The term “Obamacare” is the clarion call of the American right. It may however, come back and bite them in the ass.
The right spits out the term “Obamacare” as often as possible, adorning it with simplistic rhetorical platitudes.
“… we need to repeal job killing “Obamacare” and re-capture our liberty…”
Obamacare the word, expresses the sound bite grievances of the Easy Rider rifle rack crowd. It says it all. It’s like a secret handshake. It says “he’s a socialist, “I hate government,” and “ he’s not like us”.
And of course it’s ultimate appeal is as an implicit sharing of the “n” word, like “eeny meeny miny moe, catch a tiger (wink wink) by the toe…”
But its ubiquitous use may ultimately hoist American conservatives on their own petard. “Obamacare”, the schoolyard taunt, will likely forever weld the Obama name to U.S. health care reform much like Roosevelt’s name is singularly embossed on the New Deal.
It’s painfully obvious that the right is on the wrong side of history in this debate. The Affordable Care Act ( Obamacare) is nothing, a pittance of a reform to the rest of the civilized world.
A requirement that all Americans buy private health insurance – whoopee!
But, (oh what the hell) , “Obamacare”, is at least a start – the first spark of recognition that health care is something to be addressed collectively, not left to the whim of the market.
And let’s face it. Obamacare will not be repealed, by President Romney or anyone else. It will be impossible to unravel, and while trying to do so, Americans will discover that not only has Obamacare not made the sky fall, but it has saved them money and somewhat protected them from the heretofore vicious whims of private insurance companies.
Obamacare will be then embraced, like senior’s medicare. It will become as cherished as are health care systems in almost all other developed countries. It will be changed, amended and improved, the corporate health care chokehold will be loosened and the shrill cry of “Obamacare” will lose its adolescent incisiveness.
A horrified American right wing will see the writing on the wall far too late. With horror, they will stop using the term Obamacare as they realize that its intended rhetorical disdain is actually immortalizing President Obama as an American health care super hero, rather than a fallen (black)( Kenyan), socialist warrior.
And so, history will judge Barak Obama as the single-handed champion of civilized health care in the U.S.; and all because the looney Republican right wing bludgeoned the country with the term “Obamacare” so often and for so long.
The irony is delicious and I for one will savour each inevitable morsel as it comes out of the American political oven.
I’ll start by calling the Affordable Health Care Act, “Obamacare” as often as I possibly can, in order to speed up Mr. Obama’s imminent health care sainthood.