Hoyer: ‘I Wish I Hadn’t Called It Obamacare’

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House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during a news conference on immigration reform on Nov. 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during a news conference on immigration reform on Nov. 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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:

And the White House used the same hashtag during Obama’s economic speech Wednesday:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been using the “ACA” hashtag recently for health care tweets.

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