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Progressives Launch 'Thanks Obamacare' Campaign, Embracing Putdown

Oct 24, 2011

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Frank James

Some defenders of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have decided that if you can't beat them, join them, at least when it comes to the term "Obamacare" so often used as an epithet by the new law's opponents.

A couple of progressive groups in Colorado have launched a campaign called "Thanks Obamacare" to focus attention on provisions of the law they believe should be widely hailed.

Among its "10 reasons to thank Obamacare..." the groups cite the law's ban on the old insurance industry practice of dropping people with pre-existing conditions as well as the provision that allows children up to 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance.

An excerpt from The Denver Post's The Spot blog in which a spokeswoman for one of the groups explains the effort:

"We want to take 'Obamacare' back from the anti-reform naysayers because the reality is healthcare reform has been a huge boost to Colorado families," said Serena Woods, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. "Obamacare is making it easier and more affordable for families and elders to get the healthcare they need, when they need it."

The Hill notes that President Obama has appeared to at least tentatively embrace the term Obamacare himself in an attempt to transform it from a pejorative to something positive. But the new campaign takes it a step further.

Not surprisingly, there's an attempt to co-opt the co-opters. The Twitter hashtag #thanksObamacare which the liberal groups have asked those who agree with them to use has drawn opponents, too. Tweep Peter CWI tweeted:

... #thanksobamacare for enslaving our children and grandchildren with debt and spending money the country does not have.

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