Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear if Obamacare will make the problem totally disappear.
One in five U.S. families with health insurance have medical bills that they cannot afford to pay in full, according to a recent brief from a division of the Department of Health and Human Services that looked at 2012 data.
As you can see from the chart below the situation is far more dire for those without insurance -- in families where no one has health insurance, nearly 40 percent have bills that they cannot afford to pay.
On the whole, more than one in four families faced financial burdens of medical care, according to the data. (The study's wonky definition of a family: "an individual or a group of two or more related persons living together in the same housing unit.")
Thankfully, Obamacare sets limits
The law also aims to expand health care coverage to all Americans, which could drastically cut the number of families with outstanding medical debt. But as the chart above indicates, increased access to coverage isn't enough to make health care affordable for everyone.
(Hat tip: NBC News)