In the late 15th century, John Morton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, served as a tax collector in England. He posited that a man who lives a modest lifestyle can save his money and thus can afford to pay taxes. If the man lives a lavish lifestyle, Morton said, he must be rich and thus can afford to pay taxes. This concept - two different lines of reasoning drawing the same conclusion - became known as "Morton's fork," which some 500 years later, could be applied to the American health care system.
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