There is a lot of talk about access, so very little talk about increasing the supply of doctors and health care devices.

It’s open enrollment time, and as I worked on my forms for open enrollment, I took note of the differences in costs for each health care insurance plan. Yes, I have a day job, and as I surveyed the plans offered by my employer, I found that there were only two plans offered this year. Your employer may offer more.

I see that there is a PPO insurance plan, which is traditional insurance that most of us are familiar with. With a PPO, we have in-network and out of network providers with their corresponding costs. We have the discouragement enhancing…


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When we notice the things we already have, we tend to prosper.

Every morning, I wake up and notice all that is right in my life. I notice that my basic needs are met, and I have gratitude. I notice that I live in a quiet neighborhood, and I have gratitude. I notice that I have two cars that I can keep running with proper maintenance, and I have gratitude. I notice that I have a wife who loves me, and I have gratitude again. I notice that I have two adorable kids, and I find myself in awe, with gratitude. But before I arrived here, at this place, I found gratitude…


If they’re looking for enduring happiness, they won’t find it in their extortion games.

I’ve noticed in the last week or so, that gas prices sure seemed high for this early in the year. It wasn’t until I had read the news of the Colonial Pipeline hack on the east coast, that I understood why. The hacker group, The Dark Side had installed ransomware on servers owned and operated by a pipeline company, encrypting files and making life difficult for millions of people.

I heard that The Dark Side had managed to shut down 45% of the nation’s oil supply with one hack. This of course spiked gas prices and caused more than a…


Yeah, the Republicans say that they want to shake things up, but not that much.

The internecine war over the future of the Republican Party continues. In the last 24 hours, Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and one-time Trump supporter turned Trump antagonist, has been removed from her post as the chair of the House Republican Conference. Like you, I noticed Trump’s intense antipathy for people who voted to impeach him earlier this year. And like many others, I wondered what this spat was all about, and just what the House Republican Conference does. …


The GOP is operating on a theory of incentives that they are reluctant to explain.

Throughout the debate on the stimulus packages that have been passed over the last year or so, I have heard a common theme from the GOP: we just want people to have an incentive to work. They fretted over the fact that the enhanced unemployment benefits provided in response to the pandemic would be a disincentive to work. Worse, they worried that employers would have to increase wages in competition with the enhanced unemployment benefit just to get people to show up and apply for a job. …


Who knew that we could produce vaccines without patents?

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There is a tsunami heading towards American shores. It’s not a tsunami under the ocean. This wave of sentiment is coming at us from the poorest countries of the world, and that sentiment is that the United States should share its vaccine technology with the rest of the world so that the worlds poor need not suffer from COVID any longer.

In the time since the first COVID vaccines were invented, the United States has become the largest producer of coronavirus vaccines in the world. Now the world says that we should share our inventions with them by allowing any…


So interesting that Republicans and Democrats are talking about antitrust reform for a few big businesses while ignoring theirs.

The Hill reports that both parties are thinking really hard about antitrust reform. Republicans are talking up antitrust reform after they learned that Facebook would not let former President Donald Trump back on their social media platform. They’re worried that a company like Facebook or Twitter can ban someone from their platforms, exercising power to silence conservative views. Democrats are involved, but they don’t seem very committed. Most of the news talk about antitrust law has been about social media platforms, not about mergers and acquisitions. …


If you think the census was bad, wait until you see the polling.

During the last census, we saw an administration bent on ignoring data. Bent on excluding data. Bent on denying the benefits of living in the United States to some people. You know, because some people are better than others. The words that come to mind are made up things like “immigration crisis” and “border crisis”. Those are the buzz words that former president Donald Trump used to rile up his base to get them out to vote, despite the fact that the actual number of people migrating illegally to the United States is far lower than it used to be


Never say “no” to progress. Let us air our political disagreements transparently.

I used to attend improvisation class. I don’t remember exactly how I found the class. I was single at the time and I was not into the bar scene, and I wanted to do something different. I think I ran across an ad in the OC Weekly for the improvisation class. I had many great and fun times at that class, but the one thing that I took away from the class was this:

When you’re on stage for improvisation, the golden rule is to never say ‘no’. Whatever happens on stage, roll with it.

During an improvisation sketch, the…


Happiness is not something we wait for. We decide to be happy.

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Today, I’m happy. I have traveled a long and uneven road to get here. Sometimes the road was muddy. Sometimes the road was unclear. Sometimes the road went over mountains. Sometimes the road went through deserts. And sometimes the road seemed to go nowhere. But I committed to staying on the road to happiness. I made a decision to be happy.

There was a time, long ago, when I was not so happy. Everyone else seemed to have what I wanted. They had nice houses, nice jobs, they were in relationships, they had kids that did well, they went on…

ScottCDunn

Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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