Daniel A. Dougan

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Still think we can solve health care with free-market principles? Just go to the ER.

Posted by danieladougan on January 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm going to share a Fox News story that has its roots in the federal government's intrusion in health care and how it led to a man's death because he had to wait too long to see a doctor. 

But it's not the government intrusion into health care you're probably thinking of. What really killed John Verrier was not the Pat...

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Why Mitch Was Right to Eliminate Howard Zinn

Posted by danieladougan on July 23, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"You wanna read a real history book? Read Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. That book'll knock you on your ass."  -- Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting



So there has been a big dustup

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How much computing power do you really need?

Posted by danieladougan on July 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Disclaimer: This one gets pretty geeky, but it might be worth a read before you buy your next computer or tablet.


Back in late 2007, I wrote a column (on MySpace!) about how upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista was a bad idea.


A lot has changed since I wrote that blog. The iPhone w...

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How IT Will Make the Affordable Care Act Work for Americans

Posted by danieladougan on May 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When speaking to the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009 about the need for health care reform, President Barack Obama cited an unlikely source. He said, "As Newt Gingrich has rightly pointed out -- and I don't quote Newt Gingrich that often -- we do a better job tracking a FedEx package in this country than we do tracking a patient's health records."


Mr. Obama's point was clear; although the debate over health care reform was intense and divisive at times alo...

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When it comes to dating, honesty is such a lonely word

Posted by danieladougan on December 9, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Think of this song as a promise you can do what you want,

If you decide you wanna move into a new stage,

Deleting me from pages in your mission statement,

My love is unconditional, make no mistake,

I don't ask for much, just be honest, with me.

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Marketplace bullies strangleholding innovation

Posted by danieladougan on November 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Progress is almost always a good thing for humanity. But there are always winners and losers. The automobile not only made travel much faster and more efficient, but it improved public health by reducing the need for horses to get from point A to point B. (Horses are beautiful animals and usually enjoy being ridden, but their leavings presented real disease problems in large cities when everybody needed one.) Unfortunately, for blacksmiths, the demand for horseshoes dropped significantly as m...

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Would you like some eternal salvation with that?

Posted by danieladougan on August 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This morning I was walking on the trail at a local park. I had my cell phone with me and my earphones in, absorbed in my music and the natural scene. During my walk, a runner came toward me on the opposite side of the trail. He said, "Here you go," handed me a business card and kept running.


At least it looked like a business card. It was actually a gospel message about "the most important day of your life." It apparently wasn't my graduation day, my wed...

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Perverse incentives and unintended consequences everywhere

Posted by danieladougan on June 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm a big fan of the books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, co-authored by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner. I especially like them in audiobook form because the reader, Dubner, throws his voice into a high shrill to demarcate when he is quoting someone else. But I digress.


The books consist of a series of anecdotes that are shocking, bizarre and occasionally inspiring. In the prologue to SuperFreakonomics, the authors tie ...

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Anger is a helpless feeling

Posted by danieladougan on June 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)

"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice." -- Ephesians 4:31, NIV

When writing a blog entry about anger, I deliberately sought out a quote from the Bible, a book (or, rather, a collection of books) that normally triggers angry feelings in me. The goal was to try to find something positive in there despite my instincts to the contrary. Amid all of the verses about God unleashing ...

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Progressive relationship norms and human nature collide

Posted by danieladougan on February 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Thanks that was fun
Don't forget, no regrets
Except maybe one
Made a deal not to feel
God, that was dumb

-- Barenaked Ladies, "Thanks That Was Fun"

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