Americans spending more on health care this year
The survey also finds that consumers are taking a dimmer view of Obamacare, which is to kick into high gear next month.
About 40% of Americans said they are spending more this year on health care than they did last year compared with 8% who reported spending less, according to a Bankrate.com survey released earlier this week.
The survey of 1,000 adults conducted in August also found that a quarter of Americans say it is harder to pay their medical expenses today than it was 12 months ago -- triple those who said it is easier now.
And, with the launch of the first phase of Obamacare due in a couple of weeks, more people are down on the law -- the Affordable Care Act -- with many still not understanding how it will work. About 28% said they are feeling more negative about Obamacare than they did a year ago. That's double the percentage of Americans who said they were more upbeat about the law.
When asked what their top question about the health care law is, Bankrate said 15% responded "What is it?" That is a troubling trend -- given how much is at stake for those who will eligible to purchase health insurance through the marketplaces that will open to applicants on Oct. 1.
"We’re just three weeks away from when the new health insurance exchanges will begin accepting applications, and we’re still observing a disturbing lack of consumer education,” Bankrate insurance analyst Doug Whiteman said. “If this doesn’t change soon, millions of Americans could miss important deadlines or make uninformed decisions."
About a quarter of those surveyed who said they earned less than $50,000 a year reported not having health insurance. About 6% of those who earned more said they also were without insurance.
The most-asked question that Americans had about Obamacare is how it would affect their current insurance, followed by how much it would cost them. That question will become a bit clearer when the marketplaces open on Oct. 1.
Consumers can find out more about the health insurance marketplaces that will be offered from this informational site produced by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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I believe Obama had no idea what was written in the bill nor did he read the 2k pages if he did and just let it go knowing most of his constituents would also not read its contents is a sham on the American electorate. Obama does not deserve the PRESIDENCY of our great country.
youbet948:Obamacare hasn`t kicked in yet.Your stupidity is showing, as is your jealousy
of Obama.Thank God most Americans are smarter than you.
Most people didn`t read the article.When Obamacae starts the rates will be lower.These rates
in the article are BFORE Obamacare.The far right believes what they want to believe.
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