No joke: House Dem objects to use of “ObamaCare” as a disparaging term

posted at 8:01 pm on February 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not the first time that this idiotic charge has been leveled, but it might be the first time that the idiocy has reached the floor of the House itself. To this day, I have yet to hear a coherent explanation of why “ObamaCare” is any more or less derogatory than “Bush tax cuts” or “Reaganomics.” Yes, granted, the term’s typically used by the law’s critics, but so what? “Reaganomics” has been used by liberals to try to draw a distinction between Reagan’s policies and sound economic theory, but the term itself is perfectly polite. “CrapCare” or “BoondoggleCare” or “We’llNeverPayForThisCare” would qualify as disparaging (and true!), but “ObamaCare”? If Debbie Wasserman-Schultz seriously finds that derogatory, it’s only because the law is now such a heavy albatross politically for the left that the mere act of reminding voters of its provenance feels like a low blow. Pathetic.

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Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is more liberal than most so she’s really good at demogoguing issues, not discussing them. In this case, rather than defend it, she’s worried about terminology. I guess it’s much easier than defending the indefensible.

Let’s not waste any more money on this turkey until the Supreme’s rule on it. Virginia wants to see that expedited the White House, and the Democrats, want the process delayed so they can tell everyone how much money they’ve spent already so you can’t declare it unconstitutional. Oh yes, they already have!!!

bflat879 on February 18, 2011 at 11:29 PM

That’s President Obamacare to you.

ddh on February 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM

In the same league as the Dem who worried about Guam tipping over.

AshleyTKing on February 18, 2011 at 11:45 PM


John the Libertarian on February 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM

What the heck is she saying? Because it has the name “Obama” in it you can’t criticize it? Thou shalt not take the name of the lord in vain, I guess she’s saying.

chris999 on February 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I suppose that if Romney is the GOP nominee, the Dems won’t use the expression Romneycare.

What’s next? David Gregory and George Stephanopolous will be grilling GOP interviewees about whether they’ve denounced anyone who has used the expression Obamacare?

“Are you now using, or have you ever used, the expression Obamacare?”

BuckeyeSam on February 19, 2011 at 1:16 AM

So… is the unpopular, illegitimate and unconstitutional law upset about being called ObamaCare?

RalphyBoy on February 19, 2011 at 1:59 AM

Ha! Ha! I always thought that CA had the stupidest rep in DC in the person of Babs Boxer. Looks like we have a challenger in Wasserman-Schultz. Game on Florida!

Kalifornia Kafir on February 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Not just dumb, Wasserman-Schultz dumb.

Kenosha Kid on February 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Ram it, Debbie!
A combination of wasser-carrier and Sgt. Schultz.

gordo on February 19, 2011 at 2:25 AM

RomneyCare. HillaryCare. Bush Tax Cuts. Reaganomics. It’s just a tradition.

SoulGlo on February 19, 2011 at 3:32 AM

DWS. What a joke she is. She represents the expat New Yorkers who moved to “Del Boca Vista.” They don’t like the taxes or weather up north so they moved to Fla. and are effing it up. Sorry, AP, but it must be asked: What the @#$& is wrong with people from NY?

JimP on February 19, 2011 at 5:24 AM

hmmm, maybe if it weren’t a disparaging joke, on the people, then it wouldn’t be called Obamacare. Ever think of that?

tarpon on February 19, 2011 at 6:05 AM

I agree with Wasserman-Schultz. I don’t like Obamacare. I’m going to start calling it BarackHusseinObamacare. Although I do like AP’s suggestion of Crapcare. How about BarackHusseinObamaCrapcare?

Lizzy on February 19, 2011 at 6:23 AM

D W-S is an aristocrat.

Don’t disturb her with words.

She will get the vapors.

And then complain loudly.

It is what aristocrats do.

ajacksonian on February 19, 2011 at 6:44 AM

She’s awful. Paul Ryan crushed her a few months back on Fox News Sunday.

jaschenb74 on February 19, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Democrats/liberals are almost too stupid for words, even for such words as “Obamacare,” which, when you think about it, is a single word that explains the critical health mess that idiot is putting is into….

chai on February 19, 2011 at 7:09 AM

If I sold this in Texas and called it the Affordable Care Act, I could be charged with False and Deceptive Trade Practices.
My costs, my provider’s cost and the government cost all go up, wtf! Keep it up traitors a purge is coming!

rgranger on February 19, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Let’s call it “ObamaDoesn’tCare

I think it is a bit more correct anyway.

J_Crater on February 19, 2011 at 7:34 AM

The Care that Dare Not Speak Its Name.

Grunchy Cranola on February 19, 2011 at 7:55 AM

I think she makes a good point, but for reasons other than the one intended.

I wonder if “McCain-Feingold” is considered a disparaging term in the Wasserman office?

Or is it just the ones that personalize inept liberal legislation?

BobMbx on February 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Somebody tell that leftist moron to take a hike. Typical Democrat . . . when reason and logic fail they resort to utter stupidity.

rplat on February 19, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Waste of time, the term has been used long enough now that even though it was originally intended to be a pejorative no one cares.

One interesting thought, today it’s assumed to hold negative connotations, tomorrow who knows, it may be a source of pride.

That’s the interesting thing about history, you never what they will say about today, tomorrow.

NextGen on February 19, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: isn’t this the witch that said “Don’t be a jerk?”

ExpressoBold on February 19, 2011 at 8:57 AM

……and before that it was HillaryCare…….

see….conservatives dont discriminate, we are equal opportunity bashers.

sbark on February 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Well, in a way, she’s right. It should be called PelosiCare or staffer’sCare or ImpossiCare or even Can’tgetCare.

Obama merely signed his name. He didn’t write a word of it and all he did was lie to the American people about what was in it or what would happen with it.

Tennman on February 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

When’s the last time this obnoxious Socialist Yenta washed her hair? Hey Debbie, ever heard of shampoo?

This is the Dems fault going back to Clinton, when wifey was going to be in charge(remember, we got two fer one with that lovely couple)even though she held no office, of HILLARYCARE. They once again misjudged the American people, thinking the People were so enamored with politicians as Rock Stars, wouldn’t it be cute( and disingenuous enough)to call Socialized Medicine “HillaryCare”. When People saw her hubris, they knocked her down a couple of pegs and Socialized Medicine had to wait for Comrade Zero and Nazi Pelosi.

Everyone should now refer to it as what it really is. The Socialized Medicine Ponzi Scheme. Any wonder why healthcare costs spiral out of control, while our wasteful government has its tentacles all around the industry that’s 1/6 of our economy in the form of Medicare and Medicaid? Get government out of healthcare and see the prices reset for what the TRUE market will bare…Band-Aids would cost 50cents at the hospital rather than the $40 they charge now.

adamsmith on February 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

But….But….Helen Thomas said we could call him any name in the book! Said it right here on Hot Air.

Herb on February 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Okay, let me see if I have this straight.

It’s disparaging the President to call the piece of legislation for which he is most proud, his legacy, his greatest accomplishment, by his name!

Did I get that right? on February 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Well, now that I know it really upsets them thats the only thing I will call it, ObamaCare ObamaCare ObamaCare.

mmcnamer1 on February 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Where are our trolls to tell us how the poodle aka the hyphenated one aka DWS aka Ms. Wasserman-Schultz is outrageously outraged?

CWforFreedom on February 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM

And Wasser-Manschultz was always touted as one of the Dems’ intellectual big guns. Ha. I do laugh.

steebo77 on February 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Can you blame her?? I wouldn’t want my party associated with that disaster either!

How many more reeeeaaaaallllly smart Dem’s have to lose there jobs just because the evil Republicans contine to pin Obama’s health care fiasco on Obama?

Tim_CA on February 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Wasserman-Shultz proving once again theres no cure for stupid

Viper1 on February 19, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Where I grew up, to call someone a “Debbie” was and indeed still is a disparaging remark.

Mr. Grump on February 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Cunning Stunt!

belad on February 19, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I don’t remember this whinnying when we called it HillaryCare.

JavelinaBomb on February 18, 2011 at 9:39 PM

That’s because Hillary is much tougher and more macho than Barry could ever hope to be.

Siddhartha Vicious on February 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM

That’s because Hillary is much tougher and more macho than MY MAIN MAAANNNNN Barry BAMSTAAAAAAHHHH!!!! YYYEEEAAHHHHHHHHHH

cableguy615 on February 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM

We’ll just have to give it a character that can’t be pronounced and call it the bill formerly known as Obamacare

Alden Pyle on February 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

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