An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household\u0026#039;s healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.Fifty million Americans have donated to such fundraising efforts, the survey showed.\u0022As annual out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, more Americans are struggling to pay their medical bills, and millions are turning to their social networks and crowdfunding sites to fund medical treatments and pay medical bills,\u0022 Mollie Hertel, senior research scientist at NORC, said in a statement. \u0022Although about a quarter of Americans report having sponsored or donated to a campaign, this share is likely to increase in the face of rising premiums and out-of-pocket costs.\u0022We live in a barbaric society at the mercy of billionaires https://t.co/kARJZZbFHj— StrikeDebt (@StrikeDebt) February 19, 2020Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted in response to the survey that \u0022no one should have to beg for money to get the health care they need in the richest country on Earth.\u0022\u0022Enough is enough,\u0022 Sanders wrote. \u0022Medicare for All now.\u0022The survey found that 60% of Americans believe the government—not charities, family members, or friends—has a \u0022great deal or a lot of responsibility\u0022 to provide \u0022help when medical care is unaffordable.\u0022\u0022I have to presume that most crowdfunding campaigns fail,\u0022 tweeted single-payer advocate Tim Faust. \u0022So here\u0026#039;s the future of American healthcare: costs keep going up; they keep being pushed onto patients by insurers; whether you drown in medical debt is a function of luck, popularity, and how much sympathy you can garner.\u0022As she introduced the House version of the Medicare for All Act of 2019 last February, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) lamented that \u0022GoFundMe is becoming one of the most popular insurance plans in the country.\u0022\u0022It comes down to a profit-making motive that is baked into a system—a system that puts profits over patients,\u0022 said Jayapal.