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Universal Health Care: Would it work in the United States?

"I hit the floor at full speed and I have a knot on my head and I haven't been able to go to the doctor, because I don't have health insurance right now," says  Cathy Sutton. "I hit the floor at full speed and I have a knot on my head and I haven't been able to go to the doctor, because I don't have health insurance right now," says Cathy Sutton.
"I've had several relatives die just waiting to get the healthcare or surgeries they needed," says Jackie Bennett. "I've had several relatives die just waiting to get the healthcare or surgeries they needed," says Jackie Bennett.

Some say implementing universal health care would destroy health care as we know it. Others say it would be a life-saver. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg has a look at both sides of the story.

Most health insurance agents say universal health care is a nice idea... But can't be done. Then there are people who are risking their lives, waiting for something like it.

"Every insurance company rejects me because of my disease," says Cathy Sutton. Sutton wants universal health care, because she says she can't get it any other way. She suffers from multiple sclerosis and says she's a health insurance agents nightmare. She just lost her insurance this summer, and it haunts her daily.

"I hit the floor at full speed and I have a knot on my head and I haven't been able to go to the doctor, because I don't have health insurance right now," says Sutton. 

But universal health care isn't a sure solution.

"You're accessibility to certain procedures and limited, if you look at medicare and how it's played out over the years, that's a big eye opener, we don't seem to be handling it well," says Jackie Bennett, a health insurance agent with American National Insurance.

Bennett knows because she has family in countries with the insurance option.

"I've had several relatives die just waiting to get the healthcare or surgeries they needed," says Bennett. 

Despite the blatant negatives, Sutton is still hoping for it.

What would you say to people who think universal health insurance wouldn't work out? "Walk in my shoes," says Sutton.

Right now people like Sutton who can't get health insurance from the private sector, can only turn to the state for "at-risk" insurance, which is incredibly expensive.

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