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A Healthcare Coverage Constitutional Amendment like the 2nd? Do you know what your asking?

December 17, 2012

johnny_automatic_ray_gunSince the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings social media has been ablaze with renewed talk of gun regulations. That’s understandable, whenever there is a disaster of this type emotions are high and ‘something must be done’. Among these many comments on social media I am seeing quite a few saying things like “We live in a fucked-up country if people have the 2nd amendment giving the right to guns but not healthcare coverage.” This is nothing new, similar lines of reasoning come up all the time.

Until recently I dismissed such talk. Now I think it might be a good idea, but those proposing it might not like it! First lets look at the second amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

As you can see the second amendment does not give anyone the right to keep and bear arms. Instead the second amendment prevents the government from infringing upon the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. As the preamble to the Bill of Rights states the ten amendments are to there to restrict the government, not to restrict the human-born rights of the people.

Lets also look at some things the second amendment does not guarantee:

  • The second amendment does not guarantee everyone has to have a gun.
  • The second amendment does not guarantee guns will be affordable.
  • The second amendment does not guarantee guns will be provided to citizens by the government for free.

OK, with that in mind let’s make an amendment for healthcare coverage. If the second amendment was used to create a healthcare coverage amendment it would look something like this:

A well regulated Citizenship, being necessary to the health of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Healthcare Coverage, shall not be infringed.

This would prevent the government from infringing upon the rights of the people to keep and bear Healthcare Coverage. Using the same reasoning that is used with the second amendment the following would also not be guaranteed for healthcare coverage:

  • The healthcare amendment would not guarantee everyone has to have healthcare coverage.
  • The healthcare amendment would not guarantee healthcare coverage will be affordable.
  • The healthcare amendment would not guarantee healthcare coverage will be provided to citizens by the government for free.

I would actually be for such an amendment. Then we can get back to finding real solutions to helping poor people in the United States. Passing bad healthcare coverage laws like Obamacare do nothing but destroy the greatest healthcare system in the world. The citizens of the United States are starting to understand this; over half of the country now believes government should not be in the healthcare business.

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