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Tuesday, March 25th 2008

A Science Fiction Writer Says Something Stupid

A science fiction writer says we should solve the rising costs of health care by scaring illegal immigrants into not coming into the hospitalsounds like a gre-…wait, what?!

[Larry] Niven said a good way to help hospitals stem financial losses is to spread rumors in Spanish within the Latino community that emergency rooms are killing patients in order to harvest their organs for transplants.

“The problem [of hospitals going broke] is hugely exaggerated by illegal aliens who aren’t going to pay for anything anyway,” Niven said.

“Do you know how politically incorrect you are?” Pournelle asked.

“I know it may not be possible to use this solution, but it does work,” Niven replied.

I don’t even know how you respond to the stupidity of a comment like this, except just to denounce it as such. Larry Niven simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about…or how to write a novel.

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