The battle over whether or not we’re allowed to call the Affordable Care Act “ObamaCare” has been going on for years now. The latest edition comes from CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, who tweets:
“I know I’m fine with calling it Obamacare. The president’s fine with it,” said @PressSec at today’s press briefing.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 2, 2013
There are, of course, legitimate reasons to believe words matter. As Jimmy Kimmel demonstrated, people are more likely to say they prefer the ACA to ObamaCare.
At a recent “BuzzFeed Brews” event, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi noted that “Everyone may not like Obama, but everyone loves affordable.” She then added, “I love them both.”
As I mentioned, this has been going on for a long time. Back in 2010, Jack Tapper (then at ABC News) announced he would no longer use “ObamaCare” on his blog because “[s]ome find that term pejorative.”