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Healthcare system once again became Americans's top problem

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 2, 2019
Fifty-five percent of Americans worry "a great deal" about the availability and affordability of healthcare, topping Gallup's list of potentially worrisome issues for the fifth straight year.
America   The consistency about healthcare stands in contrast to the other issues
A majority of Americans have said they worry a great deal about healthcare in each of the 18 years the question has been asked since 2001, more than twice as often as any of the other 12 issues most often measured.

The consistency of concern about healthcare stands in contrast to the other economic issues that dominated Gallup's list of worries in 2010 and 2011, as the nation began its climb out of the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

The percentage of Americans who worried a great deal about the economy reached its highest point, 71%, in 2011 and 2012, but this has plummeted to 33% in 2019.

The percentages worrying a great deal about the Social Security system or federal spending and the budget deficit have declined more gradually since their 2010-2011 peaks, but both have fallen more than 10 percentage points though worries about spending and the deficit are still high.

Meanwhile, the percentage worrying a great deal about the availability and affordability of healthcare has held steady.

It is within one point of where it was in 2010 (56%) and has never dropped below 54% over the past nine years.

In October, Americans said healthcare was one of their top issues for the midterm elections, and in November, 61% said the possibility of increases in healthcare insurance costs was "a major concern."