Research versus advocacy

I’ve been receiving a fair amount of email about my recent posts.  An alarming number seem to be accusing me of failing to adequately support certain types of reform.  Apparently, it’s my fault we don’t have a single-payer health care system.

All kidding aside, I’m a researcher, not an advocate.  That means you won’t see me telling you how to vote, whom to support, or even how to feel about any reform.  I will answer questions as honestly as I am able; if asked for my opinion I will provide it.

I think I’ve made it clear that if it were up to me, I would scrap the system and start over.  I’m not one to let the perfect become the enemy of the good, however.  I want to see the health care system improve.  I want to see people decide how to do it rationally, armed with evidence.  This means that at times, I will disappoint you if you’re looking for me to support any one candidate or platform without criticism; no one and nothing is perfect.

If you’re looking for something else, this isn’t the blog for you.

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