Not the act itself, of course. I’m sure Harris-Perry would agree with Pelosi that Obamacare’s been a “liberation” and a “freedom.” It was so good that they didn’t even need to read the bill before they passed it.
Harris-Perry was objecting to the term itself. But, see, if Obamacare had hypothetically been even a marginal success, we wouldn’t be hearing about how “wealthy white men” came up with the term “Obamacare” as a way to disparage the half-white President. If it had been a success, liberals would have completely embraced the term as their own.
But since it’s been a resounding failure, the term has become a racial slur. Here’s MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s heartfelt soliloquy:
I’m going 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.
President Obama has been labeled with this word by his opponents. And at first, he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieve, his opponents would fail in making their label stick.
But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word. A belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate.
And so he decided, “If you can’t beat ‘em, you gotta join ’em.” And he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: “If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.”
Ya’ll know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare.
Like I said, if Obamacare – excuse me, “Affordable” Care Act, had been a success, there would not be this sort of race-baiting talk. We wouldn’t hear anything about the label “Obamacare” being contrived by a bunch of wealthy, white men in order to demean a “black” man. So, in a sense, Harris-Perry is acknowledging that Obamacare is a failure.
It’s got his name on it, because it’s his signature “achievement.” He’s the one that pushed it hard. Before Obamacare’s failure was readily known and acknowledged, liberals would tell us that he got elected and re-elected on Obamacare. They were all proud of it and its media-hyped prospects.
Now that its failure is self-evident, they don’t like the label after all. And suddenly the GOP were the ones that invented Obamacare, and calling it Obamacare is racist.