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No guarantees

Chris Doherty (Readers' Forum, Aug.12) argues that the "Constitution was designed to promote the general welfare" and that we should not "deny health care to almost 50 million of our fellow citizens."

First, no one is denying them health care.

Second, the argument ignores the fundamental character of the Constitution and the federal government it created. The federal government was never intended to guarantee cradle-to-the-grave necessities of life or health care. The federal government is one of limited, delegated powers designed to protect the right of citizens to succeed or fail on their own merits.

The entitlement mentality is bankrupting us.

Gregory Hess