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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Embrace 'Obamacare'

By Jonathan Capehart

Joe Scarborough asked us a very good question today on "Morning Joe" after Pat Buchanan uttered a term that is anathema to Democrats and progressives. Why do Democrats flip out when the health-care law is called "Obamacare"? Scarborough raised the issue because he said a woman approached him yesterday and said, "It's a terrible word."

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"If you accused me of being a proponent of Reaganomics, I'd give you a hug, " Scarborough said to me. "I wonder, if this health-care plan is the greatest thing ever, why are Democrats so offended when you call it 'Obamacare'?"

"[Y]ou've got 'Obama.' They like that word. And you got 'care.' Care is a good word. And you put them together and suddenly it's a vulgarity?"

As I explained, Democrats and progressives are a tad sensitive to the word's pejorative nature after watching President Obama get slammed in rather ugly terms for almost two years by Republicans for trying to insure as many Americans as possible. (Remember what happened during the vote on the bill?) As Norah O'Donnell explained, those on the left would say the term means "it's Obama shoving health care down people's throat or down business's throat."

But Buchanan got to the heart of the matter, which you might have missed because of all the crosstalk. "It's because Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan are saying it and not Jonathan Capehart." I certainly missed that, so I asked Buchanan during the commercial break. He explained that because he and Scarborough are Republicans, the term is taken as a dig when they say it. And surely more than a few believe there's a racial tinge to the term. As one person tweeted to me, "@CapehartJ It's a pajorative term because all the white guys you're sitting with hate #POTUS #AffordableCareAct would be too positive."

"If you're so proud of [the health-care law]," Scarborough asked, "then why are you ashamed to be attached to it?" You know, he's got a point. Affordable health care has been a priority for the Democratic Party since time began, it seems. So, Democrats embrace "Obamacare." @facieG gives two good reasons for doing so. First, "Dem's calling it Obamacare takes the power from GOP & gives the dem's the power. Take the power." And most importantly, "Someday repubs will regret terming it 'Obamacare'.It ensures they will Neva b able 2 take credit n future."

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Good point. The most important legislation for the good of the American people since the mid 1960s, we should be embracing it, and reminding voters that Democrats and our President went to bat for them in the face of the special interest big money insurance lobby that funded the tea-bagger/repoublicon campaigns in 2010.

And why would ANYONE want to be tarred with the stain of being smeared as a supporter of reaganomics. Really? Trickle down and massive deficits is something to celebrate? It is like begging to be called a child molester.

Posted by: John1263 | February 9, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse


ObunkerCARE would be GREAT legislation.....
if you were a citizen of the Soviet Union.

THERE, the people have long decided to let the Government run their lives for them. They simply had to sit back, swig the Stolichnaya, and receive the health services whenever they had a problem.

Well, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. In fact, the docs and nurse staff made as much money as your average truck driver and offered medical expertise to match....along with equipment more adept for use upon animals or vehicles than human beings.

But, how UNFAIR of me to criticize without letting the opposition have its say....................................................................................oh, that's right. The old Commies were SO SUCCESSFUL that their Country is now DEFUNCT.

Well, as NASA is NOW FINDING OUT, when you put all your eggs in the Government's basket, you're going to wind up with egg on your face.

Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Every time you use the phrase Obamacare you are playing right into the GOP spin machine. Don't try to reinvent the phrase, just ignore it. The GOP has spent millions of dollars to make Obamacare stand for everything bad about health care and you are NEVER going to change that.

Posted by: xconservative | February 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"But, how UNFAIR of me to criticize without letting the opposition have its say..."

NOTINFL, go ahead and criticize. Just don't make a bunch of crap, like you did, and claim it has anything to do with the health care reform bill that passed.

Posted by: steveh46 | February 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea Capeheart! In every poll Obamacare becomes more unpopular and more people disapprove of Obama's handling of healthcare. Go with that, own it and be proud. Maybe Ford will bring back the Pinto too.

Posted by: robtr | February 9, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Great, an editorial that does not address the content but rather only argues for a term used to characterize the bill's author. No one in any editorial or opinion section has addressed the issues that the bill brings to it, like how will insurance become affordable to those who cannot afford it now? Insurance costs have skyrocked since the bill was passed. There will still be approximately 16 million Americans who will still not be able to afford insurance but will be FORCED to by it or be fined (taxed) for not being able to buy it. It does nothing to reform healthcare, it is a health insurance bill but cannot be called that because health insurance is not a interstate commerce and Obama and the bill supporters know they are twisting existing commerce guidelines and laws. Who cares what it is called.

Posted by: staterighter | February 9, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Every time you use the phrase Obamacare you are playing right into the GOP spin machine. Don't try to reinvent the phrase, just ignore it. The GOP has spent millions of dollars to make Obamacare stand for everything bad about health care and you are NEVER going to change that.

Posted by: xconservative | February 9, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Great, an editorial that does not address the content but rather only argues for a term used to characterize the bill's author. No one in any editorial or opinion section has addressed the issues that the bill brings to it, like how will insurance become affordable to those who cannot afford it now? Insurance costs have skyrocked since the bill was passed. There will still be approximately 16 million Americans who will still not be able to afford insurance but will be FORCED to by it or be fined (taxed) for not being able to buy it. It does nothing to reform healthcare, it is a health insurance bill but cannot be called that because health insurance is not a interstate commerce and Obama and the bill supporters know they are twisting existing commerce guidelines and laws. Who cares what it is called

Posted by: staterighter | February 9, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, terms like Reaganomics, HillaryCare and RomneyCare are not pejorative. Democrats and progressives, such as yourself, use the WaPo to support Pres. Obama even when there's no reason to do so. IMO, this had little to do with Affordable Care Act, but was an opportunity for you to attack those evil Republicans.

Posted by: Conservator | February 9, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

You can call a skunk a rose but it will still STINK to high heaven....

Posted by: independent31 | February 9, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Excellent idea Capeheart! In every poll Obamacare becomes more unpopular and more people disapprove of Obama's handling of healthcare. Go with that, own it and be proud. Maybe Ford will bring back the Pinto too."

Actually, you should be trembling in your boots. With every poll, opposition to "Obamacare" appears to be easing, rather than increasing. From CBS News:

"As lawmakers shaken by the shooting of a colleague return to the health care debate, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds raw feelings over President Barack Obama's overhaul have subsided.

Ahead of a vote on repeal in the GOP-led House this week, strong opposition to the law stands at 30 percent, close to the lowest level registered in AP-GfK surveys dating to September 2009.

The nation is divided over the law, but the strength and intensity of the opposition appear diminished. The law expands coverage to more than 30 million uninsured, and would require, for the first time, that most people in the United States carry health insurance.

The poll finds that 40 percent of those surveyed said they support the law, while 41 percent oppose it. Just after the November congressional elections, opposition stood at 47 percent and support was 38 percent.

As for repeal, only about one in four say they want to do away with the law completely. Among Republicans support for repeal has dropped sharply, from 61 percent after the elections to 49 percent now."

Posted by: mjabele | February 9, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Affordable Care is a misnomer since it does nothing to reduce the cost of care. In fact, if uncompensated care is reduced, who will force the hospitals and doctors to return their new-found profits?

Also, to say that the term "Obamacare" has "a racial tinge" is offensive. Just because the President is black doesn't mean any opposition to his policies is racist.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 9, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Only people who don't need affordable health care should be allowed to comment on the issue.

So far, the media is heeding this basic tenet of journalism. There's always one side to every story.

Posted by: motorfriend | February 9, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"ObunkerCARE would be GREAT legislation.....if you were a citizen of the Soviet Union.

THERE, the people have long decided to let the Government run their lives for them. They simply had to sit back, swig the Stolichnaya, and receive the health services whenever they had a problem.

The old Commies were SO SUCCESSFUL that their Country is now DEFUNCT."

Hmmm, but of course the inconvenient thing with this analysis is that a version of "Obamacare" is essentially what they still have in Germany, a country which, as last week's article in The Economist indicates, isn't exactly doing all that poorly in economic terms.

To be more accurate, Germany's actually doing BETTER than we are economically. It's per capita GDP is growing MORE rapidly than ours, the total value of its foreign exports is GREATER in absolute terms (even though Germany has less than a third our population), and its unemployment rate is LOWER than ours.

And yet, Germany has universal health care - tax-subsidized, via a system of private insurance companies ("Krankenkassen") rather similar to what's proposed in "Obamacare" - except that in Germany's case, the insurers are non-profit.

Oh, and did we mention that Germans have a higher life expectancy than Americans? Their subsidized health insurance system seems to be keeping them in pretty good health, it seems.

Posted by: mjabele | February 9, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I always say Obamacare and I like the name and the new law.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 9, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Since the first health care reform in decades was fought and passed by President Obama, this reform is part of his legacies. We should name this reform after his name as Obamacare with honor.

From an Independent, a financial conservative and social liberal, who will vote for Obama for the first time in 2012.


Posted by: dummy4peace | February 9, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I can see the objection to Obamacare. It combines Obama which has negative vibes with "care" as in we don't care what you think.

The Dems should be happy. It could have been called Pelosicare or Harrycare. Or On the backs of the young and healthy-care. Or deficit-care. Or lose your Doctor-Care. Or death panel-care. Or medicare for all.

Posted by: flyover22 | February 9, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

motorfriend says:
"Only people who don't need affordable health care should be allowed to comment on the issue."

How about, only people who pay for healthcare should be allowed to comment on the issue? Those who demand and extort my charity should not insist on my silence.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Obamacare because it is Obama's program.It is just another nail in the coffin of American Middle Income people who will be footing the bill for this. Our cost will go up. Our employers will drop us, pay the fines and force us on the exchanges which will result in rationed and lessor qaulity care. As the doctors get screwed they will go the way the mental health folks do and it will be cash only.

To sum it up in order to help the 10% who are to irresponsable to take care of themselves Obama and the left has screwed 80% of the population. All in the name of fairness of course. They did not reduce cost, did not improve quality and in fact lied to the those that follow them the stupid, leeches who pay no taxes, expect others to foot their bills and vote democratic.

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 9, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Obama get slammed in rather ugly terms"

What in the world are you talking about, Capehart? Disagreement is "ugly?" And concocted stories about spitting are your evidence. Before you throw a hissy fit, remember, with all the cameras there, not one shred of evidence other than a democrat declaring it happened.

And, of course, it is racist to disagree with Obama.

And what's this "Neva b able" stuff? Oh, I guess you're trying to connect with the folk, huh? Sitting there in your Washington Post cubicle, it's so easy to show your street creds, isn't it? Mixing it up with Scarborough and Buchanan ...

Give me a break. What a fake!


Posted by: jpfann | February 9, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Medicare for ALL would be even better than Obamacare.

When we add younger healthier people to Medicare, it will only make it more sustainable and cheaper.

In insurance risk spreading, the more, the merrier.

Posted by: dummy4peace | February 9, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am simply amazed that a liberal would support Obamacare. I thought liberals hated the sell out to the drug companies and no public option.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 9, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hello all of you paranoid right wing fools the boogie man is coming for you. The fact is. As far as Obamacare is concerned, apparently you are not aware it was the Republican Party that first proposed mandatory universal health care coverage requiring everyone to have it ....In fact, says Len Nichols of the New America Foundation, the individual mandate was originally a Republican idea. "It was invented by Mark Pauly to give to George Bush Sr. back in the day, as a competition to the employer mandate focus of the Democrats at the time."
now that the Dem have made it reality it it becomes a commie socialist plot for the regime to take over our lives You guys make me laugh and your idiocy

Posted by: mbe320 | February 9, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@mbe320,

It seems as if the Republican idea of an individual mandate is just as unconstitutional as the Democrat's reality of the unconstitutional individual mandate.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 9, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

..If we added young and healthy people to Medicare it would be more affordable...

To the old, unhealthy and unemployed maybe but on the backs of the young. Make it tough for those young people to raise a family, provide for and educate them. Few children, few young people, and lower education levels and the system collapses.

Why anybody under 45 votes DEM is beyond me. Having to pay SS taxes and Medicare taxes for 40 years of work so retirees can drive their scooters into casinos or golf with new hips.

Posted by: flyover22 | February 9, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

thelaw1

I guess the law requiring everyone to have auto insurance is unconstitutional as well... you have it, why? and there is a good reason for it..... is it ever challenged? .....

Posted by: mbe320 | February 9, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Health, that is the missing word, Obamacare can refer to All the benefits of our current president, successful stimulus package, reform on Wall Street, end to Don't Ask Don't tell, and so on, but to label Health Care, without using the word health is an attempt by the legions of the Greediest who take from the Neediest.

Posted by: anniealeesha | February 9, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare tells me something about the content of the bill. Obamacare could be anything.

Posted by: ideallydc | February 9, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Nowadays, Democrats don't like ANY label Republicans try to attach to anything because everything that falls from a Republicans mouth is negative and is usually hate speech.

Tea Bagger.

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 9, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, the problem with the term "Obamacare" is that it buys into the Republican mischaracterization of the Affordable Care Act as a "government takeover of health care." It implies that government bureaucrats under direction of the President will control your health insurance and make your health care decisions. It's not a helpful label to use if you're trying to dispel misinformation and build public support for what the Act actually does.

Posted by: Darth1 | February 9, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Before Obamacare the Republicans used the term "Hillarycare" to defeat that reform effort. Medicare should be called "LyndonCare." That would at least identify it as a Democratic program Regan and other Republicans tried to kill in the 1960s.

Posted by: funfun881 | February 9, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Before Obamacare the Republicans used the term "Hillarycare" to defeat that reform effort. Medicare should be called "LyndonCare." That would at least identify it as a Democratic program Regan and other Republicans tried to kill in the 1960s.

Posted by: funfun881 | February 9, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, with all due respect, "Hell no!"

Posted by: JustJoe3 | February 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'll take a stab at this.

"Reaganomics" is a clear pejorative, since it's demonstrably the case that it was a scam. Time has amply proven that. George HW Bush famously and correctly called it "voodoo economics" before it was even implemented.

The jury's out on the new Obamacare. If it fails like Reaganomics, then I think the personal appellation sticks, just like Reaganomics.

However, if it succeeds--and it has started off on the right foot by removing terrible, arbitrary insurance exclusions--it will have proven itself to be the boon for all citizens that we expect, especially if some of the concessions to Republicans included in it get corrected.

In that case, it should gain a non-personal name: maybe something like "MedicUS."

Posted by: abqcleve | February 9, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse


ā€˜ As Norah O'Donnell explained, those on the left would say the term means "it's Obama shoving health care down people's throat or down business's throat." ā€˜

Yessss, that pretty much is what ObamaCare means!


Posted by: bcarte1 | February 9, 2011 2:51 PM | Report abuse

ObunkerCARE would be GREAT legislation.....
if you were a citizen of the Soviet Union.

THERE, the people have long decided to let the Government run their lives for them. They simply had to sit back, swig the Stolichnaya, and receive the health services whenever they had a problem.

Well, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration. In fact, the docs and nurse staff made as much money as your average truck driver and offered medical expertise to match....along with equipment more adept for use upon animals or vehicles than human beings.

But, how UNFAIR of me to criticize without letting the opposition have its say....................................................................................oh, that's right. The old Commies were SO SUCCESSFUL that their Country is now DEFUNCT.

Well, as NASA is NOW FINDING OUT, when you put all your eggs in the Government's basket, you're going to wind up with egg on your face.
Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse
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Yes, the USSR is the ONLY model of universal health care that any country has ever offered. Except for every single other industrialized nation on earth, that is.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 9, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

stunned and horrified to see Capeheart looking so confused and defensive, stammering "pejorative" over and over, lamely.
dude, get a grip.
Obamacare is ...racial?? really? is that your default fallback for everything. *anyone* who quibbles with **anything** that Obama does is a racist? lol.
can't wait to vote this Urkel preening prettyboy back to Illinois in 2012.
our worst qualified president, ever, wasted the two first years of his term on healthcare while the economy burned down. he and his Daly enforcers sneer at anyone less than enthusiastic as either misinformed or just plain wrong. there is no debate or dialog just "our way" or we will name-call you.
Obama was a bill of goods and he is now a failing, floundering has-been.
disgusted with the policies and with the embarrassment of otherwise promising people like Capeheart sentto carry water, try to defend him and then, when all else fail, point fingers and whine.
Major_Fail.

Posted by: FloridaChick | February 9, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Before Obamacare the Republicans used the term "Hillarycare" to defeat that reform effort. Medicare should be called "LyndonCare." That would at least identify it as a Democratic program Regan and other Republicans tried to kill in the 1960s.

Posted by: funfun881 | February 9, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Once again, health care is not a right. Employers do not have to provide health care. Employers originally started providing health care as a benefit that would give them the advantage when trying to keep good employees. It has morphed into what some feel is an inalienable right, which it is not.

Posted by: Jsuf | February 9, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

BOGU$.
You are not educated enough to grasp the very CONCEPT of INSURANCE. It requires for each CUSTOMER (customers are people who purchase with their own bucks) to pay in; it also calls for actarial rationality. Actuarial, amongst other things, means that I, who does NOT have a preexisting condition, do NOT pick up part of the tab for the guy who DOES have a preexisting condition. Shifting the cost burden from one group, to another group, without regard to actuarial realities is called WELFARE. As in WELFARE SCAM. You seem steeped in WELFARE SCAM.

Posted by: craigslsst | February 9, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse


Iā€™m unsure what the big deal is about calling this new law ObamaCare.


It is of course only a small part of the Zoo Obama is building that ALL Americans will be MANDATED to live in. But in fairness, the Obama Zoo will be beautiful and every desire will be provided for by those that owe it to everyone else!

Posted by: bcarte1 | February 9, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why embrace? Uhhh, ... heavy fines and debtors prison?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | February 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Once again, health care is not a right. Employers do not have to provide health care. Employers originally started providing health care as a benefit that would give them the advantage when trying to keep good employees. It has morphed into what some feel is an inalienable right, which it is not.

Posted by: Jsuf
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Actually, health care is a "right."

That's because perfectly Constitutional laws have been enacted that:

* provide health care benefits for all Americans over 65;

* ensure that all Americans have access to emergency rooms;

* ensure all veterans have free/reduced cost health care, etc., etc.

What we didn't have until Obamacare was a way for the government to limit the abuses the insurance industry was perpetrating on it and us.

Posted by: abqcleve | February 9, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All Aboard!!! ... Ow, ow, ow, ow,ow,ow,ow, ouch, ow, ow, ow, ....

Posted by: deepthroat21 | February 9, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nice point at the end! The day will come, hopefully in a long, long time, a hundred years, when we will be able to go to Obama's gravesite and see just two words written there which will describe his greatness. "Created Obamacare." It will go down in history as one of any president's highest accomplishments, and will be all that is needed to certify him as one of the all time greats.
Sincerely,
Tom Praska

Posted by: tompraska | February 9, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Every time you use the phrase Obamacare you are playing right into the GOP spin machine. Don't try to reinvent the phrase, just ignore it. The GOP has spent millions of dollars to make Obamacare stand for everything bad about health care and you are NEVER going to change that.
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ObamaCare does stand for just about everything bad about health care. It also stands for many of the things that are bad about our government. When Congress totally ignores the wishes of the people and enacts a law that increases the cost of health care, reduces its availability, increases taxes, cost nearly tripple its original estimate, requires that every American purchase a product, establishes a 50,000 member federal bureaucracy with 53 different levels, and caters to special interests and lobbyists, it is just plain wrong.

Posted by: mike85 | February 9, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank you abqcleve
healthcare, education, defense ect are the rights of all citzens of a healthy civilized society accessible to everyone regardless of income race religion with everyone contributing to it and benefiting from it. They are what make the country strong.

Posted by: mbe320 | February 9, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Abuses by the insurance companies? Do you understand the concept of insurance? Insurance companies are a business and businesses exist to make profit. You are so far gone to the left and are just repeating the talking points.

Posted by: Jsuf | February 9, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't get it, health insurance isn't the same as auto insurance, I can CHOOSE not to drive and won't need to by insurance.

Posted by: obrier2 | February 9, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You convinced me Jonathon. From now on I'm referring to it proudly as Obamacare. We all know what the right-wing conservatives mean when they use the term. It's meant to be disparaging, so let's turn the tables on them and force them to explain in more detail what they are aganist. They need one-liners so desperatley to speak. They are without argument when you take the one-liners away. Let's go for Obamacare.

Posted by: rschaeffer1 | February 9, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Insurance companies are a business and businesses exist to make profit."

Yes, and that's precisely what's wrong with it, and why other countries have single-payer or not-for-profit insurance companies.

Here, we have people who need medical care, doctors willing to give it, and in between, a company whose bottom line depends on making sure the two get together as seldom as possible.

Posted by: Pamsm | February 9, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Obamacare is that it didn't make health care more affordable.

It redistributed some health care by making some people pay more for care, and subsidizing others, but it failed to cut health care costs, which would have been the first step in actually making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

Posted by: Benson | February 9, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Better health care is great. Two things, though: 1 - improvements must be built on a solid foundation. 2 - One class of people should not be forced to pay for another.

Obamacare takes neither into consideration.

Posted by: primegrop | February 9, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"For those who don't get it, health insurance isn't the same as auto insurance, I can CHOOSE not to drive and won't need to by insurance."

Yeah. Now try "choosing" to never get sick. Good luck.

Posted by: Pamsm | February 9, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

People who are against the affordable healthcare bill are the same ones who have insurance. And than there are those against it b/c they follow whatever the republicans say and have stopped thinking for themselves long ago. And of course, insurance companies, why insure someone when they are sick, like duh. They, the insurance companies only want to insure the healthy and thus make a fortune and have to spend nothing. However, life does not work that way, we have insurance for when we get sick and yes even those who believes in the authoritarian conservatism
ideology will get sick one day. And than there are those little pricks in Washington who have government healthcare who want theirs left in tact. So if its so bad, than why do they have government healthcare? So go ahead with so your socialism non sense chants and its bad for the country chants while those who suppose to work for us have government healthcare, take bribes from special interest and basically rob your future right in front of you. Yes, your future, one day unfortunately if you don't have healthcare and get sick, everything you own will be taken away to pay for your care. Yes, go ahead buy into the authoritarian conservatism now and pay a lot later.

Posted by: Realistic5 | February 9, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Every time I scroll down to the bottom of one of these articles and scan the comments I am confronted with one example after another that profoundly point to the obvious failures of our educational system today - Absolutely frightening!

Posted by: tw328 | February 9, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Members of the GOP call health insurance reform ObamaCare as they termed it HillaryCare as they call the Democratic Party the Democrat Party: to heap opprobrium upon the concepts for which the individual terms stand. Reagan's economics were termed Voodoo economics because forecasting national debt shrinkage and economic growth, as a direct result of tax cuts for the wealthy, calls for supernatural intervention, perhaps involving a chicken or parts thereof. Clearly, the GOP is not as exercised about the constitutionality of a health insurance premium mandate as they are about possible decreased profitability of the health insurance business. Puzzlingly, members of the GOP never mention their concern for the economic health of health insurance companies in respect of ObamaCare. The GOP's concern for the viability of the health insurance business is laudable from a Dickensian point of view. Nevertheless, I support a single payer plan in which capitalists of enormous means fund, under penalty of law, an exceptionally well-managed, permanent, highly advanced health care delivery system that is open to all citizens and to certain visitors. In this way, capitalists can apologize for crashing the U.S. economy in 2008.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | February 9, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Obamacare" is the correct term. It defines the overhaul of healthcare in America to suit the communist, soocialist desires of the Kenyan community organizer. Both Obama and his "health care" plan should be repealed.

Posted by: DeanDR | February 9, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"Obamacare" is the correct term. It defines the overhaul of healthcare in America to suit the communist, soocialist desires of the Kenyan community organizer. Both Obama and his "health care" plan should be repealed.

Posted by: DeanDR | February 9, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"Obamacare" is the correct term. It defines the overhaul of healthcare in America to suit the communist, socialist desires of the Kenyan community organizer. Both Obama and his "health care" plan should be repealed.

Posted by: DeanDR | February 9, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey, here is another fun analogy exercise we can do since Mr Capehart insists on reference to this in veiled terms:

The term "Obamacare" is to the term "n!&&er" as:...

Any takers?

Seriously man, I am pretty flagrantly liberal but I have 2 points:
1 Not everything Obama does exists within the context of race. Some people really do hate his policies.
and
2 Try not to use 2 many tweet posts 2 make ur point man. It raises serious ?s about ur argumentative choices n journalistic skilz. Also, anything you can do to sound less like Sarah Palin is probably a good thing for anyone.

Posted by: ashtar377 | February 9, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Why does it not surprise me that Capehart , and Juan ( I never heard anything jug-ears said that I didn't take for Gospel ) Williams run around with their Rose Colored Glasses on as America becomes another 3rd World Failure in Soros' One World plan ? It's always Race, Race and more Race. It's like they used to say about Italians and the Polish. Tie their hands behind their backs and they would be speechless. Take away Race Baiting, and Willimas, Capehart , Sharpton and Jackson would stand mute, as well. The difference in both examples is ; that when people said that about the Italians and the Poles , they didn't run home to Momma , and holler Bigotry .

Posted by: puck-101 | February 10, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Presidents Roosevelt & Johnson got the same if not more criticism & attacks from the right for Medicare and social security as President Obama is now getting over "Obamacare".

Obamacare is more feared than hated. Kinda like Martin Luther King. Today he is honored by all. Alive, he was publicly despised by coservatives. The reality is they feared what he was fighting for "equality" (historical right wing enemy). If he was alive he would be portrayed as the likes of Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan or even Rev. Wright. Don't believe me, ask your parents or anyone who was around at that time about the horrible things MLK was called.

"Obamacare" is feared not hated because it will be the legacy of the first black president and one more major accomplishment of the those darn Democrats. Just like all Americans feel at a certain age, Medicare & SS is a right, someday "Obamacare" will be a right demanded by all Americans.

So yes, "Embrace Obamacare" as tight as grandma embrace that SS check and Medicare card.

Posted by: facieg | February 10, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure, in retrospect, Ford Motor Company regrets naming its biggest bomb after Edsel Ford.

Posted by: beowulf_ | February 11, 2011 3:11 AM | Report abuse

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