While Americans always seem to have something to be concerned about; a new national poll from Gallup shows that Americans are most concerned today with healthcare costs when considering ALL financial concerns for those living in the United States. The poll further went on to show that a majority of those living in America believe that the Federal government should also make it possible for all Americans to have healthcare coverage.
Two other polls that were recently published also point out that most citizens of the United States are concerned about healthcare coverage for themselves and their families. In fact, a growing number of poll respondents now appear to be favoring a single-payer healthcare system.
Gallup points out that some of the anxiety around the topic of healthcare could be due to all of the uncertainty regarding the current healthcare policy and the effort to repeal and replace the law. In 2010, healthcare concerns spiked as the ACA was being signed into law and many Americans made clear that the costs of healthcare were their top concern.
While healthcare costs were the top anxiety for Americans at 19 percent, other financial concerns cited by those who responded to the poll included high debt at 11 percent, college expenses at 10 percent and lack of money at 10 percent.
One bright spot worth noting is that some financial anxieties have lessened in recent years. While 10% of respondents say low wages are their families biggest financial problem; this percentage is the lowest number seen since before the financial crisis of 2008 began.