President Obama is finally beginning to own the word “Obamacare and he is ripping the word straight out of the clutching hands of Republicans, who have used it as a divisive measure ever since the President proposed his Affordable Healthcare Plan back in 2009.
Until recently, any mention of the word “Obamacare” conjured up memories of town-hall brawls and misspelt Teaparty signs accusing the President of being a “communist socialist” who is setting up death panels and placing the government between you and your doctor. But as Americans realized that Republicans were intentionally lying about the law and its benefits, they too are referring to the word as a term of endearment.
And so is the President.
Yesterday at his most recent campaign stop in Colorado, Mr. Obama was heard saying; ”The Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare,” as the audience applauded at the University of Denver. ”I actually like the name,” he added. “Because I do care — that’s why we fought so hard to make it happen.”
Although the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare, Congressional Republicans are on a mission to repeal the bill. They have already held 33 failed attempts to void Mr. Obama’s healthcare law and the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has sided with his base and is promising to repeal the law if he becomes president… although he passed the same law in Massachusetts as governor.
And as more benefits for the American people continue to materialized, Republicans will come to terms with the fact that repealing the law will be equivalent to political suicide.