1 In 3 Americans Is Having A Hard Time Paying Medical Bills

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    by Julie Rovner

    While politicians and soon, the Supreme Court, are fighting about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a new government study finds that a growing number of Americans are having difficulty coping with the high cost of health care.

    During the first six months of 2011, 1 in 3 people lived in a family that had trouble paying its medical bills within the previous year; was currently paying a medical bill over time; or currently had a medical bill the family was unable to pay at all. That's according to a survey of more than 50,000 people by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Earlier studies had shown that 1 in 5 Americans had trouble paying his medical bills. But this study is larger and asked questions — such as whether people are paying medical bills over time — that researchers have not asked previously.

    The news was not pretty.

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