Awhile back I posted about how President Barack Obama said he wanted to “rebrand” Obamacare, that is, the Affordable Care Act. I quoted CNS News:
He didn’t use the word “Obamacare” once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the “Affordable Care Act” seven times.
“So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed,” Obama told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
“We are going to have to, (a) fix the website so everybody feels confident about that. We’re going to have to, obviously, re-market and re-brand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”
This was a big change from how confident Obama was during the 2012 Presidential debates when he told Mitt Romney that he liked the term for the Affordable Care Act.
Now we see that it isn’t just Obama who wants to get his name off the term. According to the Washington Times,
On Thursday, at her weekly press conference, Mrs. Pelosi was asked by a reporter whether Democrats would vote with Republicans to impose new privacy safeguards in health care, and if so, whether that would be a signal Democrats are worried about the politics of the law.
“Absolutely not,” Mrs. Pelosi said. “First of all, it’s called the ‘Affordable Care Act.’ If that’s what you’re referencing, yeah, they are going after the Affordable Care Act.”
The reporter had asked about “Obamacare.” I guess he should be glad he didn’t call Pelosicare—though that it deserves her name as much as the president’s.
To my mind this reaction indicates that the Democrats know the law is bad. They realize it is beyond repair. They put on a brave face and insist that the law will eventually be fixed and loved by Americans, but they know it is going to haunt them at least until after 2016.
I think GOP politicians and pundits need to keep calling the Affordable Care Act Obamacare (or Pelosicare) so they can get the Democrats to correct them. Every time a Democrat objects to the name he tells voters that the program is harmful.