Is medical care a Right? (fwd)

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Mon Jun 17 09:47:59 EST 1996

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Date: Mon, 17 Jun 1996 10:02:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: Alexander Berezin <berezin at mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA>
To: Opus <jlowe000 at>
Subject: Re: Is medical care a Right?

On Mon, 17 Jun 1996, Opus wrote:

> >On Fri, 14 Jun 1996, jl4 wrote:
> >
> >> > (1) Can you be specific in defining what is 'top notch' as opposed to what
> >> > isn't ?
> >>
> >> Any think tank who's research is done using accepeted scientific methods.
> >
> >Individual scientists usually make many mistakes
> >but at least once in a while are right. Committee
> >('think tanks') are wrong in all times. This is
> >because even when individual members bring in some
> >sensible thoughts/suggesstion, they are invariably
> >smashed by the conformistic/corportae mentality
> >dominant in all commitees. Committeess exist to
> >diffuse responsibility, not to find solutions.
> CATO studies are written by individuals, not committees.  Committees can
> also be used to share ideas.
> >And what is 'accepted scientific method'
> >you mention above? Accepted by whom ?
> >This is highly questionable issue in
> >itself.
> I guess you must have skipped science class in school.
> >> > (2) What are these SPECIFIC 'research and  conclusions' reached at CATO
> >> > institute which have  an undeniable benefits to the health of the
> >> Americans
> >> > (and perhaps, health in general) ?
> >>
> >> You can research for yourself at
> >
> >If something can be demonstrated only by
> >searching through the internet, the case does
> >not appalling to me as being particularly
> >strong at first place. It is likely pretty weak.
> >
> >Alex Berezin
> >
> >
> You could also go to the library.  While your at it you could pick up a
> book on logical analysis and the scientific method....

Dear Opus:

I am not guessing what classes you skipped in school
or if you have had any - it is YOU who jumps to the 
suggestions of this kind about a person you don't know. 
I regrettfully conclude that it points to some weaknesses
in your personal logical inference apparatus.

If you care to educate yourself on the topics of
scientific method and its limitations, any university
bookstore can help you. Also, I suggest you read (as
a minimum) papers by Forsdyke, Osmond, Horrobin and
McCutchen from the attached list 


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