Jackson Lee: Constitution implies right to healthcare, education

Jackson Lee: Constitution implies right to healthcare, education

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Monday night argued that the Constitution could be read in a way that implies the right to healthcare and education for all Americans.

Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee said the right to these services can be read into the Declaration of Independence, which preserves the rights of Americans to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

“I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the President’s leadership on one single point: that although healthcare was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right,” she said.

She added that the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act helps the U.S. achieve the goal of forming a “more perfect union.”

“I think the Affordable Care Act was intended to try and lift the boats of all people,” she said.

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