Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House Minority Whip, regrets he has used the moniker "Obamacare" to reference President Barack Obama's signature healthcare program, according to McClatchy Newspapers
"Yeah, I wish I hadn't called it 'Obamacare' before, because that has politicized it and has been used by Republicans as a pejorative term," Hoyer said.
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The White House decided to embrace 'Obamacare' rather than fight it even encouraging supporters to use the Twitter hashtag "#ilikeobamacare."
"You want to call it 'Obamacare' — that's okay, because I do care," the president declared at an Atlanta fundraiser in 2012. He also told a University of Denver audience that same year, "I actually like the name. Because I do care — that's why we fought so hard to make it happen."
According to the Washington Times
, Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday, "The Affordable Care Act is the Affordable Care Act" and a fundamentally positive development for Americans.
"You know what Obama says, though, which I think is correct?" Hoyer remarked. "He says it's going to be called by the Republicans — Obamacare — right up until the time it works."
The term "Obamacare" was probably first used publicly in March 2007 by Jeanne Schulte Scott in the trade magazine Healthcare Financial Management
, according to The Wire
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