The Community Service Society’s Unheard Third 2009: Job Loss, Economic Insecurity, and a Decline in Job Quality survey found that concerns about health care coverage and cost permeated voting priorities and personal worries.
Key findings include:
- The economy (including health care) and employment top the list of New Yorkers’ concerns for the city and for themselves, much more so in 2009 than in years past.
- Low-income New Yorkers continue to face high levels of economic, food, health, and housing hardships. New Yorkers across incomes face increasing health care costs.
- New Yorkers are united in their concerns about future health care costs. Low-and moderate-income New Yorkers—especially low-income Latinos—are worried about losing their job in the next year and not working enough hours to make ends meet. Low-income working moms are constantly worried about their financial security.