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Author: Michael Cruse

I live in Orange County, California with my wife and two wonderful daughters. My eldest is now off to college in Arizona. I started in IT, have led IT groups, Data Warehouse teams, overseen Facilities, and Sales Operations groups. I am now moving my career into Corporate Operations where I can bring all these experiences together.
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Why Ask Why

Why Ask Why

There are so many great works that seek the answers to the purpose and meaning of life.  Philosophy and religion are just two disciplines exploring the elements of the human condition and attempt to expand our understanding of the most fundamental questions about our existence.  I am not so grandiose to presume that I have any answers to these existential questions, but I have realized that the study of these matters sparked my love of the simple question of “Why.”…

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Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

Cordial Political Dialog in the Office

If you want to get a team riled up, drop a political comment into a group conversation and hold on.  Politics are more of a third rail at work than when we gather at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  I can say with confidence that political conversations frequently do not end well.  Oh sure, the casual banter starts off with reasonable engagement, but it quickly devolves into rhetoric as the verbal combatants stop listening and prepare to hurl volleys of poorly…

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A response on the Trump Administration’s idea of lowering drug prices

A response on the Trump Administration’s idea of lowering drug prices

From TheHill.com: Trump officials make new moves to lower drug prices https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/427932-trump-administration-make-new-moves-towards-drug-pricing-transparency I have no reasonable argument against the elimination of the prescription drug discounts and rebates that are contractually required by the pharmacy benefits managers (PBM) and have those funds redirected into patient discounts at the pharmacy counter. The patient out-of-pocket costs would effectively go to zero for the vast majority of common prescription drugs. Additionally, the wholesale acquisition price (WAC) would go down for the PBM and Health…

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Audible Sync Time with an Apple Watch

Audible Sync Time with an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch enables me to be reachable in an emergency while granting some needed time away from the incessant disruptions that resonate from my phone.  I have turned off most of the watch notifications and found the form factor does not lend itself to be a meaningful distraction.  I am looking forward to Spotify’s offline sync for the Apple Watch when it is released.  But for now, I have been taking podcasts with me on my walks.  Now, I…

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