Few subjects seem to make Americans as uncomfortable as that of the possible need to limit health care for the elderly. I say "uncomfortable" deliberately, though I might also have said "angry" or "indignant" or "outraged." I have heard those sentiments expressed as well, but "uncomfortable" better catches the more common reaction. Most people seem to understand well enough that, as the number of elderly increases, as the consequent tax burden escalates, and as medical progress marches on, it is perfectly plausible that not everything possible in the name of health care might forever be feasible That is an understandable, even if not necessarily attractive, picture of the future