The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“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.

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