More Americans putting off medical treatment because of costs.
In 2001, 19% of Americans told Gallup Polls that they were putting off medical treatment because of cost. As of Dec. 1, 2015, that figure is up to 31%. Last year it was 33%. Surveys and data from the American College of Emergency Physicians reveal more startling figures.
The question, asked each year from Gallup’s Health and Healthcare poll is “within the last 12 months, have you or a member of your family put off any sort of medical treatment because of the cost you would have to pay?”
Every poll since the Barack Obama’s first full year of presidency has been over 30%. President George W. Bush’s average was 26.38%. Obama’s average is 31%. The latest results came from Gallup’s poll conducted Nov. 4-8. Healthcare costs are considered one of the top two “most urgent health problems” in the U.S. despite the intention of Obamacare, since its 2010 inception, to make healthcare affordable with coverage for more individuals.
“As has been the case nearly every year that Gallup has asked this question, Americans who put off treatment are more likely to say they did this for a serious condition (19%) than a non-serious one (12%),” the reported stated. “Nationally, the share of adults saying they were delaying treatment for a serious condition has climbed since this question was first asked in 2001, reaching a record 22% last year.”
Gallup indicates the “percentage of U.S. adults putting off treatment for a non-serious condition has remained relatively stable.”
President Obama’s and the Democrats’ signature legislation is breaking apart and costing billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts to keep up with the failures and rate increases. Essentially every conservative, and many liberals, now realize that severe fundamental failings of Obamacare are being exposed at a startling speed. The latest analysis and headlines have not been too kind to Obama’s Affordable Care agenda.
Insurance premiums promise to keep increasing, a dozen state insurance co-ops have failed, enrollment is projected to taper off, and the majority of recently insured people have essentially just been pushed into Medicaid.
The circumstances and results are so poor that insurance companies insist billions of dollars more are required just to meet the requirements and increasing costs of Obamacare. The complications and disasters of Obamacare are unraveling and disrupting America’s health care system and it is negatively effecting millions of lives.
Just last month the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, announced they may be forced to discontinue with Obamacare exchanges because of the tremendous losses in earnings. Stephen J. Hemsley, the CEO issued a press releasing indicating that, “in recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our own claims experience has deteriorated.”
A Wall Street Journal review indicates that switching to other plans because of the higher prices due to the 2016 Obamacare increases “may not help, especially for those who don’t qualify for subsidies.” Doctors leaving the industry, less coverage, high deductibles, and increasing premium rates continue.