'Obamacare' reclaimed by Democrats!

'Obamacare' reclaimed by Democrats!

Washington : DC : USA | Mar 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM PDT
Views: Pending
Health And Insurance - How To Get Private UK Health Insurance

In a shrewd political turnabout, the Obama presidential campaign is embracing the previously pejorative connotation of the term “Obamacare” that the Republicans have owned. Democrats are reclaiming it as a campaign slogan. In the 1950s Eisenhower supporters had “ I Like Ike” buttons, and in 2012 Obama devotees will be sporting T-shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers with “I like Obamacare.”

On Friday, President Barack Obama said he's reclaiming the moniker for those who like the law. "Happy birthday to Obamacare: two years in, the Affordable Care Act is making millions of Americans’ lives better every day," in a message from the president's Twitter feed on Friday, the two-year anniversary of his signing of the insurance-expansion law. Then he tweeted: "If you're proud of Obamacare and tired of the other side using it as a dirty word, complete this sentence: #ILikeObamacare because…"

The new campaign strategy comes on the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning arguments on Monday March 26, 2012 on the constitutionality of the mandate requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance with or without the aid of government subsidies, or pay a fee assessed on their federal income tax.

While the mandate is considered unpopular to some mainly because it is a mandate, it is necessary in order to spread the costs of health care among all citizens, not merely those who are ill or elderly. It ensures that women are covered equally, the 32 million uninsured will now have access to affordable insurance, and that insurance companies cannot use pre-existing conditions to determine coverage or fees.

Some health insurance companies are taking a pro-active approach and moving forward with meeting the standards of the new health care law. Aetna, one of the-largest health insurance companies in the country, said it was moving forward with innovations such as "accountable care organizations" that reward medical professionals for providing preventive care rather than stepping in only when someone gets sick. More than 200 doctors in the Aetna network get paid more when they can show they have regularly reached out to patients to manage their health.

On Monday through Wednesday next week four arguments will be presented in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine the fate of the health care law mandate, according to Cantor and Seton Hall law professor John V. Jacobi.

"It is unlikely the entire Affordable Care Act will go away," Jacobi said. "I suspect much of the Affordable Care Act will continue. What Congress and the executive branch will do if portions of the statute are stricken remain to be seen.” Jacobi's comments were originally reported by nj.com.


If you like writing about U.S. politics and the 2012 campaign, enter "The American Pundit" competition. Allvoices is awarding four $250 prizes each month between now and November. These monthly winners earn eligibility for the $5,000 grand prize, to be awarded after the November election.

1 of 25
campaign slogan 2012
Democrats reclaim the moniker "Obamacare."
Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • U.S. health reform law two years old and still a heated debate

      Contra Costa Times
    But amid all the uncertainty, California is aggressively implementing the landmark legislation. The state is moving to expand coverage for low-income people, provide added help for those with serious medical conditions and set up a new insurance "...
  • Obama faces court crunch over health laws

      Daily News & Analysis
    They are six men and three women, aged between 51 and 79, and two of them have been in the same job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. They and their predecessors have handed down decisions that have changed the course of US history, from...
  • Health care law: A glossary

      USA Today
    Adverse selection A situation in which a health insurer is unable to recover in premiums enough money to cover the risk posed by the insured people. Community rating A rule that limits how much health insurers can vary premiums within a community...
  • In Health Case, Combustible Mix Of Politics And Law

      National Public Radio
    The 24 Republican governors, along with the GOP attorneys general in two states with Democratic governors, further argue that if the court kills the mandate, the entire law must die with it. "You can't just carve it out of the bill," former Florida...
  • Supreme Court goes way beyond health care

      Belleville News-Democrat
    A new citation Monday will join the roll call of landmark cases argued before the U.S...Florida will be among the most important in American history. "This kind of case only comes along once in a generation," said G. Michael Fenner, a constitutional...
  • 3 epic days: Health care law reaches high court

      USA Today
    The reputation of the Supreme Court and legacy of its chief justice...All that and more could be at stake today when the Supreme Court begins three days of historic oral arguments on a 2010 health care law that has become a symbol of the nation's...





More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.