Politico: The administration doesn’t seem to be calling it “ObamaCare” much these days, huh?

posted at 1:21 pm on November 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On many an erstwhile occasion, President Obama has remarked upon his political adversaries’ healthcare-related vernacular and insisted that he is one hundred percent copacetic with Republicans using the term “ObamaCare” versus the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” “I have no problem with people saying Obama cares. I do care. … If the other side wants to be the folks that don’t care, that’s fine with me. I do care” was a familiar refrain back in 2011, and it was only two short months ago that he was once again admonishing Republicans’ jargon: “Once [the law is] working really well, I guarantee you they will not call it Obamacare,” he said, supremely confident that it would be Republicans who would eventually want to dissociate his name from what they would come to acknowledge as a spectacular law:

Right now, however, it looks like Democrats are going to be the ones to blink first on the precise terminology, as Politico notices today:

With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

The president didn’t say “Obamacare” once during his nearly hourlong news conference last week, while he referred to the “Affordable Care Act” a dozen times. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to correct David Gregory on “Meet the Press” Sunday on the proper terminology. And White House talking points distributed to Democrats and obtained by POLITICO repeatedly refer to the Affordable Care Act in suggested sound bites, not Obamacare. …

Now, the phrase is vanishing from official use. White House website posts in July (“Obamacare in Three Words: Saving People Money”) and late September (“What Obamacare Means for You”) called the health care law the O-word. But now HealthCare.gov is almost entirely scrubbed of “Obamacare” and the law is called the Affordable Care Act in nearly every instance. Health insurance exchanges run by states don’t use the term Obamacare at all. …

White House aides said there’s been no internal guidance about which term to use.

That may be true, and both the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for Action are still going about their usual campaign activities with “ObamaCare” on their lips, but with both the law’s and the president’s approval ratings taking a tumble and Democrats trying not to collectively panic, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more and more Democrats and Obama officials jumping back on to the original anti-”ObamaCare” bandwagon:

On Tuesday, one top Democrat, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, acknowledged that the website for the exchanges needed to be fixed, but he also apologized after he referred to the law as “Obamacare.”

“I’m sure that if I were a Republican, I would yell and scream about it as well. They don’t like Obamacare. I think Obamacare — strike that — the Affordable Care Act, I’m sorry I called it that. I think the Affordable Care Act substantially is a good piece of legislation that will prove to be very beneficial to the American people,” Hoyer said during a briefing with reporters. When asked why he apologized for using the term, Hoyer said: “I think it’s a pejorative, I think it’s used as a pejorative. Obama says Republicans will stop using ‘Obamacare’ as soon as it starts working.”

To be sure, Hoyer never hopped onto the “Obamacare” bandwagon since the president signed it into law more than three years ago. But Democrats, who don’t seem to be using the term as much as they did last year, have good reason to say “Affordable Care Act” instead.

Oh, how the tables have turned.


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DWS takes to House floor to outlaw “ObamaCare” utterances.

BobMbx on November 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

If the Administration was honest, they would also be calling it the EpicClusterFarkNado….

…or the Cloward / Piven implementation of fundamental change.

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Rename it clusterfcukcare…

OmahaConservative on November 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Somewhere out there is audio/video of an appearance where Mighty Pharaoh started telling the crowd that, in the not too distant future when everyone is in love with their 0bamacare, there’s no way anyone will be calling it 0bamacare.

CurtZHP on November 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Oops! I missed the link to the video posted above. Thanks, Erika!

CurtZHP on November 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

Good. Now we can talk about how un-affordable it is.

faraway on November 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

How about SyphilliusCare?
Make her the scapegoat….

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Calling it the Affordable Healthcare Act is even worse…

It’s not affordable…
It doesn’t provide any better access to healthcare…
and “Act” is all these idiots in Washington do. No wonder Hollywood and D.C. are so close. They’re in the same business.

Washington Fancy on November 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by eactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten… Has it ever occcured to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”

George Orwell…1984

dirtseller on November 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

How about EverySingleDemocratCare?

Flange on November 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The Truth as spoken June 2008

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when

- we began to provide care for the sick
- and good jobs to the jobless;
- this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;
- this was the moment when we ended a war

faraway on November 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Everytime they refer to it as the “Affordable Care Act”, they lie once again.

Bitter Clinger on November 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

But now HealthCare.gov is almost entirely scrubbed of “Obamacare”

They can’t fix it, but they can scrub it.

As always, its all about the “0″.

cozmo on November 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I’m waiting for Congress to make changes to it so we can call it the ‘Consolidated Affordable Care Act’.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The “I support obamacare” and “obamacares” bumper stickers from the 2012 election are kind of awkward now.

myrenovations on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Where did the money go?

Mimzey on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

faraway on November 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can! {pretends to faint}

Flange on November 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I like the “Super Terrific Neato Cool Act”, myself.

Axeman on November 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

It was rolled out as the ACA and the administration bristled at the term Obamacare. Then, they embraced the term. Now that so much of it has been exposed as lies, security risks, incompetence, cronyism, waste, and bad public policy…… back to ACA.

But it will die as Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The “I support obamacare” and “obamacares” bumper stickers from the 2012 election are kind of awkward now.

myrenovations on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I used to see one regularly because the car that had it was usually parked in a neighborhood near my office.
I would see others on occasion when driving.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I never saw one again. I live and work in the bluest part of Virginia.

22044 on November 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Somewhere out there is audio/video of an appearance where Mighty Pharaoh started telling the crowd that, in the not too distant future when everyone is in love with their 0bamacare, there’s no way anyone will be calling it 0bamacare.

CurtZHP on November 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

That would make a great Monty Python sketch.

Speaking of which, great news today!

Monty Python to Reunite

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Hitler’s health insurance is cancelled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USG_gjaEYak

Pork-Chop on November 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

let’s go with the German translation then…BHOfukkenkarren

DanMan on November 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The word “CARE” should be taken out completely. It in no way provides care to anyone.

I call it “0bamasurance”. Insurance. Not Care.

Insurance: just like the mobs in Chicago ‘provide ‘insurance’ to shopkeepers:

“You got a nice little place here. Be a shame if something happened to it.”

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Old and busted: Democrats defending Obamacare

New hotness: Democrats decrying “Obamacare” as a Tea Party Dog Whistle!

DWS: “It has ALWAYS been the Affordable Care Act. The ‘Obamacare’ label was an attempt to tie this legislation to the President because of his race and the negative connotations it would raise in the most extreme elements of the conservative Republican Party. What is even more disappointing to me is how easily the bulk of the media went along with this hateful approach.”

And as for the SCOAMF?

Any second now expect a STRONG pivot to … J O B S !

PolAgnostic on November 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

OK instead of calling it Obamacare how about clusterf–k? It’s more descriptive and considering the coarseness of the Dem culture they will enjoy the f bomb.

neyney on November 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

letw call it “oompahoompah”.

gerrym51 on November 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

LoL! I hadn’t read the comments when I made mine. Seems we are all on the same page. Love it!

Clusterf–k it is!

neyney on November 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Since “Affordable Care Act” is so Orwellian compared to reality, let’s call it OrwellCare, or BigBrotherCare.

Steve Z on November 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I can’t remember where I read this so can’t give credit:

The Affordable Care Act, ACA, should be called what it is –

the Can’t Afford Care Act, CACA.

timmytee on November 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Let’s rename it …

Obama-noscopy

Another landmine waiting to go off the Kneepad & GOPe-media have ‘forgotten’.

Obama-noscopy creates a national “health” database including picture ID of EVERYONE with Health Insurance which will be available online to EVERY branch of state and Federal governments.

What?

You didn’t really think it cost $ 1 billion to make system that just gathered data together and sent it to health insurance companies, did you?

PolAgnostic on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I prefer to call it Obama-DemocratCare!

fbcmusicman on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

BigBrotherCare.

Steve Z on November 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I’d make that “BigBrotherDon’tCare”.

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

How about shorten it to DemO-care, since that is what it is and what it is doing.

45ACP on November 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I prefer to call it Obama-DemocratCare!

fbcmusicman on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Maybe Obama-Demoncare. That wouldn’t rile anybody up. ;0

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Sophie calls it CostaConcordiaCare.

22044 on November 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

The word “CARE” should be taken out completely. It in no way provides care to anyone.

I call it “0bamasurance”. Insurance. Not Care.

Insurance: just like the mobs in Chicago ‘provide ‘insurance’ to shopkeepers:

“You got a nice little place here. Be a shame if something happened to it.”

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

That’s similar to what I came in here to post, although you said it better. It never was about health care, it was and always will be a racket between the White House, the insurance industry, and, because tort reform was never mentioned in the mix, you have to include lawyers in there too. It’s looting on a scale that is so large it can scarcely be comprehended.

RushBaby on November 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I prefer to call it Obama-DemocratCare!

fbcmusicman on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Truth in labeling.

That’s what every one should be calling it by now.

BigWyo on November 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Sophie calls it CostaConcordiaCare.

22044 on November 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

And, Bmore has made this useful image…

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/11/pic-of-day-uss-costaconcordiacare.html

Resist We Much on November 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

But Democrats, who don’t seem to be using the term as much as they did last year, have good reason to say “Affordable Care Act” instead.

Yes, because it’s soooooooo “Affordable”.

Chris of Rights on November 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The EpicClusterFarkNado just keeps getting better….

Between now and December 1, the technical wizards behind Healthcare.gov and Obamacare, still have to build 30-40% of the site…including the ‘minor’ functionality of a workable payment system so people can actually pay for the insurance they are buying via the exchanges.

And if that part doesn’t work – there will be a lot of people who will have very unpleasant surprises in the event they need medical treatment or visit their doctor in January.

What is done? According to Henry Chao…

…the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating the enrollment transaction — that’s 100 percent there.

…but at best, it will only work for 80% of the people who need to use it.

Does any of this lend any comfort to the information / date regarding subsidies being correct? Or being willing to trust your personal data – including payment information (when it’s built) – with HHS / CMS?

So many more shoes yet to drop with the EpicClusterFark….

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Why call it “ObamaCare” when it really should be called …

“ObamaDoesn’tCare” how much it costs you

J_Crater on November 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I think we’ll stick with Obamacrapare, thank you very little.

M240H on November 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Given all the patients being dumped from their plans, maybe just call it Michelleathcare.

Christien on November 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

RushBaby on November 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Thanks.

So few, even here, seem to actually understand that.

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Face it, were this anybody but Obama, we would not be concerned about what to call it. We would be too interested in the forthcoming impeachment hearings.

Watergate, Iran-Contra, zippergate…… all minor compared to the crimes and lies of Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Kudos to Legend and RushBaby for exposing the bloody truth about the thugs and frauds who rule the land, from both sides.

The Rs are not entirely excused.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

So when the website finally does come on line and people find it may not exactly be affordable, what shall we call it then? Sh*t Sandwich is to much of a catch all phrase, how about ?. Suggestions anyone.

DDay on November 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Too late. Obamacare is its name one way or the other.

History will decide whether its a medal or a millstone, a boon or a bust, i.e. good smart government compliment or big bad government perjorative.

Sacramento on November 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I prefer to call it Obama-DemocratCare!

fbcmusicman on November 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I prefer to call it the National Socialization of Health Care – BarkyScare, for short.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Sophie calls it CostaConcordiaCare.

This definitely has potential.

DDay on November 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig….”

Soap Mactavish on November 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Now we’re not allowed to say the “o” word

Bevan on November 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Like the Honey Badger Valerie Jarrett Barry Obama-don’t-care.

NSFW, in a funny way…

Fallon on November 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Call it “Democrats Insured Everyone!”

That’s short for “DIE!”

Christien on November 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Remember when they said we couldn’t use Obama’s middle name because it was racist or something? Good times…

Fallon on November 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig….”

Soap Mactavish on November 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Mmmmmmm – bacon…
But I don’t like lipstick on my bacon – it tastes funny….

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

http://mycancellation.com/

VinceOfDoom on November 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Where did the money go?

Mimzey on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Into the off-shore bank accounts of various FOOs.

(FOO = Friends of Obama)

Don’t pity the FOOs. They’re filthy rich now. Pity the taxpayers.

AZCoyote on November 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

They should call it the Obamacare Albatross Act.

xdwall on November 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I call it zer0care, in “honor” of zer0. (Obama was his dad’s name.)

MisterElephant on November 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

So the “O” word is the new “N” word?

Amadeus on November 19, 2013 at 3:19 PM

obummercare? obama-no-care?

jake49 on November 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Affordable Care Act

One would think the Dems wouldn’t want to call attention to “affordable” either.

CJ on November 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

If the president doesn’t want it called Obamacare, he should just change his name to Clusterfarknado.

MichaelGabriel on November 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Video of the day

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Heh, he slipped, the fool.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I don’t know, with the IPAB’s and such, why not call it The Final Solution? Or has that been taken?

lfwest on November 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM