Americans Cared More About Obamacare Than the Olympics

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

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Clara Ritger
Feb. 28, 2014, midnight

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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