Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Needed: Constituti­onal health care amendment?

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EDITOR, TIMES-DISPATCH:

Our previous president was correct that the various states should manage the pandemic (albeit probably for a different reason). The federal government does not have the constituti­onal authority to impose health care requiremen­ts on states. While there might be federal statutes that help, a constituti­onal amendment likely would be needed.

What resulted from the hodgepodge of state initiative­s and other deficienci­es was a pandemic that persisted and lashed this country.

A single constituti­onally based response might have saved many and lessened the other adverse impacts of a pandemic that is ending soon (we can hope). RICHARD BARNES. MIDLOTHIAN.

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