The founding principles of the United States are plainly stated in its constitution. If the founders believed healthcare to be a right, they would have placed it in the founding document. Alas, much like food, water, and clothing, healthcare is not explicitly stated as a right.
This is not due to apathy, but a belief that the quality of these items and services benefits from a market economy. Providing healthcare at a cost guarantees that its quality is high. The competition created by this system drives innovation and prevents it from being slowed by the bureaucracy of big government.
There is no debate about lowering healthcare costs, but we must make sure that the system we use allows for choice. By allowing people the opportunity to enter the healthcare market and choose their care, it motivates doctors, and their treatments, to always be improving.
Healthcare is vital, but by letting the government handle it, the system will only degrade and not improve.