Obamacare Public Perception Prognosis: It’s Not Boredom

Obamacare boredom has struck, Sarah Kliff states in a Washington Post blog. Americans are no longer interested in learning about the law, and reporters no longer want to cover it. Kliff displays the dissipating interest with two Google graphs. One, indicates that “Healthcare.gov,” “Obamacare,” and “Affordable Care Act,” have steadily fallen as Google search terms since October. The other compares the number of times the buzzwords were mentioned in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post. October had the most mentions, but it was all downhill from there.

Kliff believes this is what success for Obamacare will look like, whether it is occurring now, or will happen down the road. “There will be no ticker-tape parades, front-page stories, or skyrocketing poll numbers. It will be people using insurance and the press focusing on other things.”

But is it really boredom or success? Can the interest of the American people be accurately gauged using a Google graph search? And what about other factors? Covering political matters requires covering politicians. If politicians are not talking exclusively about health care, there will not exclusively be healthcare related stories.