We all hate high health-care costs but here's how many Americans have regular stress due to them:
Bottom Line: The rising cost of healthcare has yet to be addressed, and was only exacerbated, by the falsely named Affordable Care Act. Therefore it's not really a surprise that more Americans are carrying regular stress regarding their inability to afford medical costs. What is instructive is that more Americans are carrying regular healthcare cost stress with them than were during the Great Recession. Here are the numbers from CreditCards.com:
- 35% of Americans were regularly stressed with healthcare costs in 2009
- 38% of Americans are regularly stressed with healthcare costs today
So what does "regular" stress include? It includes literally losing sleep over the stress of high medical costs. So it's clear that the ACA has failed but the question remains as to if we'll get real reform that deals with the root issue. The cost of healthcare, not how many people we can get on ever less affordable insurance plans.