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Re: Obamacare: Never Speak of It Again

I’ve previously explained why I think that the term “Obamacare” ought to be unobjectionable, and I’ll note again that the Obama reelection campaign itself embraced the shorthand. (I see that even Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne uses “Obamacare.”)

But an additional problem with Lake Superior State University’s effort to banish the term is that its preferred substitute, the “Affordable Care Act,” is not, as it seems to think, what the law is “actually called.”

In its full Orwellian glory, the enacted “short title” for the Obamacare legislation is the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” If defenders of Obamacare would like to use that title with its pack of lies (or is it “PPACA lies”?), they’re welcome to. But they have no basis for insisting that others do so.

UPDATE: Thanks to the commenter who points out that Lake Superior State University’s effort is facetious. I should have explored the matter more thoroughly. That said, given that there are still people who object to “Obamacare” and who favor the “Affordable Care Act,” my basic point holds.

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