What is the Future of Health Care?

JONESBORO, AR -- Millions of Americans do not have health insurance.  Over the past decade the number of uninsured has doubled.  Now, many of the democratic presidential candidates for 2008 are pushing a universal health care plan, but at what impact on the rest of us?

Senator Hillary Clinton is one of many pushing a universal health care plan, something first introduced when her husband was in office.

"The number of uninsured has grown and it's hard to ignore the fact that nearly 47 million people don't have insurance," said Clinton.

Many don't like the idea of a universal health care plan.

"To me it would be scary to look at universal health care being run by our government,"
said insurance agent Bud Herlein.

But others see it as a solution to a bigger problem.

"A universal health care plan would include basic health care coverage for all Americans," said Dr. Steve Woodruff.

It would be health care coverage that many are not getting for themselves.  Of the about 50,000,000 people in the United States that don't have insurance about 80% of those do have jobs, they just don't make enough to pay for insurance.

There are about 471,000 Arkansans who do not have health insurance.  Many in northeast Arkansas work part time and benefits like health coverage are not offered.

"I think we ought to have universal health care plan.  I'm retired military and it's the same system socialized medicine.  It works just fine for me.  I think it would work for everybody else," said Earl Matson.

We already have some of the "socialized" health care like Medicare.  But who pays for it?

"Those who have insurance now are paying for those who do not," said Woodruff.

A universal plan would be available for everyone, but is it the right medicine for what is ailing our health care system?