Using The Term “Obamacare” Is Going To Be Racist Again Pretty Soon

Remember when President Obama and his allies were boldly predicting that, as soon as Americans realized how wonderful Obamacare really is, critics of the law wouldn’t want to use that term to describe it any more? President Obama himself made that claim (see the video), and his 2012 campaign manager once tweeted out an uber creepy picture of himself trying to own the term.

With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

The president didn’t say “Obamacare” once during his nearly hourlong news conference last week, while he referred to the “Affordable Care Act” a dozen times. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to correct David Gregory on “Meet the Press” Sunday on the proper terminology. And White House talking points distributed to Democrats and obtained by POLITICO repeatedly refer to the Affordable Care Act in suggested sound bites, not Obamacare. …

Now, the phrase is vanishing from official use. White House website posts in July (“Obamacare in Three Words: Saving People Money”) and late September (“What Obamacare Means for You”) called the health care law the O-word. But now HealthCare.gov is almost entirely scrubbed of “Obamacare” and the law is called the Affordable Care Act in nearly every instance. Health insurance exchanges run by states don’t use the term Obamacare at all. …

White House aides said there’s been no internal guidance about which term to use.

Actions speak louder than words.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • devilschild

    These days it seems like a person can be a racist just for disagreeing with someone, especially a politician.

    • NoDakNative

      More-or-less. The word “bigot” now effectively means nothing more than “someone who holds a view different than mine.”

      • jl

        Same with “skeptic” or “denier”. Like you say, here on earth they mean “someone who has a different opinion.” But using those proper words don’t fit their narrative.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    the only “ism” Obamacare involkes is socialism.

  • SkinnyRacist

    Who the hell thought the term “Obamacare” was racist? It was a disparaging term, but no one said it was racist. I suspect you’ll interpret this post as a fat joke since you’ve really got your finger on the pulse of reality Rob.

    • Spartacus

      Here you go, just follow the link.

      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=calling+it+Obamacare+is+racist

      • Skinny Racist

        Seriously that’s all you’ve got. A reaction to a speech to the NAACP??? Pretty damn weak. Seriously no Maddow, no Sharpton, no moveon, no labor unions. So I guess the National Review qualifies as the majority of the left. I suppose that when Alex Jones says something, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the oil industry said it too… (I just realized you guys could really use some better role models). I’m sure everyone on this board favors legalized gay marriage like Rob does since everyone on the right thinks the same too.

        • Spartacus

          You asked who. If you didn’t like the results next time exercise that weak muscle between your ears by doing your own research. Like the link told you, it’s not difficult. Oh yeah, I forgot, you’re a Liberal, so rudimentary thought is difficult for you.

    • Thresherman

      Seriously? Time and again liberals have called critics of Obama racist and have calling ACA Obamacare was racist. Racist comes out of a liberals mouth anytime they can’t think of anything else to say.

      • SkinnyRacist

        It’s a pretty easy conclusion to jump to when the entire opposition is white protestants. Well maybe only 99.9%. Let’s ask the hero of the right:

        “Our blacks are so much better than their blacks, to become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow…and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in the Republican party.” ~Ann Coulter

        I’m sure you feel exactly as Ann does, because all liberals think the same as the National Review.

  • Yuna Braska

    Gosh…. this is soooo news worthy! ;-)

    ::Yawn::

    We already know you’re cognitively lazy, but you need to start writing your own material, as opposed to the bulk of your content being someone else’s quoted bogus tripe.

    And how about some foreign affairs? You really epitomize the insular bubble of right wing stupidity when you’re so obviously oblivious to what the rest of the entire planet is talking about.

    • rbb

      I guess our host had to choose between something vaguely racist to titillate his base and the finalized $13,000,000,000.00 settlement, (the largest ever between America and a corporation in history) AG Holder got from JP Morgan Chase for cheating America of her wealth.

      According to the statement from the Department of Justice: “JPMorgan employees knew that the loans in question did not comply with those guidelines and were not otherwise appropriate for securitization, but they allowed the loans to be securitized – and those securities to be sold – without disclosing this information to investors.”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25009683

      • devilschild

        They made $50 bil off that fiasco so I would guess a settlement of that size won’t hurt them for long.

  • Spartacus

    Obama supporters really don’t care. They just wanted all of Bush’s worst traits for the country, only in black.

    • Yuna Braska

      why should Obama detractors care?

      • Spartacus

        It’s their hard earned wages you’re spending.

        • Yuna Braska

          Their hard earned wages were paying for all the people losing their insurance before Obamacare?

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    The “Obamacare” term has been scrubbed because it has developed a negative connotation. Mr. Obama wants to dissociate himself from it. This may also be an attempt to re-market it as something else.

    I don’t see racism anywhere in all of this.

    • Spartacus

      I don’t either. But Liberals are really freaked out over the failure and not a single vote for the law from the Republicans.

      They’re quickly learning that this is one of those occasions where ownership does NOT have any perks.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    As far as Obamacare is concerned, “for the first time in my life, I am truly ashamed of my country”.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    WHO ARE THE TRUE RACISTS?

    The Thirteenth
    Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.

    EVERY Republican
    supported the measure, ONLY 16 Democrats did.

    ——————————————————————————————

    The Fourteenth
    Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution, The Civil Rights
    Act. The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal
    protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction.
    This clause was the basis for Brown v. Board of Education (1954),
    the Supreme Court decision that precipitated the dismantling of racial segregation, and for
    many other decisions rejecting irrational or unnecessary discrimination against
    people belonging to various groups.

    Every single voting Republican (128 of 134 — with
    6 not voting — in the House, and 30 of 32 — with 2 not voting — in the
    Senate) voted for the 14th Amendment. Not a single Democrat (zero of 36 in the
    House, zero of 6 in the Senate) voted for it.

    The Fifteenth
    Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution prohibits the
    federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote
    based on that citizen’s “race, color, or
    previous condition of servitude”.

    Right to vote? When Southern states balked at
    implementing the 14th Amendment, Congress came back and passed the 15th
    Amendment in 1870, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote. Every single
    Republican voted for it, with every Democrat voting against it.

    ——————————————————————————

    If only blacks knew of the true history of the
    Democratic Party.

    Democrats, in 1854, passed the Kansas-Nebraska
    Act. This overturned the Missouri Compromise and allowed for the importation of
    slaves into the territories. Disgusted with the passage of this Act,
    free-soilers and anti-slavery members of the Whig and Democratic parties
    founded the Republican Party — not just to stop the spread of slavery, but to
    eventually abolish it.

    How many blacks know that blacks founded the Texas
    Republican Party? On July 4, 1867, in Houston, Texas, 150 blacks and 20 whites
    formed the party. No, not the Black Texas Republican Party, they founded the
    Texas Republican Party. Blacks across Southern states also founded the Republican
    parties in their states.

    Fugitive slave laws? In 1850, Democrats passed the
    Fugitive Slave Law. If merely accused of being a slave, even if the person
    enjoyed freedom all of his or her life (as approximately 11 percent of blacks
    did just before the Civil War), the person lost the right to representation by
    an attorney, the right to trial by jury, and the right to habeas corpus.

    Emancipation? Republican President Abraham Lincoln
    issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In 1865, the 13th
    Amendment emancipating the slaves was passed with 100 percent of Republicans
    (88 of 88 in the House, 30 of 30 in the Senate) voting for it. Only 23 percent
    of Democrats (16 of 66 in the House, 3 of 8 in the Senate) voted for it.

    Ku Klux Klan? In 1872 congressional
    investigations, Democrats admitted beginning the Klan as an effort to stop the
    spread of the Republican Party and to re-establish Democratic control in
    Southern states. As PBS’ “American Experience” notes, “In
    outright defiance of the Republican-led federal government, Southern Democrats
    formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who
    tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan,
    was formed in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1865.” Blacks, who were all Republican at
    that time, became the primary targets of violence.

    Jim Crow laws? Between 1870 and 1875, the
    Republican Congress passed many pro-black civil rights laws. But in 1876,
    Democrats took control of the House, and no further race-based civil rights
    laws passed until 1957. In 1892, Democrats gained control of the House, the Senate
    and the White House, and repealed all the Republican-passed civil rights laws.
    That enabled the Southern Democrats to pass the Jim Crow laws, poll taxes,
    literacy tests, and so on, in their individual states.

    What about the reviled, allegedly anti-black,
    Republican “Southern strategy”? Pat Buchanan, writing for Richard
    Nixon (who became the Republican Party candidate two years later) coined the
    term “Southern strategy.” They expected the “strategy” to
    ultimately result in the complete marginalization of racist Southern Democrats.
    “We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states’ rights,
    human rights, small government, and a strong national defense,” said
    Buchanan, “and leave it to the ‘party of [Democratic Georgia Gov. Lester]
    Maddox, [1966 Democratic challenger against Spiro Agnew for Maryland governor
    George] Mahoney, and [Democratic Alabama Gov. George] Wallace to squeeze the
    last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial
    injustice.’” And President Richard Nixon, Republican, implemented the
    first federal affirmative action (race-based preference) laws with goals and
    timetables.

    DEMOCRATS ARE THE TRUE RACISTS.

    LIBERALS ARE LYING TO COVER UP THEIR TRUE HISTORY.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Mouse, you’re wrong again I see.

      Former Nixon Strategist, Kevin Phillips, Explains the “Southern Strategy”

      New York Times

      May 17, 1970

      “From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that… but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

      And with that, the racists signed up to be gops.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Boob
        look it up, rube

  • eLucidive

    Obama himself thought Obamacare was a great name, as we all saw during the first presidential debate in 2012, before it all turned to crud. Now that it has turned to crap, as all things the government ever touches does, Obama’s narcissistic personality wants to back his name away from it, as well as all of his sycophants in the media. The democrats, democrat media complex, and Obama own this dynamo of fail in totality. They need to learn how to man up already.

  • Bat 1

    Does anyone on/in the Right really care anymore about being labeled “racist” by some intellectually stunted liberal who can think of no better form of argument? That adolescent rhetorical crutch lost any significance long ago. BFD!

  • awfulorv

    Have you noticed that Obama almost never finds anything good to say about liberal white politicians of yesteryear?
    You know, the ones that allowed the trucks with goodies to be backed up to nearly every black door?
    He, apparently, cannot humble himself to speak the names of Lyndon Baines Johnson, or Hubert Humphrey, for instance.
    Instead he would have, and tries to delude, his 98% voting bloc into believing the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, even Jackie Robinson are, in the main, to thank for all the substantial entitlements they now receive.
    Instead of thanking the principally white, working, and taxpaying citizens, who are largely responsible for the largesse heaped upon anyone with a darker hue.

    And enigmatically, but true to his Marxist teachings, he blames the most successful among our citizens, and attempts to re-distribute their hard earned wealth, with extreme vigor.
    All this to the delight of his low info supporters, who will continue in their slavish idolatry till that day comes, as it will, when it all stops.
    But fear not, Mr., and Mrs., minimum wage employee, he’ll soon focus his attention on you, or anyone with more than $27.11 in their account.
    He, and his cohorts, are Robber Politicians, pure and simple, there can be no more apt name for their ilk.

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