The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the February numbers for Obamacare enrollment, a much-anticipated data dump with significant implications for President Obama’s chief domestic policy initiative. The numbers are the same no matter what outlet you work for: As of the end of the February reporting period, there were 4.2 million folks enrolled in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, 943,000 in the last month. Of the total enrollment figure, 55 percent are female and 45 percent are male, and 31 percent are age 34 and under.
Now have a look at how news organizations presented the news in their headlines.
These outlets presented a friendly variation on the HHS press release, which was titled “Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace climbs to 4.2 million in February.”
“4.2 million have signed up for Obamacare”: CNNMoney
“Obamacare Enrollment Up To 4.2 Million”: Time
“More Than 4.2 Million People Have Now Enrolled In Obamacare”: Huffington Post
“Obamacare enrollment surpasses 4.2 million; more young adults signed up”: MarketWatch (WSJ)
“Obamacare sign-ups continue increase, hit 4.2 million in February”: Los Angeles Times
“Obamacare enrollment in private coverage rises to 4.2 mln people”: Reuters
These three outlets were tougher on the numbers, judging from their placement at the top of a Republican National Committee blog post ripping Obamacare.
“Obamacare enrollment drops off in February”: Washington Post
“Obamacare Missed February Enrollment Target”: National Journal
“Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target”: Washington Examiner
This outlet wasn’t mentioned at the top of a Republican National Committee blog post but could well have been:
“New report shows administration lagging far behind ObamaCare enrollment goals”: Fox News
This outlet attempted to balance things:
“Obamacare Enrollment Over 4 Million, Still Missing Critical Millennials”: ABC News