Rich Galen

As you know, one of the reasons I own that Ceratotherium simum cottoni label is because I believe we are the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet and we should not have people begging for health care at the hospital door.

I just don't think Obamacare is the right way to do it.

Democrats have dropped the term "Obamacare" in favor of "the ACA" or the "Affordable Care Act." They have chosen to forget that President Obama - before the signup system collapsed last Fall - had himself adopted "Obamacare" as the name of his program.

When a Liberal insists that the name of the program is not "Obamacare" but the "ACA" I respond that the full title is the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" and if they can abbreviate it to the "ACA" than I can abbreviate it to "Obamacare."

I have also made many friends by referring to it as Public Law 111-148, which lacks a certain warmth.

During the election of 2012 the Obama campaign was shockingly unfair in its claims that Gov. Mitt Romney was responsible for Bain Capital closing businesses and throwing people out of work even though the actions occurred years after he had left the company.

In one commercial a worker claimed Romney was responsible for his wife dying of cancer.

If that was sauce for Democrats in the election of 2012, then Republicans have a perfect right to repeat what the CBO wrote, without spending valuable air time explaining the details of how it came to its conclusions, in the election of 2014.

Democrats running for election or re-election to the Senate know that Obamacare is likely to continue to be an anchor attached to their campaigns. Gallup polled public sentiment about Obamacare and found a 10 percentage point deficit: 51 percent say they disapprove, only 41 percent approve.

And the Gallup organization, yesterday, had President Obama's overall approval rating well underwater at 40-51.

The headline of the McClatchy piece may be the anthem of the mid-term elections for Republicans:

Obamacare: The Gift that Keeps on Giving


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.