We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defense,
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.
Given that the above was the opening statement in beginning this experiment in self-government in the first place, I have never understood what is so complicated about the idea that health care for all is among the most fundamental of the responsibilities of this United States government, by its own defining document allowing it to exist at all.
What is the foremost means to “establish Justice”, if not to guarantee that infirmity alone cannot be the means by which anyone is denied justice?
What could possibly better “insure domestic tranquility” than to insure that no one need be “insured” at all in order to sustain health, irrespective of class, race, sex or social status?
What is more descriptive of “the common defense” than to be defended from disease, injury and ill health?
What is more germane to “the general welfare” than that the population has a right to not be done in by the expense of treatment?
How is anyone to enjoy “the Blessings of Liberty” when they can be made homeless and destitute by an invoice from one hospital stay?
For my reading of the Constitution, the very fact that the term “doctor bill” is even a phrase in common usage among We the People, indicates to me that this political class which has hijacked and ruled the federal government from the beginning of the Republic, has NEVER done the job it was mandated by the law of the land to do.
What it does do all day instead, I’m still not real clear on.
On the day that there is no longer any such thing as this “doctor bill” in these United States, I might consider ever beginning again to pay taxes on my personal income, or submit any iota of information about myself to any government, as I have declined to do this entire 21st century.
Short of that, this is and has been from the start, an occupied country and not a truly governed nation at all.