Healthcare in the United States has been at the center of controversy for decades. As early as 1912, presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt advocated for a National Health Insurance to provide for the citizens of the U.S. (Geyman). But is, as Jefferson’s enlightenment views seem to indicate, healthcare for all to be considered an ‘unalienable’ right? Is it a necessity of our government to assure every man, woman, and child, access to adequate healthcare? Obviously, providing for its citizens is of paramount importance to the United States government. A well provided for citizenry will certainly enable our country to thrive and endure. Hudson Valley Business Journal publisher Debbie Kwiatoski points out, “It is most certainly in our society’s best interest to open up access to everyone” (12). But Kwiatoski also points out in the articles headline, “Do we have a ‘right to healthcare?” Understanding the complicated advantages and disadvantages of healthcare for all, or universal healthcare, is a subject that will affect all Americans in the next few years as we move further into the 21st century.