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ObamaCare Stresses Americans Out, Psychology Study

Update Date: Jan 09, 2014 02:55 PM EST

"ObamaCare" or the Affordable Care Act stresses people out, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that adults with public health insurance experience higher levels of psychological distress than those with private or no health coverage.

What's more, the average absolute levels of distress were high among those with no coverage, compared to those with private coverage.

The study looked at data from the 2001-2010 National Health Interview Survey, which involved a representative sample of American adults between the ages of 18 and 64.

The findings revealed that adults with private or no health insurance coverage had lower levels of psychological distress than those with public or other forms of coverage.

Furthermore, those who recently changed health insurance status had higher levels of distress compared to those who had not recently experienced a change.

Researchers note that the average absolute level of distress is higher among those with no coverage versus private coverage among adults who had not experienced a change in status in the past year.

The findings are published in the journal Stress & Health.

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