Middle Class Under Pressure Due to Increasing Health Care Costs
America's middle class is struggling with high Health-care costs.
During the past two years, the East Liberty Family Health Care Center has observed a 26% rise in uninsured patients coming through its doors.
Executive Director Eileen Boyle, said, "The face of the uninsured seeking care is changing. They are not just the poor, but are increasingly the working class".
Even for its own employees, the center saw a 30% high in health insurance premiums, some of which was extended to employees.
However, this trend is not limited to health care center, but the whole nation is experiencing it.
On Wednesday, a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that an increasing percentage of America's middle class has no health insurance.
The foundation in Princeton, N. J., says that while uninsured Americans from low-income groups have always been the center of concern, America's middle class now "is shouldering the brunt of health insurance crisis" made all the worse by two recessions in the first decade of the 21st century.
The report reveals that the number of middle-income earners who received health insurance from their employers fell by 3 million people from 2000 to 2008.
Only 66% of people in families, earning approximately $45,000 to $85,000, are now insured through their employer, a plummet of 7 percentage points from 2000 to 2008.
As costs continue to mount, more companies are passing on those costs to employees or giving up health care coverage all together.