Obama: Healthcare Law Won't be Called Obamacare For Long

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:24 PM

By Jason Devaney

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What will the Affordable Care Act be called in five years? Not Obamacare, according to the man whose name it carries.

"First of all, in five years it will no longer be called Obamacare, because when something is working, they’re definitely not going to — there will be a whole renaming process similar to National," Obama said at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Maryland Monday night, according to The Washington Post.

"I don’t know if it will be 'Reagancare,' but it will definitely be — it will be something different."

Obama was referring to Reagan National Airport across the Potomac River in Arlington, Va., which was previously called Washington National Airport before having its name changed in 1998.

The Obama administration remained firm on calling the healthcare law by its real name, the Affordable Care Act, despite critics sticking the "Obamacare" label on it. But after a while, as more and more people began referring to the law by its unofficial name, the White House embraced the term and tried to use it to its advantage.

In 2012, two years after it was passed, Obama's campaign staff tweeted about the law from the president's handle and used its adopted name:



Another tweet appeared on the account later that day:



A week before the tweets appeared, Obama himself referred to the law by its "other" name.

"Change is, yes, healthcare reform," Obama said at a fundraiser, according to ABC News.

"You want to call it Obamacare — that’s OK, because I do care.

"That’s why we passed it. That is why we passed it — because I care about folks who were going bankrupt because they were getting sick. And I care about children who have preexisting conditions and their families couldn't get them any kind of insurance. And so now we've got reforms that will ensure that in this great country of ours you won't have to mortgage your house just because you get sick."

"On Obamacare, Republicans spent hundreds of millions branding Obamacare as a negative, and we believe we can turn that to our advantage," Obama campaign spokesperson Stephanie Cutter told The Post in 2012.

"The term is incredibly popular with the president's supporters, who will fight to the end to defend the law after 70 years of work to pass health reform."

A CNN poll last year showed that people were more likely to oppose the healthcare law when they were asked whether or not they supported "Obamacare." When the phrasing was changed to "Affordable Care Act" for a different survey group, less people were opposed to it.

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