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As Van Jones defends the word ‘Obamacare,’ Dems and leftists won’t comment

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

President Barack Obama’s former “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, currently a staffer at the left-wing Center for American Progress, used and defended the term “Obamacare” Wednesday evening on Twitter. Jones said that “Obamacare is WORKING,” when retweeting a House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi comment – she claimed that “being a woman” is no longer considered a pre-existing condition because of the president’s health care overhaul.

In a follow-up tweet, Jones defended his use of the term saying he “never condemned it,” that “normal folks don’t know what ‘#ACA’ [the Affordable Care Act] is,” and that “Obama’s good” and “care’s good,” so, “why run from the term? Luv it!”

Use of the word “Obamacare” has caused rifts between the left and the right in Congress and in the media – and some news organization, like ABC News, stopped using it after complaints. ABC News’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper told The Daily Caller he chose not to use “Obamacare” because it had a sort of negative connotation attached to it. “I generally try to avoid using terms that are considered pejorative and distract from the information I’m reporting,” Tapper said in an e-mail to TheDC.

Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently said using the word “Obamacare” on the House floor was a violation of House rules because it is “disparaging” of the president.

Through a spokesman, Wasserman Schultz refused to comment when TheDC asked if Jones’s use of “Obamacare” validates the term.

Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, said “teabaggers” who have signs with the word “Obamacare” indicate whether they are racist or not. In a media appearance on the left-wing Bill Press Radio Show, Waters called on journalists to “be all over” Tea Party rallies to look for racism.

“What I’m looking for is the very people who carry the signs who are referring to the policies in very, very strange ways like ‘Obamacare’ and ‘Barry Obamacare with Kennedy,’” she said.

A spokesman for Waters did not immediately respond to TheDC’s request for comment as to whether Jones, who is black, was a racist for using the term, “Obamacare,” and whether the term’s usage is now acceptable.

A spokeswoman for the left-wing Center for American Progress told TheDC the think tank doesn’t take a position one way or the other regarding the use of the term, “Obamacare.”

A spokeswoman for the left-wing advocacy blog Media Matters for America, which has suggested using “Obamacare” is an attack on the president’s healthcare overhaul, did not return TheDC’s requests for comment.

  • ladylove

    I too, like your articles Mr. Boyle,

    wish more journalist would not be afraid to come to the point, and tell it like it is, as you do.

    Ms Waters has the nerve to use the term teabaggers, but screams racism when someone uses the term we white/nonblacks are not allowed to say, but must identify only by it’s first letter, The N word,

    but it is ok when she does it, her not being racists, or anything

    Ms Waters, and Mr Van Jones, show exactly who they are, they are not fooling anyone, save themselves.

  • kolaboy

    Q-Ball strikes again

  • truebearing

    Considering that Obama is killing the economy and destroying health care, we should call him the Mortician-In-Chief. Given that his Affordable Care Act is nothing but a matrix of death panels, we should call it Embalm-A-Care.

    Afford our care? He clearly lied
    He’ll feed us all formaldehyde

  • WMD

    I prefer “Zero CAIR” (not a typo) or “obama Trauma”

  • virginiagentleman

    Rep. Maxine Waters can do what even Van Jones can’t. She has the superhuman ability to spot racism under every rock, behind every tree, on any sign, maybe even in the clouds. Another superpower she has is the ability to call for censorship of those she disagrees with, even if it doesn’t SEEM racist. Perhaps Mrs. Waters hasn’t read that ever so pesky thing we refer to as the First Amendment…You know the one I mean, that Freedom of Speech thingy, where EVERYONE can express their point of view, not just Maxine, but all of us. Or is the First Amendment racist too, Maxine? Strangely enough, the only place her superpowers don’t work, is when she looks in the mirror.

    • designerrant

      Very good! haha

    • Matthew Boyle

      virginiagentleman — Your comment literally had me laughing out loud in The Daily Caller offices this afternoon. Thank you so much — I tried finding a way to tweet it, too, but couldn’t short enough. Thanks!

      • virginiagentleman

        If I brought a bit of humor to you, consider it a small return for your thought provoking articles which I greatly enjoy, along with my thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jay-Smith/100002098041765 Jay Smith

      I showed your comment to Rep. Waters… she said your username “virginagentleman” is code for “slave owner”
      (kidding of course!)

  • riseabove

    Wasserman Schultz refused to comment. LMAO! Thanks for the chuckle, Matt!

    • Matthew Boyle

      riseabove – Not a problem. Wasn’t an intended outcome, but I figured I’d call both Congresswomen’s offices and see what they had to see. Was definitely not surprised though when one refused comment and the other didn’t return my request. Interesting. Thanks!

  • surfcitysocal

    Darn those racist “normal” folks who are too stupid to know what the PPACA is. If they would only go and crawl back under their racist rocks, then all us Harvard and Yale grads, and fellow intellectuals and elitists could go about building our socialist utopia unimpeded.

  • votersofny

    Another one of Obozo’s clowns. Jones and blacks like him, Sharpton, Jackson et al are the reason that blacks and whites are getting further apart than ever. Obozo was supposed to bring us all together but he has done the complete opposite.

  • redrobin2580

    I prefer the term Obamicide.

  • Joe Astroturf

    Van Jones you commie put you in my song.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    When he lost his commie czar it must have knocked off his sox
    theirs actually someone reporting news but its only Fox
    he still has another czar Chavez loving lloyd
    he’s busy trying to make free speech null and void