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December 4th, 2008
04:20 PM ET

Half of Americans want health care as is?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President-elect Obama campaigned on promises to fix the ailing health care system.

An estimated 47 million Americans have no health insurance. And you don't have to look far to find those who do have coverage complaining about it.

But a new Gallup poll finds that Americans are sending mixed signals when it comes to health care.

Watch: Cafferty: Health care poll?

Forty nine percent of those surveyed said leave the system as it is. Only 41 percent said they want a new government-run system.

There's more confusion. The poll found 59 percent say the current system has major problems. Access and cost are cited as the biggest concerns.

But at the same time, 57 percent say their health care is excellent or good.

On the heels of a campaign promising change, health care included, most people, according to this poll, are really okay with what they have.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when almost half of Americans want to leave the health care system as it is?

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April 30th, 2008
04:55 PM ET

Are you optimistic about the future of healthcare?

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Nisha Rajan, cringes slightly while Kyle Holloway, a University of New Mexico pharmacy student, gives her a flu shot in Santa Fe, N.M. Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.  (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's no secret that the health care system in this country is a mess. Right now, there are almost 50 million people who have no health insurance at all and the costs of health care keep rising. A new study out this week even showed that 7% of Americans were willing to get married just so they could get their spouse's health care benefits.

Now, on the campaign trail, each of the three presidential candidates is telling us that his or her plan offers the best solution to the problem.

Both Democratic candidates want to move toward universal health care coverage. Hillary Clinton, who tried to tackle health care in 1992 and failed, is proposing an individual mandate requiring all Americans to sign up for health insurance. Obama doesn't go quite that far, but his plan requires coverage for all children. Both Democrats' plans build on the current employer-based system and impose new regulations on insurers. The Republican, John McCain, says these ideas are "inefficient" and "irrational." He is opposed to mandates and direct regulation. Instead, he favors using tax credits to draw workers away from company health plans. He says that would allow people to find cheaper insurance on their own, more tailored to their individual needs. This proposal was similar to one proposed by President Bush last year which flopped in Congress, failing to get even a committee hearing.

One other item not being talked about by any of the candidates is this: The current government health care plan, Medicare, represents tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liability.

Here’s my question to you: How optimistic are you about the future of our health care system?
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