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ObamaCare By Any Other Name

posted at 11:09 am on May 26, 2010 by

Why are liberals suddenly objecting to the name “ObamaCare,” forcefully enough to compel Jake Tapper to apologize for using the term?  As Allahpundit noted, it’s supposed to be the crowning achievement of the Obama presidency – and, indeed, the modern Democrat Party.  He should be proud to have it named after him.

The most obvious explanation is that liberals realize the ObamaCare program is deeply unpopular, a situation likely to get worse as more of the program kicks in, splattering more Easter Eggs of unforeseen consequence across the face of an increasingly angry electorate.  As the President’s approval ratings plummet, his dwindling band of supporters are understandably nervous about hanging a widely reviled law around his neck… especially since it’s still damp from being shoved down America’s throat.

The sloppy craftsmanship and outrageous over-reach of ObamaCare make it a “magic eye” portrait of an incompetent president and party.  As you stare at the countless little fraudulent cost estimates, unplanned side effects, and economy-killing mandates, a 3-D image of an upraised middle finger materializes.  This is a deadly narrative for a Democrat Party that claims its handful of legislators and bureaucrats can run our massive economy better than millions of private citizens.  Americans are understandably angry at a Democrat Congress which rammed through a trillion-dollar health-care takeover, but can’t produce a coherent annual budget.

There is also the matter of shaping public opinion about that health-care takeover.  When liberals describe “ObamaCare” as a pejorative, they’re worried about belittling the program, not the President.  This is supposed to be a mighty Health Care Reform Act, bringing compassion and order to the heartless and chaotic world of health insurance.  The public is not supposed to see it as a vanity project, an epic legislative poem celebrating the glory of a mighty emperor.  They’re certainly not supposed to see it as a catastrophic example of greed and arrogance, forever tied to a man who had no qualifications for the office he held, let alone the offices he wanted to subjugate.

I think that leads us to the more subtle reason why “ObamaCare” is suddenly considered an insult, instead of two great words becoming even more awesome together.  Deliberately or subconsciously, the Left is already looking forward to the post-Obama era, and beginning the process of gently airbrushing certain aspects of his tenure from public memory.

Unless the Republicans rise to meet my expectations, and lead a successful repeal effort from 2010 through 2012, ObamaCare will be around for years after the man himself is gone.  I say “years” instead of decades, because I don’t think the system infested by ObamaCare has “decades” left before it collapses entirely.  One way or the other, ObamaCare will be gone before your kids are finished paying for it.

The Left can hardly afford to have the ghost of a failed President haunting the endless halls of its massive new health-care bureaucracy.  They wouldn’t have wanted the Department of Education to be named after Jimmy Carter, either.  These gigantic government programs are meant to be eternal fixtures of public life, far more powerful than the Constitution violated by their birth.

The Left dreams of rendering the Second Amendment null and void, if they can amass sufficient political capital.  The First Amendment could be hammered into a donut, with inconvenient bloggers and talk radio hosts thrown down the hole at its center.  There are sanctuary cities where immigration law can be flouted with impunity.  No one will be allowed to evade ObamaCare, except the ruling class it was never meant to inconvenience.  As its failures become more evident, its survival may depend on its grandeur.  We can’t very well have future generations thinking it was one man’s horrible mistake, which they might be able to correct.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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Deliberately or subconsciously, the Left is already looking forward to the post-Obama era, and beginning the process of gently airbrushing certain aspects of his tenure from public memory.

Yep, but think about this: Think how many years it took to churn the electorate to where a plurality of voters, if not a majority, were not old enough to remember the Carter years, outside of Mom and Dad taking them to see Star Wars. And this is with the ponybald hippies still in positions of power with regard to shaping the cultural narrative.

30 years or more from now, there won’t be a living Woodstock participant outside a nursing home. The narrative is already turning against the Left, and measures of the cultural attitudes of younger generations find them much more conservative/libertarian than previous generations. People cite their comfort with gays, but this is really a reflection of a libertarian orientation, inclined to leave people alone who are leaving them at peace.

They managed to block off the bad memories of Carter, but I think the bad taste 0bama will leave in their mouths will prove a bit harder to wash out.

Sekhmet on May 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Just call it: National Socialist Healthcare, maybe they’ll prefer to go back to Obamacare.

Chip on May 26, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Dead on. But this is just par for the course of the Spin Modeling Culture of our current media and leadership.

A developing baby in the womb became a ‘fetus’, dehumanizing it, making it more palpable to dispose of. Veterans returning from VN became ‘baby killers’, again dehumanizing, more easily slurred and damned. More interesting lately is the attempt to re-brand illegal aliens into some ‘unregistered entrant’ category. Nice ‘em up a bit.

Obamacare by any other name will not get BarryO re-elected. It won’t change the impending doom of health care choice, deficits, reduced R&D, but it will only be an attempt to continue as they have for many years in putting lipstick on a pig.

Robert17 on May 26, 2010 at 7:22 PM

The public is not supposed to see it as a vanity project, an epic legislative poem celebrating the glory of a mighty emperor. They’re

That’s pretty much it. Well put as always, Dr. Zero.

“Obamacare” plays into the right’s hysterical rhetoric, it suggests that Obama wrote the bill alone (he didn’t write any of it, of course) and it implies that he summarily pushed it through without the normal democratic processes (he didn’t). It also implies that it was passed solely for his own political benefit, rather than for the benefit of all Americans.

How did you like it when the left called Iraq, “Bush’s war”?

Exactly.

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Ok. They don’t want it called Obamacare.

How’s about HusseinHealth?

BarryBandAid?

No matter what it is called it stinks like the turd it is.

Now that the Democrats have managed to pass this turd into law it must be hung around the neck of everyone who signed onto it.

Forever.

Never forgive. Never foget.

I want the administration and it’s un-indicted co-conspirators in Congress to see this as the end of their political careers.

Hyunchback on May 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Now Obama is hot on health care
He’s made it his personal affair
National Socialist the country will be
As he goosed-stepped all over the Constitution, said he
‘cause you see, if it brings more power to me
Then the misery it brings, is something you must all just grin and bare

Cheshire Cat on May 26, 2010 at 9:39 PM

The sloppy craftsmanship and outrageous over-reach of ObamaCare make it a “magic eye” portrait of an incompetent president and party.

Herr Doctor Victor Frankenstein took more care in putting together his monster than Herr Doctor Victor Obamastein has in putting together his ObamasteinCare monster.

Tav on May 26, 2010 at 9:44 PM

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Obama lied, Grandma died.

DWB on May 26, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Loved this post Dr. Zero!

Norbitz on May 26, 2010 at 11:28 PM

very much approve of your use of the term: ‘Democrat Party’.
shades of W
i really miss that guy

Undertaker on May 26, 2010 at 11:46 PM

We can just call it “unconstitutional”, “unread”, “stupid”, or “headfake”.

Inanemergencydial on May 27, 2010 at 12:02 AM

The sloppy craftsmanship and outrageous over-reach of ObamaCare make it a “magic eye” portrait of an incompetent president and party. As you stare at the countless little fraudulent cost estimates, unplanned side effects, and economy-killing mandates, a 3-D image of an upraised middle finger materializes.

^awesome!

das411 on May 27, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Socialist
Healthcare
Is
Terrific!

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM

I don’t often disagree with you, Doc, but

one man’s horrible mistake

is a horrible misrepresentation of the truth of how many people thought this seemed like a great idea…

DrRansom on May 27, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Dr. 0: There is also the matter of shaping public opinion about that health-care takeover.”

Here’s a little something to shape public opinion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRgB2eeHZEw&feature=PlayList&p=60A4A2A8A4ADCE77&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=40

Lockstein13 on May 27, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Perhaps it should be called Reid care. It’s his solid waste from the South end of a North facing fertile male bovine.

{^_^}

herself on May 27, 2010 at 1:12 AM

I don’t often disagree with you, Doc, but

one man’s horrible mistake

is a horrible misrepresentation of the truth of how many people thought this seemed like a great idea…

DrRansom on May 27, 2010 at 12:49 AM

I don’t think that is what Dr. Zero is saying here. He is not saying that Obamacare is one man’s horrible mistake; I believe his point is that Democrats don’t want that to become the prevailing narrative.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Democrats are already “spinning” this failure…and trying to hang the whole thing on Obama rather than themselves. They will attempt to rewrite history so that their fingerprints are erased from this monumental disaster. Next they will try to blame Republicans, doctors, patients, etc: using their traditional tactics of inciting hate for every identifiable opposition group they can.

Democrats think they can do this because they successfully convinced most people (by rewriting history) that it was Democrats which brought about Civil Rights…when in fact Republicans rammed the Civil Rights act through against fierce opposition by Democrats.

It is up to the elders of society to make sure that the same mistake: that is, letting Democrats run both the White House and Congress, is never repeated again. We now have TWO instances where this led to financial disaster for the country: Jimmy Carter and his double-digit interest rates (remember 22% mortgage rates???), and now Obama and his disasterous spending spree…which will ultimately lead once again to hyperinflation and double-digit interest rates.

We can only recover when our society finally learnw:

1. That Keynesian economics is a FAILED theory which has demonstrated itself to be WRONG each and every time it has been used. The Keynesians are the full equivalent of the “Flat Earthers” after Columbus proved them wrong.

2. That static analyses of budget changes and tax changes are total BUNK: they NEVER come up with the right answer, and often even fail to indicate the DIRECTION of the financial impacts?

3. That Democrats cannot be trusted to run anything. Left to themselves, they will always steal every last dime they can get their hands on and waste it on foolishness which enriches a very few of their friends but does tremendous harm to society as a whole. The Left is totally unable to distinguish between friends and enemies or fantasy and reality: thus they always make the country weaker and more vulnerable.

But the citizens are NOT groups of sheep waiting to be sheared…and vastly improved modern communications and the Internet help the population to more quickly and easily get advance warning of mischief and develop abuse avoidance strategies which thwart attempts by governments and politicians to pick their pockets and otherwise harm them.

The efficient spreading of truth will ultimately destroy the Left.

landlines on May 27, 2010 at 1:41 AM

“Obama wrote the bill alone (he didn’t write any of it, of course) Obamacare” plays into the right’s hysterical rhetoric, it suggests that

He was certainly the main cheerleader and driving force behind the bill. Should we count up the number of addresses, speeches, television programs, interviews, etc. he did in support of the reform legislation?

He directly tied in own political fortune in with the success of the bill. He owns it. Period. And thus it’s reasonable to call it ObamaCare.

and it implies that he summarily pushed it through without the normal democratic processes (he didn’t).

I don’t see why it would imply that, but if you want to create a strawman and then knock the strawman over, be my guest.

It also implies that it was passed solely for his own political benefit, rather than for the benefit of all Americans.

Not solely, but only a fool would deny that one of the driving forces behind the bill’s passage in its last few months was the argument (put forth by Bill Clinton in public and Obama privately) was that unless something was passed, the Dems would get absolutely killed in November. Having put all of that effort into the bill, the Dems felt that politically they had to pass it, regardless of its numerous flaws. That point is beyond serious dispute.

How did you like it when the left called Iraq, “Bush’s war”?

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Didn’t bother me one damn bit.

PackerBronco on May 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM

It is and will forever be Obama-care, under which the elderly will be treated as mere senile tissue, who must be put away in an Obama Wellness Transition Center, aka death camps for the old.

Dhuka on May 27, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Doctor Zero is the Master of Articulation
The Maestro of Enunciation
His words will be to Americans an inspiration
And are exquisitely well crafted to increase the Obama Regimes perspiration!

Cheshire Cat on May 27, 2010 at 2:51 AM

How did you like it when the left called Iraq, “Bush’s war”?

Exactly.

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Bush’s war? Didn’t bother me a bit. Now sonny, explain to me why Iran having a nuke is okey-dokey with you. There is only one reason that Saddam Hussein is dead and Iraq does not have a nuke today: U.S. Military Intervention.

Suck on that one, dipsh!t.

BigAlSouth on May 27, 2010 at 7:14 AM

“Obamacare” plays into the right’s hysterical rhetoric, it suggests that Obama wrote the bill alone (he didn’t write any of it, of course) and it implies that he summarily pushed it through without the normal democratic processes (he didn’t). It also implies that it was passed solely for his own political benefit, rather than for the benefit of all Americans.

How did you like it when the left called Iraq, “Bush’s war”?

Exactly.

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Right, Obama had nothing to do with it. Just ask Bart Stupak!

You’ve got a good point about the “Bush’s War” comparison, since no Democrats voted to authorize it. Oh, wait, almost all of them did? Well, in that case, you just sound ignorant.

You’re not really very good at this trolling thing. Here’s a bit of advice: pause for a brief moment to consider how those who disagree might tear your arguments to shreds, then take the extra step to strengthen those arguments pre-emptively.

You usually come off in these comments forums as someone barely aware of reality, as if you’ve just arrived from another planet and learned everything you know about Earth from reading the Daily Kos for ten minutes. Studying a topic more thoroughly, and making the effort to see the other side’s perspective – even if you strenuously disagree with it – is a lot more work than lobbing meaningless little insults into a comment forum, but it’s ultimately more rewarding.

You write coherently enough to suggest you have the proper habits of mind to do better, so I suspect your problem is mostly a question of laziness. Try harder.

Doctor Zero on May 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I don’t think that is what Dr. Zero is saying here. He is not saying that Obamacare is one man’s horrible mistake; I believe his point is that Democrats don’t want that to become the prevailing narrative.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Precisely! I would also add that the Democrats are canny enough to understand that they can’t evade collective responsibility for the health-care debacle by blaming it entirely on Obama – no party can divorce itself from its President, at least not quickly. That’s why they’re not going to encourage the “ObamaCare” meme as a form of self-defense. It takes a decade to successfully stuff a President from your own party under the bus.

Doctor Zero on May 27, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Doctor Zero @ 9:22 AM

Excellent troll-neutering.

GGMac on May 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM

…. and it implies that he summarily pushed it through without the normal democratic processes (he didn’t). ….

crr6 on May 26, 2010 at 9:33 PM

In January the state of Massachusetts sent a republican into the senate, precluding the 60 seat majority for the democrats. If the democratic party cared about representative government, they would have taken heed of that and slowed down. They didn’t. They lifted the finger to the state of Massachusetts and they pushed this through. That’s essentially what they did. Obama is the recognized leader of the democratic party and he owns this. There’s nothing hysterical about that.

tartan on May 29, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Obama is the recognized leader of the democratic party and he owns this.

The buck stops here over there somewhere. He’s the President, after all. Can’t have him taking responsibility for his signature legislation that he spent over a year bragging/threatening to the American public was the greatest single piece of legislation in human history that would simultaneously overload a system that is already overloaded while ‘lowering costs’ or something.

He owns it.

It’s his FOR EV ER.

FOR EV ER.

FOR EV ER.

Good Lt on June 1, 2010 at 10:25 AM


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