• Don Taylor is leaving TIE

    This is my last post at TIE. I am restarting my individual blog freeforall or www.donaldhtaylorjr.com. Here is an RSS feed for all the posts  http://donaldhtaylorjr.wordpress.com/feed/ The twitter account @DonTaylorFFA is a bot that will only send out posts from my blog, and/or you can follow me on twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

    The tag line of freeforall  is “health policy and budget wonkery and the politics of where they meet” which should sound familiar if you have been reading along; I also pay special attention to end of life and long term care issues. One new thing I plan to do at freeforall is to write about North Carolina as a crucial battleground state in the upcoming election, which it was in 2008 for the first time in several decades. I have lived 40 of my 44  years in N.C. and have always paid great attention to politics in my state, which could well decide the Presidential election this year.

    A year ago tomorrow I joined TIE, and did so as Austin, Aaron and I were seeking to obtain resources to make blogging a more “official” part of our jobs/lives. We managed to do that, but the initial arrangement has ended. Getting paid to blog definitely goes down in the ‘be careful what you pray for you might get it’ category for me, because the pace of blogging since Labor Day has been exhausting, and in some ways took the fun out of it. Many have already noticed that we have down-shifted a bit and each of us has been re-evaluating blogging on the back side of our past funding arrangement. Given these changes, it made sense on a variety of levels for me to go back to blogging alone. Though my work will likely appear in a few other places, this RSS feed should have all of my blogging.

    Blogging at TIE was a great experience for me and I learned a great deal from, and greatly admire my co-bloggers.

    • Austin has a keen eye for detail and has shown a singular focus that has enabled TIE to be known for focusing on the evidence. TIE has a special place in the blogosphere amidst all the noise and Austin is ultimately responsible for this success
    • Aaron brings great energy, passion and advocacy to blogging, but is capable of seeing evidence that proves him to be wrong, publicly saying so, and changing his mind. This is rare
    • Kevin may be the best  health policy law blogger in the U.S. on a word for word basis and can sort through the chaff for the wheat in health law like no other
    • Harold brings a generosity of spirit and granting people the benefit of the doubt without giving up his principles or shying from the debate. I wish all of us did this so well

    Thanks guys, and thanks to readers for comments, interaction and exchange.


    • Thanks for your contributions, Don — really learned a lot & will follow you at your new blog.

    • Don looking forward to our continued collaboration. Keep producing such great stuff.

    • You bastard! Now I have to make room for you on my Bookmarks bar again. Go Tarheels! (J/K, good luck and will continue to follow you.)


    • Don
      You have been a great e-friend in this space, and I want to thank you for your contributions here and the help you provided me.

      Nonetheless, with all your great work on fiscal reform, EOL care, and info that spilled forth from your book, the most memorable posts for me were how to butcher and BBQ a pig NC style, and tobacco leave collection. Funny how things stick with you–but leave it to a Yank to need that kind of schoolin 🙂

      See you on your old site.


    • Thanks, to you Don (and everyone else at TIE) for working to inform the public discourse. Whatever format you use, your efforts are appreciated.

    • Not ANOTHER blog to follow! Interns have enough to keep up with already. 🙂

    • Well said!! This Forum has been one that has successfully combined intelligent and rational analysis with thoughtful commentary on health care. It has been a pleasure to read with Mr. Taylor’s commentary.