Welfare, it's in the Constitution
August 11, 2009 · Updated 4:02 PM
During the League of Women Voters forum on health care in Coupeville on August 6, one of the speakers said that welfare was plainly stated in the preamble to the Constitution.
Because time was limited, Rep. Barbara Bailey’s reply was brief. She said that it did not mean that the government should provide care. I would appreciate her interpretation of the word “welfare” as written by Thomas Jefferson. What does she think our founding fathers intended, and what does it mean, especially as it relates to universal health care?
Webster’s New World Dictionary: “Welfare ... condition of health, happiness and prosperity; well being.”
The Concise Oxford Dictionary: “Health & prosperity.’’