Almost half of surveyed Americans believe their healthcare costs would "get worse" if Democrats' proposed reforms clear Congress, according to a new Gallup poll.

Americans' skepticism about the financial benefits of healthcare reform hovered at 42 percent in September, but that number increased seven points to 49 percent in Gallup's latest measure, taken last week. Most unconvinced seem to be those who oppose the Democrats' major reform bills or those who are still unsure whether to support them.

By contrast, only 22 percent told pollsters they believed their healthcare costs would "get better" -- the same number as last month -- and 27 percent indicated they expected no change in their expenses.