Monday, March 22, 2010

I Have Resurfaced!

Okay, so my last apology was insincere, but I really mean it this time.

So, here is the story of why this blog, after a brief but energetic start, went nowhere.

In April, I took a job as a healthcare equity research analyst at Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co., where my views on healthcare stocks are available to paying clients of the firm. Given that I was just starting up, I felt it necessary to focus all of my energies on getting up and running at MCH.

Now that I am up and running at work, and now that Obamacare is the law of the land, it is more important than ever that Americans involve themselves in the debate about healthcare policy.

I have been fortunate to find two first-rate platforms for my thoughts on healthcare: National Affairs, where I have published a 6,526-word thought piece on "Health Care and the Profit Motive" in the Spring 2010 issue; and Critical Condition, the healthcare blog of National Review Online. I owe a great debt to Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs; and Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, for what they do to improve my work.

My plan for the foreseeable future is to write long-form articles for journals like National Affairs, supplemented with daily thoughts at National Review Online. I will link to all such entries at this site, so you can track my writings either by visiting here or via my RSS feed and/or Twitter.

I have noticed a few out-of-date links around the site, and I will correct those posthaste. I want to assure my handful of readers that this blog is back.

One housekeeping matter: as I am a registered securities analyst, licensed by the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), I will not be making recommendations to buy or sell securities on this blog, or in any other forum, unless it is expressly provided for in the policies of FINRA and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. My intent is to focus my public writings on the public interest, irrespective of what I think of healthcare stocks. I don't seek any compensation for my policy writings.

Thanks for your patience, and I look forward to your future comments.

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