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More Important Questions

September 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Here’s the real elephant in the room for all of us following policy change proposals in the health industry – is it “health care” or “healthcare”?

Astute readers may notice that I personally have transitioned in the past few months form the former to the latter. From my very limited knowledge of Chomskyan linguistics, this is the way language works, and it’s OK. As we become more comfortable with certain phrases and spellings, they become the new standard and what is proper changes. Firefox tells me with a red underscore that “healthcare” is wrong, but my cultural intuition has begun telling me it’s right.

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