Letters to the Editor

Facts about ‘general welfare’

Contrary to Ron Hewitt’s letter (Whidbey News-Times, Aug. 22), the U.S. Constitution does not discuss “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Those words are found in the Declaration of Independence.

The Constitution was established to, among other things, “promote the general welfare” of the citizens of this country. Universal access to health care is consistent with that objective.

A vigorous debate on the merits of government-backed health insurance would be welcome, but opponents of such a system should get their facts straight before shouting.

Gary Parker


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