The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 18, 2013

Health care inferred with 'We the people'

The Mankato Free Press

---- — In Mr. Bob Jentges’ letter to the editor dated Sept. 8, I am aghast at his view of the intent of the founding fathers. Health care is a human and citizen right, as laid out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Somehow, Mr. Jentges chooses to “pigeonhole” unalienable rights in some inactive file as “natural individual rights.” However, he completely neglects to consider the next phrase of the Declaration of Independence where it says, “ — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.”

Mr. Jentges then makes a statement that the Supreme Court did not rule health care as a right, but he acknowledged the government’s right to mandate health insurance, or pay a tax. He specifies that natural individual rights don’t impose obligations on other people for anything? Mr. Jentges, but that is precisely what the Supreme Court did. It imposed obligations on others.

Mr. Jentges’ view of health care is completely divergent from the intent of our country’s founding and the principles that have allowed it to endure. You see, even our Constitution starts out with “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish…promote the general welfare… do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.” Now, there is no “Me” in there. Only “We.”

Dan Conner