The United States Declaration Of Independence

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The United States Declaration of Independence in 1776 expressed that all men are created equal, whose unalienable rights include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (The United States National Archives & Records Administration, n.d.). Life is the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual (Merriam-Webster, 2015). That is to say, the barometer of the wellness and health of a person should include both his biological and psychological/behavioral facets. In fact, in 1947 not only did the World Health Organization (WHO) took cognizance of these two essential components of health, but added another dimension- social well-being (Fair, 2011, p. 3). Not to mention that the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework is founded on the biopsychosocial model of disability rather than impairment (World Health Organization, 2002, p. 13). Also worth mentioning is President Franklin Roosevelt 's proclamation of the right to health as one of the four essential liberties; he asserted that the right to health is "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health" (Carmalt & Zaidi, 2004, p. 1). Furthermore, one of the principles enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, as indicated in the preamble, is the promotion of the general welfare of all Americans. It has been years since the founding fathers have envisioned this declaration and principle, but…
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