Is Health Care Reform Constitutional?


Is it a right? Are the American people guaranteed good health?

That’s a question I’ve seen a lot over the past year or so. Many of those opposed to health care reform often cite the Constitution; usually with the rally cry,

WE THE PEOPLE

Perhaps they should read a little further…

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Here’s the definition of “Welfare” from Merriam Webster: “of, relating to, or concerned with welfare and especially with improvement of the welfare of disadvantaged social groups…”

From The Free Dictionary: “Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being.”

We The People, Indeed!

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3 responses »

  1. So you are a constitutional lawyer now? Article 1, section 8, defines the general welfare by breaking down the powers of Congress. Now let me look….

    Nope. I don’t see Obamacare.

    You can certainly expect a constitutional challenge on the mandate. Thats the thread that everything else seems to be tied to. We’ll see.

    • No, Mike, I’m not a constitutional lawyer. Are you?

      The fact is you’re expressing the Republican line again, one that’s been around since the Federalist days. One the Supreme Court hasn’t agreed with since the early 1900’s.

      News flash! No matter what you and the State of Texas think, Thomas Jefferson was a real person. So was George Washington.

  2. Dear Howey,

    My name is Barbara O’ Brien and my blogging at The Mahablog, Crooks and Liars, AlterNet, and elsewhere on the progressive political and health blogophere has earned me the notoriety of being a panelist at the Yearly Kos Convention and a featured guest blogger at the Take Back America Conference in Washington, DC.

    I’m contacting you because I found your blog in a prominent political and health care site search and want to tell you about my newest blogging platform —the public concern of health care. Our shared concerns include health reform, public health, and asbestos contamination.

    To increase awareness on these important issues, my goal is to get a resource link on your site or even allow me to provide a guest posting. Please contact me back, I hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara O’ Brien
    barbaraobrien@maacenter.org

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