Accord­ing to a sur­vey by Gallup/West Health, Amer­i­cans bor­rowed an esti­mat­ed $88 bil­lion over the last year to pay for health care.  The sur­vey also showed 1 in 4 Amer­i­cans have skipped treat­ment because of the cost and that near­ly half fear bank­rupt­cy in the event of a health emer­gency.  Both Repub­li­can and Demo­c­rat iden­ti­fied respon­dents said they lacked con­fi­dence in the abil­i­ty of polit­i­cal lead­ers to solve the prob­lem (70%).