The term “Obamacare” has been the clarion call of the American right. It is however, coming back to bite them in the ass.
Conservatives spit out the term “Obamacare” as often as possible, adorning it with simplistic rhetorical pejoratives:
“… we need to repeal job killing “Obamacare” and re-capture individual liberty…”
Obamacare the word, expresses the sound bite grievances of the Easy Rider rifle rack crowd. It says it all. It’s a secret handshake. It says “he’s a socialist, “ damn guv’ment, ” and “ he’s not like us”. And of course it’s ultimate appeal is its dog whistle racism, an implicit sharing of the “n” word.
But ubiquitous use of the word “Obamacare” is hoisting American conservatives on their own petards. “Obamacare”, the schoolyard taunt, will likely forever weld the Obama name to U.S. health care reform, much like Roosevelt’s name is synonymous with the New Deal.
It is 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 health insurance from huge private companies – whoopee!
But, (oh what the hell) , “Obamacare”, is at least a start – the first spark of recognition that health care is a collective responsibility, not to be left to the whim of the private market.
And let’s face it. Obamacare will not be repealed, by President Rand Paul or anyone else.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, it has saved them money and protected them from the vicious whims of private insurance companies.
Obamacare will then be embraced, like senior’s medicare. It will become as cherished as are health care systems in almost all developed countries. It will be changed, amended and improved and the corporate health care chokehold will be loosened. The shrill cry of “Obamacare” will lose its adolescent incisiveness.
A horrified American right wing has seen the writing on the wall too late. With horror, they will try to stop using the term Obamacare as they realize that its intended disdain is actually making President Obama an American health care super hero, rather than the fallen (black)( Kenyan),(socialist) warrrior they envisioned when they first so delightedly embraced the word.
History will judge Barak Obama as the first champion of civilized health care in the U.S.; and all because the looney 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 they come out of the American political oven.
I’ll start by hereafter calling the Affordable Health Care Act, “Obamacare” as often as possible, in order to speed up Mr. Obama’s imminent sainthood.