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Dems Object to Use of Term ‘Obamacare’ in Congressional Mass Mailings

By Doug Powers  •  October 26, 2011 07:58 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Florida Rep. and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz believes the term Obamacare pretty much amounts to congressional blasphemy, so it’s not surprising that Democrats don’t want Republicans to use it in any mass mailings.

The DNC must have wired a focus group and discovered that their blood pressure jumped higher than Nate Robinson when they heard the term Obamac… er, that word:

In the latest battle in the Congressional franking wars, Democrats have been vetoing use of the word “Obamacare” in taxpayer-financed mass mailings, saying it violates rules against using the franking privilege for “personal, partisan or political reasons.”

Their objections are irking Republicans as the calendar advances toward the 2012 elections.

“It’s telling that Democrats are fearful of taking ownership of the president’s signature piece of legislation,” a GOP House aide said. “The White House and Congressional Democrats exhausted all of their political capital and a Congressional majority to move the bill across the finish line and into law. You would think given how much it cost them, that they would embrace the end result and proudly attach the president’s name to it at every opportunity.”

“You know, if it was popular they’d be all about calling it Obamacare,” another Republican source added.

Instead of “Obamacare,” can they write “the health care bill you’re totally gonna love that dare not speak its name”? Didn’t think so. And I’m guessing “The **Affordable Care Act as co-authored by the honorable Anthony Weiner (now 100% CLASS-free)” is a total non-starter.

What’s the big deal, anyway? President Obama himself has no objection to the term:

**Written by Doug Powers

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