Obamacare or Not Obamacare?
Democrats, family members ignore Pelosi's “Affordable Care Act” policing.


Andrew Johnson

Nancy Pelosi wants to throw out “Obamacare.” Not the law itself, just the name. The House minority leader insists that we all call President Obama’s signature health-care law the “Affordable Care Act.”

Unfortunately, Pelosi’s fellow Democrats, her family members, and even the president have other ideas.

A reporter at a sparsely attended press conference learned Thursday what happens when you refer to the president’s signature health-care law by its popular nickname in front of Pelosi.

“It’s called the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Affordable Care Act. I know you didn’t intend any compliment or derogatory — it’s called the Affordable Care Act,” the California Democrat adamantly corrected. “Affordable, affordable — there’s a reason — affordable, affordable, affordable, affordable, affordable.”

Others have gotten a sharp retort after mentioning “Obamacare” around Pelosi. In recent months, the erstwhile speaker of the House has made a habit of snapping at people using the monicker “Obamacare.” She has decried use of the term in press conferences and even on Meet the Press.

That is, unless you’re a high-ranking Democrat or someone close to Pelosi. They don’t seem to have gotten the San Francisco congresswoman’s memo, nor do they draw her condemnation.


Although Pelosi considers “Obamacare” toxic, Obama himself has championed the term, and he continues to do so. The same afternoon Pelosi lectured the reporter on the name, the president used it in a speech in Florida. Obama has repeatedly embraced the term, claiming he had “no problem” with it because, he says, he does care about the health and well-being of millions of people he has never met and never will meet. The president confidently predicted Republicans would drop the term following the law’s success, in an effort to prevent him from taking credit for it.

“Once it’s working really well, I guarantee you, they will not call it ‘Obamacare,’” he said last fall. His Organizing for Action group’s website also provides merchandise brandishing the word “Obamacare.”

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is also a culprit. For example, she has repeatedly assured that it is “darn right that our candidates are going to run on the advantage that [is] Obamacare” in November. The supposed epithet also litters Wasserman Schultz’s Twitter account, along with the official DNC Twitter account, promotional materials, and graphics.

While policing Obama and Wasserman Schultz may be above Pelosi’s authority, those she does have a role in overseeing are guilty as well of violating her rules. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, has shared a new meme multiple times, demanding that opponents “Don’t Tread on My Obamacare.”

Additionally, Pelosi’s communications director Drew Hammill, the person in charge of the congresswoman’s messaging, has not been shy in promoting the term on his account.