Do you know what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act are? Well if you don't - which you probably should - they are two separate pieces of legislation passed by Congress which make up the foundation for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. I have always found the term Obamacare as a bit demeaning. Especially for a bill that would vastly change the broken healthcare system in America. As in the one that insurance companies had complete control over their clients and could deny coverage based on preexisting conditions. But that's neither here nor there. Obamacare sounds as if President Obama solely created this bill, and not thousands of professionals in the health field along with hundreds of elected officials in the House of Representatives and Senate. So with that being said, should the term Obamacare continued to be used by the media?
A first thought to that question would be, who cares? It doesn't matter what we call it since it is what it is. Respectable media outlets like the New York Times have heavily used it and said they will continue to use it. Even the Obama Administration itself has used it multiple times so what's the fuss about?
As we all know, names are everything. Firstly, the term Obamacare was coined by conservative opponents of the bill. Which is not a problem, however, because that is something expected to be done and has been done throughout our nation's history. It's an understandable attempt to shift the narrative from look how this bill could make healthcare affordable for all citizens to this is something done by President Obama, and opponents of him will never forget that because his name is front and center. It is a sole political move for President Obama and his administration to use the term. It's something they had to do or it would like they were running from it, so instead, they owned it and made it their own. But that still does not give the media the right to freely use the term.