Health care costs have climbed to a new record, pushing premiums into the stratosphere.
That means more Americans are facing a higher premium, a new survey finds.
Health care has become so expensive that people are more likely to avoid getting it, according to the new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
The survey, which asked 1,000 adults about their health care coverage and found that half of respondents said they had gone without coverage due to cost, found that the share of people who said they would choose to pay less has increased from 27 percent in 2014 to 31 percent in 2018.
The number of people with health insurance that are choosing to buy their own coverage also has risen from 3.5 million in 2018 to 5.4 million in 2019.
That’s because of rising premiums, the survey found.
“It’s a very significant increase in the share that is choosing to pay lower premiums,” said Katherine Frey, senior vice president at Kaiser Family Foundations.
The health care law has created a national health insurance program that’s expected to increase insurance premiums.
The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, expanded the number of Americans eligible for federal subsidies that help people pay for their own insurance and also provides insurance for some people with preexisting conditions.
The law also allows insurance companies to charge people more for coverage if they’re older than 50 and have a pre-existing condition.
The percentage of Americans who say they are paying their own health insurance costs has also increased from 38 percent in 2016 to 43 percent in 2019, the study found.
Kaiser found that in 2018, people who reported being uninsured made up about 8 percent of the insured population.
About 11 percent of uninsured Americans said they have gone without health insurance.
The Kaiser survey was conducted from July 26 to Sept. 2, 2018.
Kaiser/Samuel Wang and Elise Gould are The Washington Times reporters in Washington.