Pelosi: Hey, let’s start calling the public option by another name

posted at 8:40 pm on October 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

I kind of like this one, just because it’s so shameless in its Orwellianism. If you’re going to go for “black = white” Newspeak, really go for it, you know? Now think: If you were trying to sell a policy like the public option, the big fear of which is that it’s going to drive private insurers out of business and lead to a single-payer government monopoly, what’s the most Orwellian euphemism you could come up with for it? Think hard.

Right.

In an appearance at a Florida senior center, the Democratic leader referred to the so-called public option as “the consumer option.” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., appeared by Pelosi’s side and used the term “competitive option.”

Both suggested new terminology might get them past any lingering doubts among the public – or consumers or competitors.

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,’” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”…

“I think she’s going to go up and test-drive it when she goes back to Washington,” Wasserman Schultz said. “It might stick.”

It’s not going to be paid for with public dollars? Wasn’t this the same woman who, not three weeks ago, went on Charlie Rose to mumble about maybe passing a VAT to address health-care costs and giant deficits more generally? Hello?

Then again, let’s remember what kind of intellect we’re dealing with here. Exit question: Why does the public option need rebranding? I thought the lefty talking point of the month was that the public loves loves loves the public option, even though it really doesn’t.


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This is straight out of the liberal playbook. Anyone remember “global warming”? Of course not because now it is “climate change”!

My favorite Pelosi-ism is from the Democrat Convention last year. When confronted on the street by chants of “drill here, drill now,” her bon mot in response: “Why don’t we drill your heads.” Still brings a smile to my face. She’s such a quick wit under fire. /s

Mallard T. Drake on October 26, 2009 at 9:35 PM

How ’bout “the monkey f***ing a football option”.

Because that’s what it seems like watching Pelosi and Reid trying to move this jackassery forward.

NoDonkey on October 26, 2009 at 9:36 PM

How about the “win one for the gypper option”.

MB4 on October 26, 2009 at 9:39 PM

I like it.

Any bets that they will check the comments at HA to see which one flies better?

ElRonaldo on October 26, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Let me guess, some sort of Orwellian term like “low-cost, high quality care option.”

Grafted on October 26, 2009 at 9:49 PM

This is good news.

They have to have polling that says people generally hate this idea, which is why they’re flailing and trying to re-brand.

It’s hopeless and no one wants to break the news to Barry that he’s going to be a one-term failure.

I’ll tell him. Over a beer.

NoDonkey on October 26, 2009 at 9:49 PM

May ill will and misfortune stock all whom associate with the House of Pelosi.

dmann on October 26, 2009 at 10:00 PM

BTW, it’s true.
She’s even dumber in person than on TV.

n0doz on October 26, 2009 at 10:12 PM

I just had a great idea: Let’s let the libtards come up with a thousand new words a day if they want to.

It is Socialized Medicine.

It has always been Socialized Medicine.

And it will always be Socialized Medicine.

There is no reason for any honest person to call it anything besides that. There never has been, and there never will be.

logis on October 26, 2009 at 10:22 PM

This woman is insaaaaaaaaaaane!

HAnthonyWayne on October 26, 2009 at 10:27 PM

I prefer calling it the FUBAR Option.

SoulGlo on October 26, 2009 at 10:28 PM

They could call it “naked redheads wrestling in jello, while topless blonds brought free beer;” maybe then, thinking people would be fooled into supporting it.

Nah.

Still won’t work.

massrighty on October 26, 2009 at 10:28 PM

They should call it “the good option.” What, you’re against good?

Jim Treacher on October 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM

They should call it “the good option.” What, you’re against good?

Jim Treacher on October 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM

I see what you did there, Mr. Treacher….

massrighty on October 26, 2009 at 10:37 PM

They should call it “the good option.” What, you’re against good?

Jim Treacher on October 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM

That’s why tax increases had to become “investments in critical infrastucture….”

massrighty on October 26, 2009 at 10:38 PM

How about “It’s not a taxpayer rape-rape option, just a rape option”?

GarandFan on October 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM

The great fiction that the government creates worthwhile jobs marches on with the progressives. The government does not create jobs. At best it avoids destroying them through higher taxation and regulation. It is a malign influence on a free market economy in almost every sphere. Still, I like being asked to suck down tax rises and the PROGRESSIVE destruction of personal liberty by a multi-millionaire plutocrat who thinks she knows best. What do they think they are? The spiritual heirs of George III?

Anders on October 26, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Those phrases stink of focus group so badly. What a bunch of posers.

evergreen on October 26, 2009 at 11:05 PM

Pelosi is now Pelousey. NOW we’ll all fall in line.

Mojave Mark on October 26, 2009 at 11:06 PM

One lie is as good as another?

daesleeper on October 26, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Grand Theft Medical (truth in advertising)

ya2daup on October 26, 2009 at 11:46 PM

How about the “Drinks Are On the House Option” ?

I’d like to give Pelosi a new name: “Retired”

Dopenstrange on October 27, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Ah euphemistic code words for unpopular Democratic plans to take control of the country. Clever people!

How about:

1 Public option= Government Health Care Administrative Monopoly
2 Tax increase= End User Beneficiary Depreciator
3 Retreat from Afghanistan=Victorious military retrograde maneuver.
4 Redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the poor=Reid-Pelosi Congressional Fairness & Equity Reallocation of Resources Act of 2010.

MaiDee on October 27, 2009 at 12:35 AM

Or maybe the “MMMMMM, MMMMMM, MMMMMM Option”?

Dopenstrange on October 27, 2009 at 12:36 AM

BTW, it’s true.
She’s even dumber in person than on TV.

n0doz on October 26, 2009 at 10:12 PM

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Not Possible.

Dopenstrange on October 27, 2009 at 12:41 AM

How about the “Drinks Are On the House Option” ?

I’d like to give Pelosi a new name: “Retired”

Dopenstrange on October 27, 2009 at 12:34 AM

How about “Pills-R-Us”?

MB4 on October 27, 2009 at 12:57 AM

How about the “Democrat option”

J_Crater on October 27, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Sorry Nancy, Sarah Palin beat you to it by renaming it the “Death Panel Option”.

Besides the “Chicken in every pot option” and “Forty acres and a mule option” have already been taken.

Left Coast Right Mind on October 27, 2009 at 2:27 AM

Does she not make enough money to afford a hair stylist, and not cut her own hair? What a frump.

leftnomore on October 27, 2009 at 2:53 AM

If at first you don’t succeed, lie lie again.

{+_+}

herself on October 27, 2009 at 4:27 AM

How about the “Ministry of Love” option?

The Ministry of Love enforces loyalty and love of Big Brother through fear, a repressive apparatus, and brainwashing. The Ministry of Love building has no windows and is surrounded by barbed wire entanglements, steel doors, hidden machine gun nests, and guards armed with “jointed truncheons.”

Geochelone on October 27, 2009 at 4:55 AM

what’s the most Orwellian euphemism you could come up with for it? Think hard.

Defined Contribution.

.

percysunshine on October 27, 2009 at 6:09 AM

We could call it the “Pelosi Option” so she will get all the credit/blame.

J_Crater on October 27, 2009 at 7:20 AM

Let’s call it the “Jason Voorhees Option”

J_Crater on October 27, 2009 at 7:23 AM

The old bait and switch option.

yoda on October 27, 2009 at 7:52 AM

The old bait and switch option.

yoda on October 27, 2009 at 7:52 AM

The old bait bat and switch option.

FIFY

Josiah on October 27, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Socialism by any other name is still Socialism.

generouse on October 27, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Hey! Lets start calling Pelosi by another name! WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST comes to mind first.

Cybergeezer on October 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM

If they re-brand it, a lot of the people who don’t pay much attention, are likely to believe that it really is a new policy, and since it has such a nice sounding name, they will instinctively support it, until they learn more about it.

MarkTheGreat on October 27, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Ms. Pelosi, just call it DOA “Death by Over Administration”.

MSGTAS on October 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Socialism by any other name is still Socialism.

generouse on October 27, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Yep. I always think of Jim Taggart trying to explain what he wants without actually having to say what he wants.

j_galt on October 27, 2009 at 10:50 AM

The spouse and I were amusing ourselves this morning comparing the Congress to Mordor. Decided Harry Reid was either the Mouth of Sauron or a puny orc runt, take your pick, and Nancy is a winged Nazgul- whose screech inspires fear and loathing.

evergreen on October 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I’d love to stay and discuss but the pigs in the big house are calling for more rye.

gopmom on October 27, 2009 at 10:53 AM

It’s not even an option if it’s mandatory we pay for it. If the name’s up for grabs, call it what it is – a public mandate.

If we lose, it’s because we let them misname it for so long. Never ever let the opposition control the language like this! Language influences perception.

elfman on October 27, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Newspeak….

Army Brat on October 27, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Maybe the BOHICA option?

Cybergeezer on October 27, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Oh; Right; This is the BOHICA party, starring Bawney Fwank!

Cybergeezer on October 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM

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