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New Poll Shows Americans Are Worried about Health Costs

January 27, 2015

While President Obama said the economy was in good shape and touted the Affordable Care Act during his State of the Union speech, Americans don't necessarily think things are so great. What are Americans most concerned about today? According to a new Gallup poll, people see health care costs and low wages as the "most important financial problem" facing their families.

Gallup has asked Americans this question for the last decade, and for the first time since 2010, health care costs has topped the list of people's financial concerns. Fourteen percent of respondents called health care costs their biggest financial problem, while another 14 percent pointed to low wages or lack of money.

What else has changed from previous years' polls? Eleven percent of Americans called gas prices and energy costs their most important issue in 2012. In this year's poll, just 2 percent said oil and gas prices were their biggest financial problem.

Source: Art Swift, "Americans See Healthcare, Low Wages as Top Financial Problems," Gallup, January 21, 2015. 


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