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Is it OK to call it Obamacare?

Posted at 1:18 PM on March 26, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Health

"Obamacare" is an easy way to describe the Affordable Care Act. But it's often viewed as pejorative. It's a term used most often by opponents of the law who blame President Obama for it.

Supporters of the president, though, may be trying to shift the rhetoric to turn "Obamacare" into a badge of honor.

ABC News reports that Obama's 2012 campaign staff have been tweeting that "Obamacare" is not a dirty word:

ABC News also notes that a mid-March fundraiser in Atlanta:

Obama also used the term and said he doesn't mind it because it shows he "does care.

"Change is, yes, health care reform," Obama said to applause. "You want to call it Obamacare -- that's okay, because I do care."


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.