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A Shocking Number Of Americans Know Someone Who Died Due To Unaffordable Care

The high costs of the U.S. health care system are killing people, a new survey concludes.


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Reflecting the deep disparities in the economy and the health care system endured by racial minorities and low-income people, nonwhites and the people who earn the least money were about twice as likely to report knowing someone who died under these circumstances, the survey reveals.

Twenty percent of nonwhite respondents reported knowing someone who died because of unaffordable health care, twice the share of white people. Similarly, 19% of those living in households with incomes below $40,000 annually had this experience, compared with 11% of those earning $40,000 to $100,000 and 9% of those with higher incomes.

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2019-11-18T17:47:05-05:00