(Karen Bleier AFP-Getty Images)
(Karen Bleier AFP-Getty Images)

What folks are looking for online and how they’re looking for it is a subject of endless interest. To us, at least. For instance, we at KQED know that people are searching for information on the new federal health-care law (the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare). We know because there’s been a consistently high demand for our guide on how the new law works in California, Obamacare Explained. It’s not really a surprise that we’re just seeing a slice of what’s going on everywhere.

Here are lists from Yahoo! and Google on Obamacare searches this week:

From Yahoo!

  1. [what is obamacare]
  2. [what are the obamacare facts]
  3. [what is obamacare exactly]
  4. [how to sign up for obamacare]
  5. [how much will obamacare cost me]
  6. [is congress exempt from obamacare]
  7. [who is exempt from obamacare]
  8. [where to sign up for obamacare]
  9. [why is obamacare bad]
  10. [how to enroll in obamacare]
  11. [how does obamacare work]
  12. [what does obamacare mean]
  13. [when does obamacare take effect]
  14. [who has to sign up for obamacare]
  15. [how will obamacare effect medicare]

From Google, a slightly different list: trending searches in the Bay Area this week. This makes it clear that there’s something else on people’s minds this week besides health care:

  1. government shutdown
  2. obama care california
  3. covered california
  4. yosemite national park
  5. government shutdown 1995
  6. obama care chip
  7. why government shutdown
  8. affordable care act
  9. what is obamacare
  10. furlough

And one last list: From Yahoo!, a list of states searching the most for “Obamacare” this week:


  1. Georgia
  2. Tennessee
  3. Florida
  4. Texas
  5. Alabama
  6. New Jersey
  7. Kentucky
  8. Mississippi
  9. North Carolina
  10. Arkansas


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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