Healthcare is one of the most pressing issues facing the United States today. There is much work to be done in order to provide healthcare coverage to every American citizen. As a nation, our leaders should strive to make sure that as many citizens as possible have the best healthcare available. There are many ways to approach this problem, all of which might work long term, but we want to see as much progress as possible quickly. We must also consider the troubling economic times we are currently in which do not allow for an out of the normal investment of tax dollars because we need to be more frugal with out money now than in times of prosperity. We have made several key steps in the first few months of 2009, but this is hopefully just the beginning of our leaders coming together to put together a comprehensive healthcare package that will make it easier for all American citizens to get the healthcare coverage they need in order to be healthy, contributing members of the American workforce. The expansion of both private insurance tax credits and public healthcare plans will be needed to bridge the gap between those who can afford quality health insurance and those that rely on public programs such as Medicaid and CHIP for their healthcare. Providing nationally sponsored healthcare to our children will free up some income for parents to get better coverage for themselves while still guaranteeing quality healthcare for their children. This will put children in a better position to be healthier and better educated and, therefore, make them an asset to their future employers. This would end the cycle of children growing up with no healthcare and give every child a better opportunity to make their full contribution the United States of America.