Obamacare Fails as Record Number of Americans Put Off Medical Care

  • 12/21/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Obamacare Fails as Record Number of Americans Put Off Medical Care
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Ten years after the passage of Obamacare, which then-President Barack Obama promised would reduce Americans’ health care costs by an average of $2,500 a year, health care costs are breaking new records and more American than ever can’t afford care.

The problem is getting worse, faster, for the poor and those with pre-existing conditions, the very problem Obamacare was supposed to solve.

“A record 25% of Americans say they or a family member put off treatment for a serious medical condition in the past year because of the cost, up from 19% a year ago and the highest in Gallup's trend,” the polling firm reports.

“Another 8% said they or a family member put off treatment for a less serious condition, bringing the total percentage of households delaying care due to costs to 33%, tying the high from 2014,” Gallup reports.

Gallup’s data show in 2009 around 18 percent of Americans put off treatment for a serious condition due to cost.  The now-record-25 percent figure is a 39% increase from where it was when Obamacare was passed.

In all, about 30 percent of Americans put off care for any condition due to cost, a figure that has now grown to a record-tying 33 percent.

Making matters worse, the figures are skyrocketing among poorer Americans and those with pre-existing conditions, the very problem Obamacare was supposed to fix.

“Reports of delaying care for a serious condition due to costs are also up 13 points compared with last year among Americans who report they or another household member has a ‘pre-existing condition,” Gallup reports.

“At the same time, there has been virtually no change in the percentage of adults without pre-existing conditions in the household who delayed care for a serious health issue in the past year, currently 12% versus 11% in 2018,” Gallup adds.

“Reports of delaying treatment for a serious condition jumped 13 percentage points in the past year to 36% among adults in households earning less than $40,000 per year while it was essentially flat (up a non statistically significant three points) among those in middle-income and higher-income households.” Gallup reports.

In 2009, 25% percent of those making less than $40,000 a year reported putting off care due to cost.  That figure is now 36 percent after a decade of Obamacare.

Among those making $40,000 to $100,000, the figure grew from 15 percent to 25 percent.
 Source: AAN
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