Pelosi: It’s the Affordable Care Act, not Obamacare

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vehemently corrected a reporter who used the term “Obamacare” at a press conference Thursday, insisting that the correct term for the law is the “Affordable Care Act.”

A reporter asked, “In the current environment in a swing district, is Obamacare a winner or a loser politically?”

Pelosi replied, “I believe that it’s a winner,” and then went into a dissertation on why it should be called by the its proper name.

“It’s called the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Affordable Care Act. I know you didn’t intend any compliment or derogatory — it’s called the Affordable Care Act, and the Affordable Care Act, when people know what it is and see what it means to them, and that’s the case that we have to make.”

The reporter pointed out that President Barack Obama himself had used that phrase. “I actually like the name,” the president said in 2012.

“And I tell him the same thing I told you,” Pelosi said laughing. “Affordable. Affordable. There’s a reason –affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. The reason they changed the name of it is because they wanted to get away, the opponents, from the word affordable. And that’s why I’m patient with some of these comments, whatever it is, it’s infinitely more affordable than the path that we’re on without it.”

Watch her comments for yourself, courtesy of the Free Beacon. Points if you can keep track of the number of times she says “affordable.”


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