Health care figures prominently in US middle class worries

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The Pew Research Center’s annual survey of America’s middle class finds that one in five says that it’s likely their health benefits will be reduced or eliminated in the next year. 12% expect a cut in wages. One in four say that they have not moved forward in the last four years and 31% say they have moved backward — the worst assessment in almost fifty years of polling. Over half (53%) of Americans identify themselves as middle class. The survey was conducted in January and February of this year. Interestingly, 71% agree with the statement that government should guarantee health care to every citizen. Not surprisingly, that number was higher (79%) among poorer Americans and lower but still 66% of upper class Americans. So why don’t we have health care for everyone yet?
Ellen Andrews