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  •  Reetz - when did it become clear? (1+ / 0-)
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    The founders certainly didn't think that government should provide healthcare to everyone. There is nothing specific in the Constitution on the topic. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, phrase in the Declaration of Independence, is about self actualization without government interference, not a constitutional path to unlimited government benefits.

    I personally favor a single payer program, but that's a public policy issue to be debated and will happen when a majority of the members of Congress agree. I do not think there is any Constitutional prohibition that would make single payer legally problematic, but there is nothing in the Constitution that specifically requires, or even encourages, it.

    I your view when did government provided healthcare become an inalienable right?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 09:48:09 AM PST

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    •  Libertarian much? (0+ / 0-)

      Access to health care is a fundamental human right and a view of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution as living, malleable, and fluid documents allows one to see this. If you're a true progressive you can see this as a very clear issue. The Constitution gives all of the guidance needed if you don't care for the D of I.

      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.
      A more perfect, just, tranquil, defended from sickness, and generally well off nation would need universal healthcare as a basic right.

      The words of the framers clearly endorse this.

      •  I don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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        As I noted above I see no Constitutional issue with single payer, which I support, but there is certainly no mandate there either. This is something that will be decided legislatively. No federal Court is going to declare a right to healthcare and mandate single payer.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 04:56:59 PM PST

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      •  I doubt you will find any libertarians (1+ / 0-)
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        who support single payer.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:14:32 PM PST

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