WORRIED, AND NOT WORRIED
“As the U.S. Senate begins considering legislation that could significantly change the nation’s health care system, the cost of health care leads the list of what Americans consider the most important financial problem facing their family. The 17 percent who name health care costs as their family’s most pressing financial problem is up 7 percentage points since 2013 and is just 2 points shy of the all-time high of 19 percent recorded in 2007,” writes Andrew Dugan, a Gallup poll analyst.
Americans also fret about debt (11 percent), lack of money (10 percent) and college expenses (10 percent). There is some relief, though: the 10 percent of Americans who say low wages are their family’s biggest problem this year is the lowest since before the 2008 financial crisis.
Other financial problems Americans mention include the cost of owning or renting a home (9 percent), the high cost of living (8 percent), retirement savings (6 percent), taxes (5 percent), unemployment or loss of a job (3 percent), Social Security (3 percent) and lack of savings (2 percent). The pollster also found that nobody is worried about the stock market, investments, energy costs and gas prices while 1 percent are concerned for the economy and interest rates.