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Americans Cared More About Obamacare Than the Olympics

Apparently health insurance is more American than rooting for your country.

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photo of Clara Ritger
February 28, 2014

Nearly six in 10 Americans (58 percent) reported following the health law's implementation "very" or "fairly" closely in February, according to a new poll, while only 47 percent said they followed the Winter Olympics coverage as intently.

The numbers come from the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest health tracking poll, conducted Feb. 11-17. Researchers conducted a random digit dial telephone sample of 1,501 adults over 18 and representative of the U.S. population, asking about their attention to media coverage over the previous month. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Among the most popular health care stories was the decision by CVS to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, as well as news that some employers would have an extra year to comply with the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide workers with coverage.

 

More Americans--nearly 70 percent--also paid more attention to the U.S. economy than the Olympics. The Olympics did beat out the State of the Union, though: Only 40 percent indicated following the president's speech "very" or "fairly" closely.

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