Hoyer: ‘I Wish I Hadn’t Called It Obamacare’
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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer regrets calling President Barack Obama’s signature health care law “Obamacare.”
“I wish I hadn’t called it ‘Obamacare’ before, because that has politicized it and has been used by Republicans as a pejorative term,” Hoyer told reporters, according to McClatchy DC.
Hoyer added: “I don’t know that we need to re-brand the Affordable Care Act. We do need to say it is the Affordable Care Act.”
Despite Hoyer’s reservations about referring to the law as “Obamacare,” the Twitter accounts of President Barack Obama – run by Organizing for Action – and the White House still use an Obamacare hashtag.
The president’s account used the Obamacare hashtag Tuesday night in a tweet:
Retweet if you’re glad insurance companies can no longer put lifetime limits on people’s coverage. #Obamacare
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 3, 2013
And the White House used the same hashtag during Obama’s economic speech Wednesday:
President Obama: “100 million Americans…gained the right to free preventive care like mammograms and contraception.” #Obamacare
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 4, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been using the “ACA” hashtag recently for health care tweets.