GOP congressman asks Democrats if they’re ready to embrace ‘Obamacare’

posted at 1:45 pm on April 1, 2012 by Rob Bluey

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said last July, “I take great offense when I hear the word ‘Obamacare.’ There is no such thing.” His colleague, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), called the word “purposefully provocative,” “misleading” and “unfair.”

But now that even President Obama is embracing the word, will other Democrats change their tune?

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants some clarity on the issue. Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong reports that Issa wrote to Cummings and Clay to figure out where they stand today.

“Given your past rhetoric, please clarify whether you would like the record to reflect that you still stand behind your earlier statements and believe the Obama campaign’s use of the term ‘Obamacare’ is inappropriate or indicate that you would like the record to reflect the fact that you have changed your position on the use of the term‘Obamacare’ and do not intend to object to its usage in future committee proceedings,” Issa wrote.

Liberals initially recoiled at the term and many news outlets avoided using it. But the law’s official title, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or PPACA, didn’t exactly stick. A blogger at Daily Kos raised the issue in January: “What do we want to call the PPACA?” Among the ideas floated were “ObamaCare” with a capital “C” and “ObamaCARES!”

Two years after the law’s passage, Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, sent an email encouraging supporters to use the word: “If you’re tired of the other side throwing around that word like it’s an insult, then join me in sending a message that we’re proud of it.” Obama adviser David Axelrod took it a step farther, sending an email with the subject line, “Hell yeah — I like Obamacare.”

Roll Call was unable to get a comment from Cummings and Clay. The newspaper did note that regardless of what Democrats decide, members of Congress still won’t be able to use the term in official mailings to constituents.

“Associating personal identity with legislation is prohibited by the Franking Commission. The use of ‘Obamacare’ falls within that category,” spokesman Steve Dutton said.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he was recently informed he had used the word Obamacare on the House floor four times more than the person who used it the second most.

Asked about the Franking Commission’s policy, King said, “The president can use his middle name but nobody else can, by order of the Franking Commission. And he can use ‘Obamacare’ but nobody else can, by order of the Franking Commission. Double standard!”

Rob Bluey directs the Center for Media and Public Policy, an investigative journalism operation at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @RobertBluey


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Sundays are slow news days…

MooCowBang on April 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Let’s call it Husseincare.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

so there just may be something to that old superstition that left handers are in thrall to satan…

mittens on April 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

CommieCare :)

Wolftech on April 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Congressmen should PAY FOR THEIR OWN mailings. When you accept “free” stuff from government, guess what, government gets to tell you what to do!

wildcat72 on April 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Let’s call it GONE!

hillsoftx on April 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

“Given your past rhetoric, please clarify whether you would like the record to reflect that you still stand behind your earlier statements and believe the Obama campaign’s use of the term ‘Obamacare’ is inappropriate or indicate that you would like the record to reflect the fact that you have changed your position on the use of the term‘Obamacare’ and do not intend to object to its usage in future committee proceedings,” Issa wrote.

This is what our political system has turned into. Mindless political games. I thought conservatives were all about preventing waste in government.

Uppereastside on April 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Let’s call it Husseincare.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I like it!

thebrokenrattle on April 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

#ObamaCareHashTagFun

#ObamaCareFlukesUsAll

#ObamaCaresAboutMyDeadGranpasVote

Roy Rogers on April 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I think the official name is fitting. Of course it’s affordable when you’re forced afford it by lawy. And you’re definitely protected, like a lot of Chicagoan businesses have been protected over the years.

Transpo on April 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said last July, “I take great offense when I hear the word ‘Obamacare.’ There is no such thing.” His colleague, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), called the word “purposefully provocative,” “misleading” and “unfair.”

It should more accurately be called “The Assassinate the United States Constitution Act”.

VorDaj on April 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

A blogger at Daily Kos raised the issue in January: “What do we want to call the PPACA?” Among the ideas floated were “ObamaCare” with a capital “C” and “ObamaCARES!”

ClusterfkCare?

arnold ziffel on April 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM

So will the Democrats still embrace “ObamaCare” if SCOTUS throws it out?

GarandFan on April 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I just hope to goodness after the Nov. elections I won’t have to see many more things with bho’s signature on it, ever! But, I bet bho will be doing things with the eo pen that will make us all sick? If bho does not re-elected, he!! is a coming from bho on how he will ‘punish’ those who voted him out?
L

letget on April 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

#ObamaCareIsTheChicagoWay

Roy Rogers on April 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

OT:

This disgusting video has almost 1000 likes and only 44 dislikes on YouTube.

http://youtu.be/AK7gI5lMB7M

Please vote your conscience.

The Rock on April 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

KaganCare?

MechanicalBill on April 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Let’s call it Genocide of Liberty. Or Libertycide for short. Or we could call it the Obama Dark Ages but I’m sure they would have a cow or two over that, but then so much the better. Why are these two democrap congress creatures spending their valueable time on this anyway? Shouldn’t they be leading some lynch mob going after some Hispanic guy?

VorDaj on April 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Let’s call it GONE!

hillsoftx on April 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I like it…

ProfShadow on April 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I don’t care what the Democrats call it. All I care is that the Supreme Court calls it “Unconstitutional.”

aunursa on April 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Let’s call it Obama Diarrhea or Obamarhea for short.

VorDaj on April 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

How about 16th century medical care at a 23rd century price.

VorDaj on April 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Let’s call it “the Woody Allen” or “the Joe DiMaggio”. Call it whatever you like, but a crap sandwich still tastes like a crap sandwich.

ardenenoch on April 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

CoerciveCare

jrgdds on April 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Democare, because they own it.

diogenes on April 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

For those opposed to 0bamacare, it is a very good thing that the name has stuck. This will link it, inextricably, in people’s minds to 0bama. A lot of people really don’t like 0bama. And so, to link the bill with the name of a president who shoved it down America’s collective throat, with over 50% kicking and screaming and yelling bloody murder the whole time, the bill is set up to be something with negative connotations.

We don’t have RooseveltSecurity or JohnsonFare, and so these programs have seemed non-partisan, and are harder to argue with.

Whoever first coined the “0bamaCare” phrase did a good thing.

If the president goes down in November, the negative name association with the loser will make it that much easier for the GOP president to lead a full repeal. Americans don’t like losers.

cane_loader on April 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

But now that even President Obama is embracing the word, will other Democrats change their tune?

I find this a bit surprising that the Obama campaign would be embracing the name of Obamacare given the fact that it’s so unpopular. I really believe if Obamacare is ruled constitutional, the bill will collapse under it’s own weight.

gatorfanatic on April 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

We’re tired of ‘LIMP HANDSHAKE’ republicans leading the party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuXjfMmRnHU&feature=plcp&context=C4ff005dVDvjVQa1PpcFP2g06OGWt0tN-ywAFPZzKYrXGEPxPJwDE%3D

these wusses in the gop have shown no backbone in so many cases, are they that incompetent?

Boehner and the so called leadership in D.C. is about as friggin tone deaf as they come.

Chant with me:

No more Limp hand-shakes!!!

No more Limp hand-shakes!!!

No more shaking hands with the enemy

No more Limp hand-shakes!!!

PappyD61 on April 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ZeroCare

FLconservative on April 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

0care, Strike it down. Single Payer is the Goal.

Bmore on April 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Let’s call it Husseincare.

CurtZHP on April 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I prefer InsaneCare.

bgibbs1000 on April 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hey if an aspirin can cost a sawbuck in a hospital what’s the tax on a hemostat going to cost?

Speakup on April 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

The Truman Doctrine, JFK’s “we will go to the moon”, LBJ’s “Great Society”, Reaganomics, the “Bush Doctrine” (as Charlie Gibson looks down his nose, over his reading glasses, at Sarah Palin), what could possibly be wrong with “Obamacare”? It was his signature achievement. Some people have thin skin.

Paul-Cincy on April 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I prefer 0bama HellCare because that is what it really is.

jukin3 on April 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I only think of it as ObamaScare

HammerNH on April 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

NooneReadThe2700PageBillCare
FeedingOffTheWorkingClassCare
GimmeSomeObamaMoneyCare
ItWasWorseThanWeThoughtCare
BushFaultCare
WeDon’tNeedNoStinkingConstitutionCare
I’mACongressPersonYouPayForMyCareForLifeCare
YouLittlePeopleWeDoTheThinkingForYouCare
HoodieCare
CriticalRaceTheoryCare
KeepOnTweetingSoledadTilKingdomComeCare
TaxTheRichTilTheyBleedBecauseItsOnlyFairCare
WTFCare (WinningTheFuture)

racquetballer on April 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

And Lastly:
TheRentIsTooDamnHighCare

racquetballer on April 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I thought conservatives were all about preventing waste in government.

Uppereastside on April 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

True story:
I worked as a summer counselor for the CETA program under Carter and continued after it became JPTA under Reagan. The two biggest differences from CETA–which conservatives called a make-work, government giveaway program–to JTPA, was 1) the implementation of a private enterprise component and 2) the reams of new paperwork conservatives required to provide accountability to the overseers of the program.

Much of my perception about how the other side works and thinks come from those summers working as the only conservative in a room full of liberals. But I also learned about the self-defeating ways we conservatives approach unnecessary–and extra-Constitutional–government intrusion into the affairs of citizens. For their good, of course.

rwenger43 on April 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

PelosiCare. That should be the exclusive name for it from here forward. The only reason to call it Obamacare is so people can accuse others of RAAAACISM if they don’t like it.

RudeMechanic on April 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

It’ll always be ObamaScare to me but all its names are going to be merely nostalgic after it goes the way of the dodo bird and the wooly mammoth.

stukinIL4now on April 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Reference for PPACA:

Out: ObamaCare

In: Douchebaggery

BobMbx on April 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Though the Franking Commission forbids it, the laws of scrabble will continue to allow it. Obamacare is a word in common usage.

“Obamacare” will sum up the Obama administration for future generations. Either it will define how they live, under a new constitutional regime that lets the federal legislature regulate all human activity and inactivity, or it will define a president’s failure, the way “Hooverville” pins America’s initially inadequate response to the Great Depression on Herbert Hoover forever. With this difference: Hoovervilles actually existed, whereas Obamacare won’t have produced a thing except corruption and empty promises.

David Blue on April 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

But if “Obamacare” is officially forbidden for now, how about the more generic … Insuracare?

David Blue on April 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

A Lefty signing Lefty Legislation.

Heh.

..and a good Afternoon to everyone!

BlaxPac on April 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

“Given your past rhetoric, please clarify whether you would like the record to reflect that you still stand behind your earlier statements and believe the Obama campaign’s use of the term ‘Obamacare’ is inappropriate or indicate that you would like the record to reflect the fact that you have changed your position on the use of the term‘Obamacare’ and do not intend to object to its usage in future committee proceedings,” Issa wrote.

It’s like the nword: no problemo when they use it.

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

OBAMACARE?

How about the “Slavery to the government Proclamation”?

Like the Emancipation Proclamation….only in reverse.

With Uncle Sam as the Plantation owner.

PappyD61 on April 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

No more Limp hand-shakes!!! PappyD61 on April 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

More hearty hand clasps!

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I just hope to goodness after the Nov. elections I won’t have to see many more things with bho’s signature on it, ever!
letget on April 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

His signature will likely be on lots of presidential pardons for lots of very bad people, like cop-killer and lefty poster-boy Mumia, and other assorted criminals (including, no doubt, some of the ones currently serving in high positions in the Obama administration).

If you think Clinton pardoned a lot of low lifes on his way out the door, you probably haven’t seen anything yet.

AZCoyote on April 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM

No more Limp hand-shakes!!! PappyD61 on April 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

More hearty hand clasps!

Akzed on April 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Robust thumb wrestling

msupertas on April 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Dimmocrits embrace ObamaCare?

That’s a non-story.

What’s the REAL story is … how the GOP will embrace it if “President Willard” is elected.

If the SCOTUS doesn’t strike it down, in total – bet your ass that the GOP establishment will use that as “safe harbor” to keep O-Care in place.

With just a little “tooling” … O-Care is very attractive to the GOP elite since it brings so much money into Washington, DC. Money is power – for whomever controls the government. Bank on the fact that the GOP will find a way to keep almost all of that money rolling into the beltway!

In fact, if Willard is elected – you can expect a major oval office speech from him announcing that national healthcare is a NECESSARY program but, of course … it must be “done right” … and the GOP establishment is right here to show you poor folks the way!

The goal of Willard is to turn the GOP away from the Reagan Legacy and turn it toward the British Conservative Party.

And don’t worry – I’ll be here every step of the way if he gets elected to remind you guys of what slaves were to vote for him!

HondaV65 on April 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The Dimocrats may not like it, but they OWN IT!!

Stand by to hear about it in every campaign ad until NO-vember…

“COUNT IT!” /crr6

Khun Joe on April 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM

How about Democare?

Bill Gates dies in a car accident. He finds himself in purgatory, being sized up by St. Peter. “Well, Bill, I’m really confused on this call; I’m not sure where to send you. After all, you helped society enormously by putting a computer in almost every home in America, yet you also created that ghastly Windows Vista. I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. In your case; I’m going to let you decide whether you want to go to Heaven or Hell.”

Bill replied, “Well, what’s the difference between the two?”

St. Peter: “I’m willing to let you visit both places briefly, if it will help your decision.”

Bill: “Fine, but where should I go first?”

St. Peter: “I’ll leave that up to you.”

“Okay then,” said Bill, “Let’s try Hell first.”

So Bill went to Hell. It was a beautiful, clean, sandy beach with clear waters and lots of bikini-clad women running around, playing in the water, laughing, and frolicking about. The sun was shining; the temperature was perfect. Bill was very pleased.

“This is great!” he told St. Peter. “If this is hell, I REALLY want to see heaven!”

“Fine,” said St. Peter, and off they went.

Heaven was a place high in the clouds, with angels drifting about, playing harps and singing. It was nice, but not as enticing as Hell. Bill thought for a minute, and rendered his decision.

“Hmmm. I think I’d prefer Hell,” he told St. Peter.

“Fine,” retorted St. Peter, “as you desire.” So Bill Gates went to Hell.

Two weeks later, St. Peter decided to check on the late billionaire to see how he was doing in Hell. When he got there, he found Bill, shackled to a wall, screaming amongst hot flames in dark caves, being burned and tortured by demons. “How’s everything going?” he asked Bill.

Bill responded, with his voice filled with anguish and disappointment, “This is awful! This is nothing like the Hell I visited two weeks ago! I can’t believe this is happening! What happened to that other place, with the beautiful beaches, the scantily-clad women playing in the water?”

“That was a demo,” replied St. Peter.

unclesmrgol on April 1, 2012 at 5:17 PM

DerangementCare probabled used most by GOPers like one dick cheney, he probably used up 50% of all the funds already.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

DerangementCare probabled used most by GOPers like one dick cheney, he probably used up 50% of all the funds already.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

When you finally construct an entire sentence correctly, we’re going to throw you a nice party.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I thought conservatives were all about preventing waste in government.

Uppereastside on April 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Why do you think we want the wretched ObamaCare dead, dead dead?

America’s on our side with this, if you haven’t noticed yet.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Gotcha-care?

Don L on April 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

When you finally construct an entire sentence correctly, we’re going to throw you a nice party.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

There are days when I’m sure that some of this new crop are working out of boiler rooms in Russia.

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2012 at 6:34 PM

DerangementCare probabled used most by GOPers like one dick cheney, he probably used up 50% of all the funds already.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I know we like to complain about the quality of our trolls around here, but seriously. Can we not get even some decent ones?!

stvnscott on April 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Let’s call it Obama Diarrhea or Obamarhea for short.

VorDaj on April 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I love it! Perfect.

nicefly on April 1, 2012 at 7:51 PM

BFDCare? WTFCare?

onlineanalyst on April 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

GOP congressman asks Democrats if they’re ready to embrace ‘Obamacare’

……gosh no!……the Democrats are going to dry hump it until they pass out from exhaustion!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Americans should be asking Romney supporters, especially the GOP politicians, if they are ready to embrace the Individual Mandate which Sketchy did again quite recently.

DannoJyd on April 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM

ImObamaEFUcare!

Sherman1864 on April 2, 2012 at 7:24 AM

BloatCare.

AttaBoyLuther on April 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM