More Americans Think They Can Cover Health Costs: Poll

But uninsured far less likely to think they can pay medical bills
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 7:43 AM CDT
A patient participates in rehabilitation in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at Jamaica Hospital in New York.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – One reason more Americans may not be backing President Obama's health care overhaul: increasing numbers of citizens say they don't need help. A Reuters poll shows that the percentage of Americans who think they can pay for medical treatments rose 12 points since March, with the wealthy feeling more confident than the less well-off. The uninsured are 80% less confident then average—but even among those with no coverage, optimism rose in recent months.