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January 06, 2011

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These are the people that Obama sold out to on taxes -- because we needed to be "bi-partisan." Yeah, right.

Why are you falling into the Republican meme trap of terming the health care bill "Obamacare"?

It is the "Affordable Care Act of 2010", which is why my insurance premiums were raised by my insurance company by 37% on January 1st. The insurance companies are squeezing us for every penny they can before they have less ability to do so if they want to compete. Republicans seem to have no problems with 37% premium hikes.

Daniel, I used to call the legislation "health care reform bill," or such. But then I realized that a big part of my motivation for doing so was, as you said, that critics of the bill were calling it "Obamacare."

As if that was something bad, something to be ashamed about -- that Obama was behind it.

I've come to the conclusion that progressives/Democrats should embrace the term "Obamacare." We should be proud that President Obama championed this legislation, while recognizing that it is imperfect and needs to be improved.

Hopefully more and more Americans will come to realize how many good things are in the reform legislation, and what our country would lose if the Republicans succeeded in repealing it. Then, "Obamacare" will become even more of a positive term, and perhaps even a key to his reelection in 2012.

"The Greatest Country On Earth"? No where else in any other "non third world" country do you have to worry that if you get sick or hurt, do you go broke and lose everything. Boehner makes everyone with a brain sick. Thanks for the post.

I completely disagree. "Obamacare" is solidly associated with everything opponents see as an overreach of government and Obama's supposed socialist agenda. No amount of repeating the word will co-opt the term and associate it will a positive spin. It continues to put the focus on Obama, and not on what the bill is about: covering 32 million more Americans and providing consumer protections against an insurance industry that has run amok.

Politifact.com has named the Republican claims that the affordable health care plan is a "Government Takeover" as the ** 2010 Lie of the Year **. Rep. Steve Cohen discussed the Politifact finding on the House floor and rightly admonished John Boehner's Bible thumping Republicans for "Bearing False Witness"
See it here: http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/jan/07/lie-year-generates-more-discussion/

I am starting to conclude that Republicans *ONLY* lie; they never seem to say anything factual that is of any use to the country.

Case in point, their "job crushing" (formerly job killing) numbers.

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/18/boehner-job-killing-health-care_n_810298.html

"What follows is a story of how statistics get used and abused in Washington.

What CBO actually said is that the impact of the health care law on supply and demand for labor would be small. Most of it would come from people who no longer have to work, or can downshift to less demanding employment, because insurance will be available outside the job."

Repeat: *** People who feel they have to work now to get health insurance can get health insurance on their own outside of a job, so they will no longer feel forced to work ***

Republican translation:

"The legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor used in the economy by a small amount _roughly half a percent_ primarily by reducing the amount of labor that workers CHOOSE to supply," budget office number crunchers said in a report from last year.

That's not how it got translated in the new report from Boehner and other top Republicans.

CBO "has determined that the law will reduce the 'amount of labor used in the economy by.roughly half a percent.,' an estimate that adds up to roughly 650,000 jobs lost," the GOP version said."


Repeat: **** Republicans translated jobs left because workers no longer feel forced to work to jobs lost, which is a lie ****

Where is the Republican plan to increase jobs in the United States?

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