Isn't this necessarily the first and most important question in the healthcare debate? If the answer is "Yes" - then we merely need to decide how best to ensure for it. If the answer is "No" - then we need to settle very narrow matters about how to care for the indigent and emergent care, if even at all, and quit all of these overarching measures. If it it is a right, what makes it so? What kind of right is it? Civil right? I honestly don't know if we do, or do not have a right to healthcare. I'm open to either side. But before we agree to move onto the "how", perhaps the question of "why" takes precedence, and deserves some consideration.