More people say healthcare is 'hardship' after ObamaCare, poll finds

A growing number of Americans are finding it tougher to afford their healthcare costs in the first year of ObamaCare, according to a poll released Thursday by the New York Times and CBS News.

Just under 50 percent of people said paying for basic healthcare was a "hardship" in 2014, compared to 36 percent one year ago, the poll found.


Most people said they’ve seen costs jump across the board in the last few years. Just over half of people said they're paying more out-of-pocket than they were several years ago; about one-third said the costs had gone up “a lot.”

For about one-quarter of people, the cost of care is so expensive that they are less likely to see a doctor when they are sick or injured.

The Obama administration has tried to control the costs of healthcare, which makes up the biggest bulk of spending in the U.S. economy, but its signature healthcare law is centered more on long-term changes in spending.

While ObamaCare expands access to insurance and offers some free preventative services, it does little to help with many day-to-day costs.