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Alan Zemek

Common Currency: Health care defines 'aristocrats,' have-nots

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The word aristocracy comes to us from the Greek words "aristos", meaning excellent, and "kratos," meaning power. As a definition of a system that provides privilege and entitle- ment to its members based on class rather than by merit, the roots of its meaning are both appropriate and evocative; an aristocrat is someone who has "excellent power."

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