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The left embraces the term “Obamacare” just in the nick of time

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For years now, we’ve been scolded for referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with the much more concise and much less Orwellian term “Obamacare.” If Obama is good, and this law is good, then obviously, combining the two into one handy term is bad.

Except now it’s suddenly good. Yay! The Hill:

Senior White House adviser David Plouffe predicted Sunday that Republicans will come to realize they made a big mistake by constantly calling the president’s sweeping healthcare reform law “ObamaCare.”

“I am convinced that at the end of this decade, Republicans are going to regret turning this into ‘ObamaCare,’” he said on Fox News Sunday.

The remarks come two days after Obama’s reelection campaign similarly embraced the term that conservatives have used to bash the healthcare statute that Democrats passed in 2010.

“Eat it, wingnuts! We’re takin’ back this word. Just like we took back the word ‘slut.’ Because, um… because it’s bad for you to say it.”

So now everybody agrees. “Obamacare” it is. And how’s it workin’ out for ’em? Associated Press:

Obamacare has a disastrous day in court

Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

Arguments at the high court focused on whether the mandate for virtually every American to have insurance “is a step beyond what our cases allow,” in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy…

The biggest issue, to which the justices returned repeatedly during two hours of arguments in a packed courtroom, was whether the government can force people to buy insurance. And if so, could other mandates — to buy broccoli, burial insurance and cellphones, for example — be far behind?

“Purchase insurance in this case, something else in the next case,” Roberts said…

Kennedy at one point said that allowing the government mandate would “change the relationship” between the government and U.S. citizens.

“Do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authorization under the Constitution” for the individual mandate? asked Kennedy.

Yeah! Obamacare! Woooooo!!!!

P.S. Schadenfreude is a very ugly emotion. Enjoy!

P.P.S. A note to our friends on the left: I know you’re feeling really anxious right now, but look on the bright side. If worst comes to worst, you can always call it Obamacared. He’ll always have that going for him.

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Jim Treacher