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Letter: Lockhart is no Constitution expert

Published February 6, 2014 1:01 am

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House Speaker Becky Lockhart's taunt that the Legislature should decline to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and "drop off a copy of the Constitution" to Gov. Gary Herbert implies special insight about the constitutionality of the ACA that apparently exceeds even that of the U.S. Supreme Court, who somehow found that it passed muster ("Legislature opens 45-day session with some sparks," Tribune, Jan. 27).

Days later, Craig Kelley wrote in support of Lockhart and observed that the Constitution "doesn't say anything about funding health care for the poor" ("Lockhart should take her arguments even further," Forum, Feb. 1).

He failed to note that it also doesn't say anything about public education or pensions for senior citizens.

Perhaps I can enlighten these self-proclaimed experts as to how public schools, Social Security and Obamacare have withstood legal challenge.

In the Preamble to the Constitution, that document they think nobody else has read, it states that the Constitution has been ordained and established "to promote the general Welfare." And what is the general welfare? Whatever we, the people, decide it is.

So you can choose not to like a given law. That's your right. But please stop saying that only you know how to understand the Constitution. It's not only arrogant, it's getting tiresome.

William Brough