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  •  just because (3+ / 0-)
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    andgarden, cocinero, bryduck

    it's bad if people are sick, that does not mean that there no value added to curing them.

    you are very, very confused. you are using the lack of sickness as the baseline, where the real baseline is people being sick.

    •  No, you are confused (0+ / 0-)

      Cutting non-value-add activity and reducing the need for it as much as possible is a net win for society (the losses by purveyors of that service are more than balanced by the gains by the rest of us).

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 09:31:32 AM PDT

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      •  health care (2+ / 0-)
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        cocinero, SwedishJewfish

        IS "reducing the need for more of it"

        a ton of our healthcare costs go for reducing the need for even more. antibiotics may keep you from having a foot amputated, for example.

        you are not stating the issue accurately.

        without health care, people get sick and die, reducing output. there is value added from it in a purely productive way (even if you want to ignore the suffering it prevents).

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