Before the Affordable Care Act, we could lose health insurance just by getting sick. The Democratic Congress and President Obama got rid of that concern, but their Affordable Care Act still hasn’t made care affordable for a majority of Americans.
So say respondents to the Commonwealth Fund 2023 Health Care Afforability Survey:
57% of us are spending 10% or more of our income on health care:
This is the first such survey from the Commonwealth Fund, so they don’t offer pre-ACA data for comparison. But the United States continues to spend more than twice as much per capita on health care than the average health care expenditures of other advanced economies, pretty much all of which have far more robust systems of public health insurance. Among other things we need to do when we clear out the Republican chaoticians and theocrats from Congress in 2024 is revisit and reform the Affordable Care Act to provide more Americans better health coverage for less cost.