AFL-CIO: Healthcare costs top list of Americans' concerns

The U.S. healthcare is hardly affordable and is leaving behind several cross-sections of society, the AFL-CIO asserted in a report released Tuesday.

The report, the "2009 Health Care for America Survey," reported that 52 percent of Americans said they are unable to access healthcare at an affordable price, with a combined 74 percent reporting that their household had paid out more than $1,000 in health expenses out-of-pocket in the last year.

The report comes at a time when the union is seeking to build momentum for a healthcare reform bill before Congress, a top priority for Democrats this year.

"The results are clear. Too many working families are suffering under the burden of high health care costs, lack of access and a confusing and mismanaged system," AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said in a statement accompanying the report. "We hope this survey and the voices of those who responded will help keep the momentum going as we work toward real health care reform."

The survey, which targeted members of labor unions, was conducted between April 1 and May 31.

Among other findings: 90 percent of respondents said healthcare reform was needed very urgently, while three quarters said they were generally dissatisfied with the cost of their healthcare.

Read the full report here.