How “Obamacare” Frames the Debate

Here’s an ugly example of why supporters of the Patient Protection Act should avoid the term Obamacare:

As you can see, the term directs attention away from the law’s moral purposes and toward Barack Obama the man. Continuing to call the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Obamacare encourages this sort of thinking and behavior.

“The Nebraska Democratic Party believes that affordable, accessible, quality health care is a basic human right.”

The Nebraska Democratic Party is asking the candidate to pull this ad. While the party’s statement deplores the violence against an image of the president, it does not mention the party’s platform position on the moral issue of access to health insurance: that “affordable, accessible, quality health care is a basic human right” (p. 39).

I wish it would. Why isn’t this truth being shouted from the housetops? Do you know?

2 thoughts on “How “Obamacare” Frames the Debate”

  1. McCoy’s bullying tone is evident, even as he accuses the President of the same tactic. Reality is that it’ s the moral issue of caring for the poor that’s at stake. The PPA provides a way to extend coverage, but because it’ s a law passed by Democrats, led by a Black President, it must be resisted as tyranny. Democrats should call McCoy on both points.

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