Don’t Call It Obamacare

I know lots of people and have seen many comments by people who are of the opinion that calling the health care reform “Obamacare” isn’t appropriate.  Some go as far as to say they “stop listening as soon as they hear the term ‘Obamacare.'”

Here’s the thing – We (those of us who use the term) didn’t have a name for this thing-we-call-Obamacare until after it was signed into law.  We tried to call it “HR####,” but the numbers changed as the draft changed, so that was impossible.  Then, we tried calling it ‘The Bill,’ but goodness knows there have been lots of Bills in the history of our country, and new Bills after this one, so that didn’t work.  Calling it “The Health Care Reform Bill/Act” was just too big of a mouthful to make a concise point, not to mention how many people use ‘healthcare’ vs. ‘health care’ when they write stuff just made it even harder to research.  (By the way, ‘healthcare’ is Canadian/UK English and ‘health care’ is considered American English.  I’m an American, so you’ll see me use ‘health care,’ but the Canadians on our team are still trying to kick their one-word habbit.)  Before PPACA came along as a name for thing-we-call-Obamacare, everyone had already started using the term ‘Obamacare’ and it just kind of stuck.

Montana is know experiencing the turmoil surrounding the term ‘Obamacare’ because it was used on a new Bill.  I would think that for an official document, the real name ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ would be more appropriate than Obamacare, simply because ‘Obamacare’ is a nick-name, but the Senator has a good point:

Priest said that he uses the term, “without any disrespect to the President or to anybody who might like the bill…because that’s how it’s known and it’s easy, and it was a signature achievement of his administration.”

Here is the full story, since it is so short.  From kxlf.com:

Term ‘Obamacare’ stirs controversy in Montana Senate

by Marnee Banks (Helena)

There has been some heated discussion over the term “Obamacare” being used in the Montana Legislature.

On Wednesday morning, Senator Jason Priest (R-Red Lodge) brought his health reform bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Priest noted that the official title of last year’s federal healthcare reform law is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but he said that he will refer to it as “Obamacare.”

Priest said that he uses the term, “without any disrespect to the President or to anybody who might like the bill…because that’s how it’s known and it’s easy, and it was a signature achievement of his administration.”

Senator Anders Blewett (D-Great Falls) objected.

“We don’t call the Iraqi war ‘Bush’s War’, and by that same reasoning, I don’t think it’s appropriate to call this ‘Obamacare’,” Blewett said.

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