House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has used the term “Obamacare” in the past, chided a reporter at her weekly press conference on Thursday for using the term:
Reporter: The three “Obamacare” bills on the floor tomorrow in the House, some Democrats have indicated they might be open to supporting them. How strongly are you pushing members to vote against them? And does it start to become a sign of weakening support if more Democrats –
Pelosi: Absolutely not. First of all, it’s called the “Affordable Care Act.” If that’s what you’re referencing, yeah, they are going after the Affordable Care Act.
Testy, testy. Democrats have been running from Obamacare—a term which President Obama has used to describe his health care plan—ever since the botched rollout in October. It is a clear effort to distance themselves from the unpopular program in an election year, without much luck. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying, as Pelosi demonstrated.