Can’t have pursuit of happiness without healthcare for all

There have been more than one commentary in The Citizen about rights of Americans. John Lewis, Bernie Sanders and others have been stating that healthcare is a right.

This interpretation is entirely consistent with our Declaration of Independence. You cannot pursue happiness if you cannot afford healthcare.

A good summary of the Declaration is found on Wikipedia:

“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the ‘unalienable rights’ which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.”

Jack Bernard

Peachtree City, Ga.