Video: Apparently “ObamaCare” is a derogatory term now

posted at 5:00 pm on April 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

Yeah, I don’t get it either but Newsweek’s pretty sure that Jon Stewart’s right, so QED. Jim Treacher:

If “Obamacare” is derogatory, who or what is being derogated? Is this “health care reform” being impugned by its association with Obama? Or is Obama being insulted by associating him with it? Presumably Jon Stewart is in favor of both. So where’s the disparagement? Which one is being brought down by the other?

Stewart likens this phrase to using “teabaggers” to describe members of the Tea Party. Is he really comparing Barack Obama, the President of the United States, to the practice of dipping one’s testicles into another person’s mouth?

Frankly, I suspect the only reason the White House doesn’t use the term itself is because it would sound like they’re taking too much of the credit for the bill’s passage. Given The One’s vow that Democrats will campaign on the glories of this galactic boondoggle in November, you would think he’d be simply itching to slap his brand on it. As it is, I think the logic works like this: “ObamaCare” is a term primarily used by conservatives, and conservatives aren’t real fond of The One or his new law, and it’s just not nice of them to feel that way, ergo this is a smear on par with calling an old lady holding a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag at a protest a “teabagger.” Or maybe I’m overthinking this: Maybe it’s just the left waking up to the fact of how unpopular the law is and doing what little it can to remove Obama’s fingerprints from it. You make the call.

Exit question: If Newsweek thinks “ObamaCare” should be verboten, what are we to make of this headline?


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Obamacare. It is what it is.

either orr on April 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Hat tip to AllaP for this idea:

Let’s call supporters of ObamaCare this: ObamaCareBaggers.

And guys like Stewart are MediaBaggers.

And the MSM are NewsBaggers.

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Try it, and savor the sting it inflicts on the Left

FlameWarrior on April 22, 2010 at 6:27 PM

I think we should rename medicare “JohnsonCare”.

Buddahpundit on April 22, 2010 at 6:28 PM

F******g big deal.

Speakup on April 22, 2010 at 6:33 PM

I hadn’t picked up a Newsweek in a while and took a look at one yesterday. They are Obamabots.

CWforFreedom on April 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Jon Stewart who?

csdeven on April 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Is he really comparing Barack Obama, the President of the United States, to …..

allah,

Thank you very much. I’ve been in ignorant bliss until now.

shick on April 22, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Or maybe I’m overthinking this: Maybe it’s just the left waking up to the fact of how unpopular the law is and doing what little it can to remove Obama’s fingerprints from it. You make the call.

I nominate: Hussein Care.

Oh, wait…I can’t say that, can I?

GrannyDee on April 22, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Hmmm…. Americans hate ObamaCare, answer: Change the name! Logic (if you can call it that) Americans will be to stupid to understand the Bill stays the same? Or, Americans like the Bill they just hate the name? Americans that hate the name are racist of course.
mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm

IowaWoman on April 22, 2010 at 6:56 PM

It’s power politics in it’s meanest form. They want to change the very language of debate – to put the battle on their field. Very typical of the left to try to work the very arguments and symbols against their agenda out of discussion.

JeffWeimer on April 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Derogatory because they don’t want The One linked to this crappy oppressive ObamaCare bill.

jjrakman on April 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Newsweek… didn’t that used to be a magazine a few years back, before the common dimocrats turned it into a party newsletter?

n0doz on April 22, 2010 at 7:29 PM

If only Phil Hartman were still alive he could taunt Jon-Monica-Stewart as the Anal Retentive Comedian.

viking01 on April 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM

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DSchoen on April 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM

It is Obamacare. Frankly if Stewart thought is was a stellar plan, he would be begging for us to use “Obamacare”. Trying the wipe the lipstick off the bearer of bad news now isn’t going to get it. He fails as does this bill

Brae on April 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Allah, I appreciate you running through some possible explanations for Newsweek’s rationale, but we both know what the answer is. As evidenced by their “Romneycare” article this week, obviously the answer is that Newsweek is a yellow journalism rag, and a very sloppy one at that.

Tuning Spork on April 22, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Lipstick on a pig.

hillbillyjim on April 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Jon Stewart is an unfunny moron. The nly person who laughs at his material is him and his prop audience. He sucks.

johnnyU on April 23, 2010 at 11:28 AM

There’s so much attention on Obama, Hillary seems like a good girl now doesnt she? She’s coming back people….be ready.

johnnyU on April 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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