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December 01, 2014

Gallup: Highest Level of Americans Ever Report Skipping Health Care Due to Costs; Hardest Hit? The Middle Class

Not a bug, but a feature.

One in three Americans has put off seeking medical treatment in 2014 due to high costs, according to Gallup -- the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

Thirty-three percent of Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or their families because of the costs they’d have to pay, according to the survey....

The hardest-hit: the middle-class. Americans with an annual household income of between $30,000 and $75,000 began delaying medical care over costs more in 2014, up to 38 percent in 2014 from 33 percent last year; among households that earn above $75,000, 28 percent delayed care this year, compared to just 17 percent last year.

The lowest-income section, some of whom can take part in Medicaid and who are more likely to qualify for significant premium and cost-sharing subsidies on an Obamacare exchange, are less likely to delay care this year....

It’s a remarkable shift: after Obamacare’s redistribution of wealth, the middle class is actually delaying medical care due to high costs at a higher rate than the poorest section of the country, which is highly subsidized by taxpayers.

Obama came into office to take money from groups that didn't vote for him and give it to groups that voted for him. He is the looter in chief.

He said as much in 2008, in a brief moment of candor.


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