“One might argue that education and healthcare fall into those provisions of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she said. Jackson Lee also praised President Obama for fighting for these rights.

“I think that what should be continuously emphasized is the President’s leadership on one single point: that although healthcare was not listed per se in the Constitution, it should be a constitutional right,” she said.

She added that the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act helps the U.S. achieve the goal of forming a “more perfect union.”

“I think the Affordable Care Act was intended to try and lift the boats of all people,” she said.