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Over the weekend, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry weighed in on the Affordable Care Act by saying that the term “Obamacare” was actually meant to be a “derogatory term,” conceived by “wealthy white men,” to put themselves above a black man and to diminish his accomplishments:

I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history—a word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean.

The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man; to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.

Harris-Perry said that Obama only embraced the term Obamacare because he realized that he would always be linked to this disparaging word by his opponents and a large segment of the American electorate, so he decided “if you can’t beat them, you gotta join them.”

And embrace the word he did. Since 2010, he has used the term dozens of times, only reverting back to the official name, the Affordable Care Act, after the botched website rollout in October.

Liberals have been playing the race card for the last five years as a way to deflect legitimate criticism of Obama by his opponents, but this accusation by Harris-Perry really takes the cake.

If she really believes that terms like “Obamacare” are derogatory and conceived by wealthy white men, then she must feel the same about the terms “Romneycare” and “Reaganomics” as well.

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