Survey: Fewer having problems affording healthcare

Survey: Fewer having problems affording healthcare
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The percentage of Americans having trouble paying for healthcare or medicine has fallen to a new low, according to a Gallup survey. 

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The survey finds that 15.5 percent of the public said that in the last 12 months they have not had enough money to afford needed healthcare.

That is the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2008. 

The percentage had stayed fairly steady, around 19 percent, until 2013, when it began to drop. 

That drop coincides with the beginning of ObamaCare’s expansion of health insurance coverage, which Gallup points to as a major factor, though not the only one. 

“The increase in the percentage of Americans having health insurance is likely a key reason why fewer Americans are struggling to pay for healthcare,” Gallup finds. 

Still, the report notes that while the uninsured are about three times more likely to have problems paying for care as the insured, 12 percent of those with insurance still reported trouble affording healthcare.  

Gallup notes that both the improving economy and lower gas prices also could be factors in the drop-off in troubles affording care. 

Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, pointed to the news on Twitter.