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Owning Up to "Obamacare"

April 5, 2012 - Joselyn King
It's healthy to own up to one's actions and accept accountability -- especially when you're a politician.

That's why it was a good thing last week when President Barack Obama's re-election campaign finally accepted ownership of the "Obamacare" title associated with the health care reform legislation.

The campaign has started an "I Like Obamacare" on-line petition. "Say you like 'Obamacare' -- and you want everyone to know," the petition asks as it requests supporters enter their e-mails and zip codes. (Presumably for future fundraising requests.)

The issue here isn't whether the health care reform is good or bad -- just that the Obama campaign is owning up to it. They are taking back the "Obamacare" title and giving it their own definition, just as Republicans have attached to the term negative connotations.

I was taken aback recently when I called the campaign of former U.S. Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio, who voted in favor of Obamacare in 2010. His campaign manager said the campaign wouldn't say anything regarding the second anniversary of Obamacare.

Why not if you truly believe the policy you supported is correct?


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