’s note: Watch Health Affairs Blog for more posts on King v. Burwell and the Supreme Court oral arguments in the case by Tim Jost, Grace-Marie Turner, Sara Rosenbaum, and others. The resolution of King v. Burwell boils down to a simple point. A majority of the Supreme Court is willing...

From The Supreme Court: A Strong Endorsement Of Health Care Competition

The Supreme Court has spoken by a 6-3 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing an opinion for the Court joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.  In a strong, clear voice, the Court upheld the enforcement of a major federal statute against a state...

North Carolina Dental Board v. FTC: A Bright Line On Whiter Teeth?

On October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners vs. Federal Trade Commission.  The case does not involve the Affordable Care Act, but it goes to the heart of the professional self-regulatory paradigm that has governed the...

FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals: Another Piece Of The Puzzling Marketplace For Health Care Innovation

It is too soon to tell whether deciding the fate of national health reform last year in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius has generally emboldened the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve legal uncertainties affecting the health care system. Nonetheless, 2012-2013 will be a busy...

A Cure For Patent Pathology? The Supreme Court Reviews The Patentability Of Human Genes

“Are human genes patentable?” On November 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to answer this single question in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. Of course, the petitioners, including health care providers, professional associations, and patients, worded the question...

December 7, 2012

Preserving The Republic: Chief Justice Roberts’ Affordable Care Act Opinion

Chief Justice John Roberts did right by America.  Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law’s minimum coverage provision and allowed the Affordable Care Act to move forward.  Health reform is often simpler than it looks, and so was the Court’s...

William Sage On The Last Day Of Supreme Court Arguments: Enough Frivolity For A While

It’s finally over.  After nearly six hours of oral argument over the course of three days, the two cases challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act have been officially submitted to the Justices for decision.