The Maze at Politics Central

There’s a new site just launched, affiliated with PajamasMedia, called Politics Central, the beta of which is now up and running. In its mission statement, Politics Central “aims to promote a deeper level of discourse, and seeks to introduce a consistent tone of civility in our coverage and discussions [of politics and discourse about public policy].”

It is a highly-polished site already, and promises to be a great resource, with some excellent pundits and writers, which can hopefully restore the substance, depth, and interplay necessary for a healthy democracy–characteristics long gone AWOL in our daily political discourse, much to our detriment as a nation.

And I am honored–and humbled–to have been chosen as one of the contributors for its maiden voyage. The Maze series–a multi-part work detailing the madness of our current medical billing and reimbursement system–will be featured in the Health Issues category. The first of the series (familiar to those who have been regulars here) may be found here.

So hop on over and take a look around–I think you’ll enjoy it.

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7 thoughts on “The Maze at Politics Central

  1. Congratulations Dr. Bob! You’ve got a few other series which I’d like to see in prominent places, too … you’re quite the eclectic author!

    Politics Central promises to be very interesting … at least we know they have good taste! :o)

    Your series on medical billing should be required reading for everybody. The subject by its very nature tends to be both dry and complex but you make it come alive. Congratulations!
    (I think this says more about Pajamas than you, by the way. You will be one of the jewels in their tiara.)

  3. Eeek! I just went over to Politics Central and saw they posted your real name with your Maze article. Now we all know who Dr. Bob really is.

    Was posting with your real name a requirement for Politics Central?

  4. Time to change my name and move to Mogadishu…

    Actually, they put my name up without asking (Gerard Van der Leun, the new PJM editor, spearheaded the article). I don\’t know if it\’s a requirement–but it\’s reasonable, if you\’re going to have such resources for policy discussion and such, that they not be anonymous.

    Anonymity on the web is largely an illusion, anyway–anyone doing a WHOIS on my site knows who I am, where I work, and my preference in aftershave (well, almost–I don\’t wear any, if you must know…[too much information–ed.])

    Anonymity on a blog for a physician is useful so that a patient googling your name won\’t have the blog pop right to the top, with some post ranting about ungrateful patients, or articles about paying prostitutes, or who-knows-what-else.

  5. Yes, anonymity on the web is an illusion. For that reason I always say if you really don’t want a certain person to find something, don’t put it on the web. But for the very reason you give I had assumed you sought as much anonymity as possible. I guess fame comes with its price . . .

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