Is ‘Obamacare’ a disparaging word?

In a debate today over a Republican amendment to defund last year’s legislation to overhaul health care, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, attempted to interrupt U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger – over his use of the word “Obamacare.”

From a video issued by Graves’ office:

Afterwards, Schultz pointed out that House rules forbid personal invectives against the chief occupant of the White House. As for “Obamacare,” she said:

”That is a disparaging reference to the president of the United States. It’s meant as a disparaging reference to the president of the United States. It is clearly against the House rules against that.”

I’m guessing this topic could tempt some of you to use intemperate language. Please resist.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Last Man Standing

February 18th, 2011
3:09 pm

If the truth is “disparaging”, I guess the woman is correct. We need many more “disparaging” remarks in the battle to repeal this socialistic, ill-conceived idiocy of a health care plan.

findog

February 18th, 2011
3:17 pm

Last Man,
First have the house change the rules so they can use their campaign rhetoric during debates.
After all the United States was founded as a nation of laws, not man, and as a constitutional conservative I would hope we could at least abide by some of the original intent of the founding fathers.
Two wrongs still will not make a right

Joe

February 18th, 2011
3:19 pm

I can’t speak to the House rules, but yes, “ObamaCare” is used almost exclusively by those who oppose President Obama to convey a representation of the health care law as government takeover of some kind and to portray contempt for both the President and the reform package.

The word itself is a direct descendant of the word “HillaryCare”, a Frank-Luntz-focus-group-tested word specifically employed to reduce support for the Clinton health care proposal in the 90’s (remember that Luntz is the same guy who told Republicans that they could reduce support for the estate/inheritance tax by calling is a “death tax”).

In short, when Wasserman Schultz says that “ObamaCare” is meant as a disparaging reference to the president of the United States…she’s right.

victoria_29

February 18th, 2011
3:23 pm

i agree that obamacare signals contempt, that is pretty accurate description of how most Americans feel about obamacare so your point is?

jtom

February 18th, 2011
3:30 pm

And Obamacare differs from Bush’s War, how?

xdog

February 18th, 2011
3:36 pm

Call it KenyaCare. That’ll satisfy both House rules and the GOPers’ cravings for charged rhetoric.

KGLNYC

February 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

@jtom: The intent behind so-called “Obamacare” (more accurately described as health-care reform legislation) was to protect the most vulnerable and shore up our national health-care system through rational democratic measures. The intent behind Bush’s war was to kill and maim thousands of vulnerable Iraqis while profiting a very few through irrational autocratic measures (i.e. Blackwater, Halliburton). Get the red out of your eyes and you’d see the difference.

KDAWG

February 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

And Obamacare differs from Bush’s War, how?———–You’re an idiot. Your welcome for no terrorist attacks since 9/11 and removing an evil mass killing dictator. Better question, how about the FAILED Stimulus bill?

GaBlue

February 18th, 2011
3:42 pm

If you are a person of integrity, and you can speak to people in a respectful manner, make sense, and back up your assertions with facts, then you aren’t forced to invent disparaging pronouns, or resort to petty name calling, hyperbole, and fear tactics in order to get the five minutes of attention you think you deserve. Just sayin’.

Nancy Pelosi's Sister

February 18th, 2011
3:43 pm

Enter your comments here

Awkward

February 18th, 2011
3:46 pm

Come on, just call it MuslimKenyaCare and get it over with! Give those Pubs some red meat with their kool aid.

Douglas

February 18th, 2011
3:47 pm

If you Google “Obamacare,”your first option is the White Houses’ page on the Health Care Bill. The Administration has embraced that term, just likt he GOP embraced Obama’s snide “Party of NO” montra. So if the White House uses it, I guess it’s okay.

deegee

February 18th, 2011
3:47 pm

Yes, the term “Obamacare” is used disparagingly. No, the majority of people in the country do not oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Polling is pretty much split down the middle and rising in favor of the legislation.

Maxine

February 18th, 2011
3:55 pm

I wonder how many times the Bush Tax Cuts have been debatedon the floor.

findog

February 18th, 2011
3:56 pm

KDAWG, no terrorist attacks?
Are you talking about where you live or the US?
I’ll assume you were not one of the few that went overseas to stop them before they came here…

Southside Shawty

February 18th, 2011
4:00 pm

KDAWG, what exactly did Iraq have to do with 9/11? And if the goal was to kill evil dictators, Bush should’ve started in N. Korea.

light on policy

February 18th, 2011
4:03 pm

@ Ga Blue…Great comments!!!

Read the “disparaging” comments of last man and others on here and you will note that after 200+ comments there will be no concrete solutions offered just more ad hominem attacks toward our democratically-elected President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama

Brian

February 18th, 2011
4:06 pm

Last Man Standing once again proves through his ignorance that he should change his name to “Last Moron Left in the Room”.

Heavens to Murgatroid

February 18th, 2011
4:12 pm

as it stands it is a ploy to move money out of the pockets of americans into the pockets of insurance company executives. Insurance companies exist to make profits for share holders they do not exist to give you healthcare. What a joke.

Repeal yet another device of theft. And since Mr. Obama pushed it through I don’t see why calling a rose by its name is a problem. The poor won’t be able to afford care after paying premiums. They will be left unable to pay co-pays and their portion of procedures even more so than if they had not paid for the privilege of insurance companies “managing” their money.

Healthcare – yes, insurance company middle man who offer NO value to the transaction – NO.

Last Man Standing

February 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

Joe:

” yes, “ObamaCare” is used almost exclusively by those who oppose President Obama to convey a representation of the health care law as government takeover of some kind and to portray contempt for both the President and the reform package.”

I’m sure there is not sufficient space here to adequately express my contempt for Obama, much less his socialistic health care “reform” bill.

Fat Lip

February 18th, 2011
4:16 pm

Just name it after Barry’s squeeze. ChewbaccaCare.

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stubioge

February 18th, 2011
4:18 pm

@ KGLNYC – but the healthcare reform bill doesn’t cover that many additional Americans, doesn’t cover most pre-existing conditions, forces young healthy people who don’t want to pay for health care to do it or pay a tax/penalty/whatever you want to call it, is specifically designed to hurt insurance companies (part of our healthcare system) and was almost passed by deem-and-pass and eventually was done via reconciliation – which is not quite what I consider rational or democratic.

Last Man Standing

February 18th, 2011
4:22 pm

Brian

February 18th, 2011
4:06 pm
Last Man Standing once again proves through his ignorance that he should change his name to “Last Moron Left in the Room”.

If you are a person of integrity, and you can speak to people in a respectful manner, make sense, and back up your assertions with facts, then you aren’t forced to invent disparaging pronouns, or resort to petty name calling, hyperbole, and fear tactics in order to get the five minutes of attention you think you deserve.

Ryan Shakur

February 18th, 2011
4:52 pm

Stop calling it Obamacare. Because if it were truly that, than we would have a public option sponsored by the Feds. And me personally: I’m love to pay less than the $350 i’m shelling out for my kids alone.

Ryan Shakur

February 18th, 2011
4:53 pm

Pardon the horrible grammatics. Have a good one Atlanta.

Bill Orvis White

February 18th, 2011
4:56 pm

Tell that lap dog from Florida to shut up. She’s a disrespectful secular progressive who doesn’t care about the taxpayer. There’s nothing wrong with using the term “Obamacare.” It’s called free speech, you stuck-on-stupid Godless Socialist-Democrat. Obamacare is an accurate description because it logically explains who the author is of this Socialist law that was rammed down our throats.

Who elected this loud-mouth idiot from Florida? Whoever voted for her has to be more brain dead than Hairy Reid.

I need some cherry pie and sweet tea.

Amen,
Bill

Ric

February 18th, 2011
5:08 pm

This legislation was a major centerpiece in Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and he spent more time pushing the healthcare overhaul than any other piece of legislation during his first two years in office. I think it’s only fair to identify him with his healthcare bill.
If “Obamacare” is a disparaging term, it it only disparaging to the bill itself, not the president.

FarmerRob

February 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

The legislation known as Obamacare is an absolute horror for our country. It does not fix the problems it was claimed to–and was so “Pork” filled that it oinks. This slab of junk needs to be completely repealed and totally reworked and replaced. And this time maybe our elected representatives and senators will actually read the bill before they vote for it. Then they could vote to eliminate the pork provisions. Until then the House needs to de-fund Obamacare entirely.

Here is a quick clip of a couple of junior senators discussing earmarks and spending public funds.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9D8qGnUVUs&feature=related

Dick

February 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

By any other name would smell as sweet; Obamacare’s high risk pool has already been a lifesaver. While partisans continue their games, most just for sport, people who would have died otherwise, are receiving life saving treatment. And, yes, those folks who have already signed up are paying their own way, for the most part, and it is not easy. $700 plus a month, per person, before paying the $1000, is a lot to pay. But, no complaints here, I am alive!

RGB

February 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

Amen to Bill Orvis White and Last Man Standing.

You are oaks.

Keep the faith my brothers.

RGB

February 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

If they called it “LexusCare” or “MercedesCare” or even “CadillacCare”, people would understand that these terms imbue the concept of quality because these brands, to varying degrees, mean quality.

The Obama brand, in contrast, means spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much. The Obama brand is the antithesis of quality–which explains why the apologists for ObamaCare object to the word “Obama” comprising half of their health “care” legislation.

The name “Obama” will eventually be akin to the name “Mudd” as in “his name is mud.”

Centrist

February 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

It was twice before referred to as “Hillarycare” when both Bill Clinton tried it and failed, and when Hillary was campaigning for the presidency.

President Obama is proud of the plan, and shouldn’t have any problem with it being labeled with his name.

Bob Andrews

February 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

Jim, Your liberal ideas are showing again. There is very little balance in your comments.

ObamaCare is a terrible thing that must be eradicated!

double

February 18th, 2011
7:58 pm

I think we should show respect for the President our choice or not.I can’t follow KDAWG so I will guess he needs to search April Glaspie.

Rafe Hollister

February 18th, 2011
8:04 pm

I call it the Non Affordable Healthcare Rationing Bill. The only thing offensive about Obamacare is the 2000 page bill authorizing it. Hopefully it will be declared unconstitutional and we can then call it, Barry’s folly.

Tom Swanson

February 18th, 2011
8:49 pm

“ObamaCare” is definitely a slur. You need look no further than this comments section for proof.

The Centrist

February 18th, 2011
9:01 pm

The same folks who either have a speak impediment or have intellectual problems by saying “Democrat Party” are the same ones who use the catch phrase “Obamacare.” These are the same folks who decided that to inject the “Death Panel” silliness instead of having an honest debate about the rising cost of heathcare. These are the same ones who can not relate that rising healthcare costs is due to the lack of preventive medicine as the central issue associated with the US budget deficit, but want to keep the current system of reactionary and true wasteful spending.

SawBe

February 18th, 2011
9:21 pm

Progressives have been fast and quick to slander everyone they disagree with and then whine like babies at a connection between Obama and his signature health care bill. Obamacare is a name that is here to stay and is far, far milder than the language of the left.

martin

February 18th, 2011
10:33 pm

Progressive.. Socialism… Obamacare – the new dirty words. Have any of these name callers ever visted a progressive, socialist country with Obama-like care? ( i.e. Germany or France or even Canada) Of course not. The quality of life in these places far exceeds the good ole USA in every measurable way- lifespan, attitudes about life, days of paid vacations- you name it. Xenophobia will lead to our final demise.

trax

February 18th, 2011
10:41 pm

ObamaCare = disparaging word

HealthCare = HealthCare

Who’s fault is it when Obama’s name makes things stink?

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The Thin Guy

February 18th, 2011
11:11 pm

Call it what it is, Marxist Medicine. If the US had a president, I’d respect him or her. I’ve flushed things down a commode I had a higher opinion of than the tyrannical twit who is enslaving us and destroying our country.

double

February 19th, 2011
1:05 am

Must be greatest president in all,to enslave us.destroy our country in short time.Why be so dense?He alone can’t do much.He inherited the mess we have. We were in pretty good shape when Bush senior took office.Between the two Bushes our country has gone to H—I agree the health care program is a failure,.So are the three wars.

captguitarman

February 19th, 2011
2:23 am

Is the term “Bush Tax Cuts” a disparaging term? The Dems used it that way any where and every where — even on the House and Senate floors. And, Queen Nancy even tried to hijack the term and change it to the “Obama Tax Cuts” but as was the case with her entire Speakership, she failed miserably — to do the will of the American people she represented. She did a great job getting her own personal agenda adopted – and lots of work to do now to de-rail the disasterous results of her reign. Could there possibly be a “double standard” involved here since Obamacare is verbotten, but Bush Tax Cuts was okay? . . . . Like duh? Do ya think?

Bob in Suwanee

February 19th, 2011
5:03 am

I prefer the term unconstitutional myself…

CH@

February 19th, 2011
5:25 am

For all of you Obama haters… seems to me you guys wouldn’t be in what you assume is your present predicament if Mr. Bush hadn’t stolen an election in 2000 with his brother’s help. Do the math, and fast forward 10 years!! You got what you asked for.(Per Newton’s Law: for every reaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and there will be another equal and opposite reaction if Obamacare is overthrown).

justdistraction

February 19th, 2011
6:51 am

Health care cost so much because? We have no alternative? Wasn’t this the reason behind “Obamacare”? Not getting something for nothing or making someone else pay for others?

justdistraction

February 19th, 2011
6:53 am

How are health cost determined? Anybody know? I would like to know.