Big news. I am joining the Incidental Economist blog as a regular blogger. This is a great move for me because I think TIE is the best health policy blog around, and I admire both Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll as bloggers, and have enjoyed my recent interactions with them leading up to this announcement. The move to TIE is the first step in some exciting new plans that we hope to announce over the next few weeks.
Please subscribe to the Incidental Economist as that will be my primary blogging home by Friday, March 18, 2011. This site will remain available for links and searches....there may be a migration of posts at some point in the future, but not right away.
Freeforall was started on a whim as a way to aggregate some background information related to the columns that I wrote on health reform for the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer. It has become an important part of my professional life, and having to explain myself and take public responsibility for my words on a (near) daily basis has helped me refine what I think, learn to make the case, and realize that I am sometimes wrong (my wife and kids already knew this). The people that I have met because of the blog have convinced me that we academics must go beyond simply publishing a paper in a peer review journal if we truly want to have an impact, but paying attention to the research has been what I have tried to do. Beyond that, I have wanted to give others the benefit of the doubt because that is what I would like to receive in return as we debate and discuss our way toward a better health care system. The tag line of the Incidental Economist is "Contemplating health care with a focus on research, an eye on reform." Sounds perfect for me.