- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2016

Obamacare has had significant problems this year. Premiums skyrocketed, state exchanges failed and major insurance providers dropped out of the program all together. These issues became very personal for Americans who had signed on with the Affordable Care Act.

The major broadcast networks, however, have almost ignored the issue for months, according to a new Newsbusters.com study .

“In all of 2016, the evening news broadcasts of ABC, CBS and NBC have only devoted 10 minutes and 21 seconds combined to Obamacare failures,” wrote analyst Mike Ciandella. “Until Bill Clinton called the Affordable Care Act ‘this crazy system’ on October 3, ABC and NBC hadn’t covered any Obamacare news in 2016 at all.”

Following the former president’s unexpected comment, the Big Three networks each gave the moment less than a minute of coverage.

“On October 24, ABC’s World News Tonight was the first to report that Obamacare premiums were going to spike drastically. The other two networks followed with full reports the next day,” Mr. Ciandella wrote, noting that the network devoted a minute and nine seconds to the news. CBS offered less than two minutes, NBC just over two minutes.

For this study, we looked for any mention or reference of Obamacare, even if it didn’t have to do with policy,” he said.

“Despite all running reports on October 25, by the next day the networks seem to have moved on,” the analyst continued, adding, “Obamacare’s collapse wasn’t as sudden or surprising as the broadcast evening news shows might lead you to believe. As NewsBusters previously reported, Obamacare failures throughout the year were either ignored, or only reported by CBS Evening News, and even then only in passing.”


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