Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Constitution implies a right to health care, education

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor Monday night and implied that the right to health care and education exists in the Constitution.

Ms. Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, also made the case that the moral authority for such services is also derived from the Declaration of Independence.


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“One might argue that education and health care fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said.

Ms. Jackson Lee added, “I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the president’s leadership on one single point: that although health care was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right.”

The Hill also reported on the floor speech, adding that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, made a similar case last year. In March 2012, Mrs. Pelosi said “Obamacare” was necessary for “a healthier life, the liberty to pursue happiness, free of the constraints that lack of health care might provide to a family.”

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