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Allen Smith allens at yang.earlham.edu
Sun May 31 10:46:54 EST 1992

In article <9205292203.AA03905 at rust.zso.dec.com>, french at RUST.ZSO.DEC.COM writes
> In reply to article <9205290120.AA10093 at inet-gw-1.pa.dec.com> by
> In the not too distant future, we will face the prospect of being able
> to keep such elderly people alive and kickiing for as long as we are
> willing to pay for the health care.  Yet the cost of health care is
> now at the point  where any large increase will signifigantly lower the
> quality of life for the general public.
> The problem runs deeper than limiting the amount of public funds
> spent on health care.  For example, if the rich have unlimited
> access to any medical technology they are willing to pay for, then
> a great deal of resources will be diverted away from areas such
> as education and so on.  Furthermore, we are all subject to the
> survival instinct and few of us are capable of acting in the best
> public interest when it involves a matter of life and death.

        People are going to spend money on things that aren't productive.
For instance, I suspect most people would regard USENET as an unproductive
waste of time, money, etc. But that doesn't mean that they should be able
to restrict or ban USENET.

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