Is There a Right to Health Care in the Constitution?
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said “I think health care is a privilege. I wouldn’t call it a right.”
Journalist Arthur Salm makes the argument that health care is a right under the Constitution. His authority:
Take this from the Preamble to the Constitution (my italics):
” … establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare …
And this, from the Declaration of Independence (again, my italics):“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
So, Salim argues these documents, "as read and understood through modern sensibilities" provide a right to health care. [More...]
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