Skip to comments.Dems Can't Make Up Their Minds About 'Obamacare' Label
Posted on 12/04/2013 3:51:35 AM PST by markomalley
It's been three years since President Obama signed a hugely complicated health care law. One of these days, we'll figure out what to call it.
After rejecting "Obamacare" as pejorative in 2010, Democrats embraced the term in 2012. And now some of them are rejecting it again.
"Yeah, I wish I hadn't called it Obamacare before because that has politicized it, and has been used by Republicans as a pejorative term," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters Tuesday after they noticed he was referring to the law only as the Affordable Care Act.
Hoyer isn't the first Democrat to reverse course on the O-word. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., corrected David Gregory during a recent Meet the Press appearance when he called the law "Obamacare," insisting that it's the Affordable Care Act.
The Democratic National Committee, on the other hand, is still highlighting a "This Is Obamacare" feature at the top of its website. And good luck un-seeing all those "I (Heart) Obamacare" bumper stickers from the 2012 campaign.
The president himself made a point of using the term during the 2012 campaign. He used it again during a speech Tuesday, although he eschewed "Obamacare" in his last public remarks about the law and his administration reportedly switched to Affordable Care Act in its talking points to surrogates.
"Obamacare" did begin as a negative label used only by Republicans. Liberal Democrats, though, pushed the White House to embrace it, arguing that the term wasn't going anywhere so Obama might as well own it. It gained widespread acceptance in large part simply because Democrats were using it all the time in off-the-cuff comments. But amid the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and the Democratic effort to frame health insurance as a personal issue rather than a political one, the term is falling out of favor again. "The Affordable Care Act" polls slightly better than "Obamacare," even though they are the same thing.
Hoyer told reporters Tuesday he agrees with Obama's assessment: Republicans will call it "Obamacare" unless and until people start to like it. He drew an analogy to the dramatic football game Saturday night in which Auburn University pulled off a last-second win over Alabama.
"Everyone was talking about the Alabama game--right up until Auburn won. That's your answer," he said.
“insisting that it’s the Affordable Care Act.”
Then the reply should be “Don’t you mean the ‘UNaffordable Care Act’?”
Now that Obama safely has his second term, expect “ObamaCare” to stick around; calling it the “Affordable Care Act” will remind voters that Congress passed it, and the media doesn’t want them paying the price.
Ahhhh, but Obama’s Pravda Media is now referring to it only as the ACA. They don’t want an IRS audit! And they obviously received the memo to stop calling it Obamacare.
Is Steny Hoyer a complete idiot or does he just play one during interviews?
Three things you can be sure of in life: (1) Death; (2) taxes; and (3) that any legislative initiative called the “Affordable Care Act” will be neither affordable, nor provide care.
This is chance to try to take back some of the language in the debate. Has there ever been a better example of Orwellian double-speak than “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”? This law doesn’t protect patients, it’s not affordable and it focuses on health insurance, not health care.
I suggest all Republicans henceforth refer to this as the “Obama/Democrat Party Central-Planning Health Insurance Act”.
Call it crap, call it communism. It will always be ObamaCare. The boy has to take responsibility for something. He can’t always blame his mistakes on somebody else. ObamaCare is Barry’s “signature” screwup.
Hoyer will do whatever Obama and Pelosi tell him to do.
He has no mind of his own. He is a Borg.
“President Obama has embraced Obamacare as the de facto name of his signature health care initiative.
But the commander-in-chief believes that if the law ends up being a wild success, the moniker will disappear.”
Cue the cuckoo clock sound effect, please.
Call it “REPEALED”.
If you like your IRS audit you can keep criticizing Obamacare.
I know what I call it, but I'd like to keep my posting privileges.
"Obamacide" is a good fall back point.
I disagree somewhat. “steny” is a complete, utter, worthless, degenerate, subhuman idiot.
No matter what they want to call it, it is still a piece of crap and needs to be dumped into the cess pool along with those who conceived it, gave birth to it and support it. There is NO alternative. It will and should always be “odumbocare”.
Yeah, it’s funny that the original name is a parody as well.
I've never seen a party run so quickly away from legislation they passed and were proud of just a few months ago
He was smart enough to live all this time without hitting a lick of work. Sucking off the Government teat his whole life./
Yes a worthless human being but not exactly stupid, just corrupt as are all Democrats.
People are now scoffing every time they hear the word "affordable".
You can spot an Organizing for America shill from a mile away online when they call this thing the Affordable Care Act.
Almost no one normally uses that. The thing isnt even affordable, care, or an act.
It’s the Holy Roman Empire of legislation.