The Consumers Union survey of 1,002 adults from Sept. 17 to 20 found that among the ways people have tried to cut back on health care costs:
- 28 percent put off doctors' visits.
- 25 percent have been unable to afford medical bills or medication.
- 22 percent put off medical procedures.
- 20 percent declined medical tests.
- 20 percent skipped filling prescriptions.
- 15 percent took expired medication.
- 15 percent skipped scheduled dosages of prescriptions.
The problems were more prevalent among households with incomes of less than $50,000 , in which about two-thirds said they'd cut back on health care because of costs. Even where income topped $100,000 , however, about one-third made similar decisions.
The insurance lobby, the wingnuts and teabaggers can deny reality all they want, but there are too many people being ruined financially and dying due to the rationing of medical care by insurance companies right now for anyone to take them seriously.