This is the primary blog of Don Taylor, Associate Professor of Public Policy of Duke University that focuses on health policy, the federal budget and the politics of these key public policy issues. I began blogging in June 2009 at my freeforall blog (a blogger blog) before joining The Incidental Economist Blog from March 2011 to March 2012. I also blog at http://www.samefacts.com I teach health policy at Duke and my research focuses on health policy issues as they relate to end of life issues, particularly Medicare policy. I am the author of Balancing the Budget is a Progressive Priority that was published by Springer in April 2012. Most of my current research focuses on the economics of and policies related to hospice and palliative care with a particular focus on the Medicare program.