On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, a Consumer Reports poll suggests that the inability to pay medical bills and buy prescription medications are still the most persistent financial woes facing consumers.
For the quarter ending in March 2011, 14.7 percent of people in the survey said they were unable to pay their medical bills or buy prescription drugs, versus 13.9 percent a year earlier. And 7.9 percent said they experienced either lost or reduced health-care coverage, up slightly from 7.3 percent the prior year.
--Joel Keehn, senior editor
Check out Consumer Union's new guide, The Affordable Care Act: The First Year, to see what the law means for you and your family.