David Axelrod attempts to reclaim the term:
Can you imagine if the opposition called Social Security "Roosevelt Security"? Or if Medicare was "LBJ-Care"? Seriously, have these guys ever heard of the long view?
Finally, they're beginning to defend the president's core domestic achievement, after saving us from a potential economic depression. When the Dish debated the use of the word a couple years ago, a reader made a related point:
As a liberal who advocated for the PPACA and supports it, I have no problem with calling it "Obamacare." In fact, in my more optimistic moments, I hope that when it becomes as entrenched as Medicare, conservatives will end up regretting making Obama's name an integral part of the program. Can you imagine a Republican campaigning against a Democrat for having supported $500bn in "Obamacare cuts" in 20 years? I don't know about you, but the thought tickles me.
Kevin Drum shrugs:
We have Pell grants and Roth IRAs, so why not Obamacare? Like it or not, that's what everyone calls it, and it's the only widely recognized name that PPACA has. What's more, I never thought of it as an insult in the first place. The masses have spoken, and Obamacare it is.