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Letter to the Editor — August 16, 2017

Dear Editor,

I certainly can't refute columnist Charlie Mitchell's prediction that universal health care may be inevitable, ("Certainties include universal health care", Aug.11). Politicians on both sides of the aisle have shown a distinct fear of ever taking back an entitlement once awarded no matter how fiscally irresponsible.

I do part company with his comparison of health care to things such as roads, schools and such as a "shared service". Demands for these things are relatively inelastic. Demand for health care is not!

Demand for health care will go up exponentially as the price goes down to zero. Check out the waiting time for elective heart surgery in Canada if you don't believe me.

Noel Funchess

Cleveland, Mississippi 

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