• Why I don’t use Obamacare, Romneycare, and Clintoncare

    Patrick Appel asks:

    Why is Obamacare so offensive to some liberals?

    Well, I can’t answer for “some liberals”, but I can answer for myself.  There’s a general reason, and a specific one.  First the general reason.

    Not to get all Sorkin, but I don’t use “Obamacare” because I don’t use “Obama”.  It’s “President Obama”.  And that’s not a partisan affectation.  It’s also “Senator Grassley”, “Rep. Boehner”, “Rep. Cantor”, and so on.  It may be old-fashioned, but that’s the way I do things here.  Respect the office.

    The more specific reason I don’t use “Obamacare” is that it implies that the law is the work of one man.  It wasn’t passed by fiat.  It was created by three committees in the House, two more in the Senate, was voted on by a majority of Representatives and a heck of a lot of Senators before being altered in reconciliation.  Then it was signed by the President.  President Obama neither gets all the blame nor all the credit.  It’s not his and his alone.  It’s the Affordable Care Act, the ACA, or the PPACA.

    Yes, it “gets tiresome” to write that out every time, but it helps to respect the office and the players.  So I take the time.

    • My reason, and it isn’t a liberal one, is that my opinion(s) of Obama is (are) different than of the ACA. Same goes for other laws passed by other presidents. I wouldn’t call the MMA Bushcare either even if others did (which they don’t).

    • Even the names of our laws have become a battleground in the message war. After all, is affordability really something you can mandate through legislation? (See also, death tax.)

      PS – In this post (http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/court-cases-this-week/) you use the phrase “Bush tax breaks”.

    • @Jeremy R. Shown

      You’re right. I fixed it.

    • I call it PPACA, for the same reason you do. I cringe when I hear someone refer to it as “Obamacare,” and am dismayed at the number of people (especially on television) who refer to the President (any President) by last name only.

    • After all, is affordability really something you can mandate through legislation? (See also, death tax.)

      Um, yes? Congress could enact strict price controls of health insurance policies if it wanted to. Of course, the PPACA did nothing of the sort.

    • Dr. Carroll,

      Actually, I thought the bill was written in the Speaker’s office then passed to the committees, so I disagree. My Hill insiders said that it Pelosi’s office not the committees (I actually have not seen it reported that the committee’s wrote the bill) that wrote the bill. In fact, it has been a continuous debate with every Speaker of where the power should lie. Most Speakers and Politicians have put the power of bill writing with their staff.

      Future Speaker Boehner is said to be firmly on the side of Committee writing, which is a improvement

      The names I use are PPACA and HCERA

    • I recently gave a talk on health care to an African American audience, repeatedly referring to the President as Mr. Obama, intending respect as I did. At the end I was gently but firmly advised that failure to refer to the President as President Obama was distinctly offensive to my audience.

    • @Aaron G

      Who put pen to paper is irrelevant. It was edited, voted on. and approved by three House Committees, and they have a claim as well.

    • A point of fact: It is proper to address, not only the sitting president, but all previous presidents as “President….”.

      The same is so for senators, speakers, representatives, etc…