Must-Read: Richard Mayhew: A Thousand and One Posts:

Wow, that last post was my 1,000th post here at Balloon Juice. I was not expecting that when I first got started here...

I saw a lot of good questions about the ACA and how it would effect our community. I... asked if I could write a couple of posts to answer a couple of questions.... I figured that I would twenty to thirty thousand words in forty or fifty posts and then I would be done. Over the past three years, I have eight hundred or more health insurance posts with about half a million words written. That was a slight miscalculation....

My education has deepened as the community here and a second community of wonks, advocates and researchers. If I need to know about anti-trust law, I have a couple of world class experts who share their time with me. If I need to know more about Medicare, I can talk to people who are on it, I can talk with CMS techno-wonks, and national level advocates. If I need to learn more accounting, there are plenty of people who will share their knowledge and expertise with me. I never thought I would have written here for more than a couple of months. But between all of you, the community and John’s amazing ability to let things flow, I am more energized than I ever thought I would be a thousand posts ago.

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