NU Online News Service, Dec. 8, 2004, 3:42 p.m. EST

U.S. health care costs could be hurting the performance of the stock market.[@@]

The National Association of Investors Corp., Madison Heights, Mich., paid outside researchers to survey 1,110 U.S. adult investors in early November.

The researchers found that 53% of the men and 60% of the women say they are investing or saving less as a result of health care costs.