According to a new Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans surveyed consider access to health care and its cost to be the two biggest health issues facing the country. Not surprisingly, mentions of cost and access to care have increased in recent years. While people were more likely to cite access to care more frequently between the years 2007 to 2013, the issue of cost has become an increasing concern since 2013.
Gallup notes that while the Affordable Care Act has decreased the number of uninsured it likely has not had much impact on the health care situation for those with insurance through an employer or Medicare. But those with coverage through an employer are feeling the effects of rising health care costs as employers shift more of those costs to employees.