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The fundamental issue in medical care is truly a question of whether a person believes healthcare is a right or a privilege. Conservatives argue if the Founding Fathers intended healthcare to be a right, they would have included it in the Constitution along with life, liberty and property. However, believing healthcare is a privilege or necessity like food and clothing fails to recognize the most treasured commodity should be a person’s health and well-being.

Although it may appear to be an old piece of paper, the Constitution is a living document designed to change and grow just as the nation. The Founding Fathers understood as times changed so should the Constitution. As stated in Article Five "The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution."

There are 27 amendments to the Constitution ranging from the 18th amendment passed in 1919 banning alcohol to the 21st amendment passed in 1933 making alcohol legal again. Furthermore, the 27th amendment passed in 1992 prohibits any law that raises or lowers the salary for members of Congress. Amending the Constitution doesn’t appear to be a foreign concept; perhaps it’s time to have a debate focused on adding health as an amendment. Access to health care ensures public participation in every facet of life from politics, the economy or social relationships. Healthcare is the cornerstone for every American and guarantees the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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