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August 30, 2012

Obama, and now staff, embrace "Obamacare"

The word was considered a slur against President Obama's health care plan, bandied about by critics on the right who oppose the Affordable Health Care Act. But Obama for months has been embracing the term, saying he doesn't mind it because "I do care."

And today, Press Secretary Jay Carney -- as he refuted Paul Ryan's claim that the health care plan robbed from Medicare -- took his boss's lead, saying that as Obama said Wednesday, the health care plan, "affectionately known as Obamacare," would strength Medicare. All told he uttered the word four times.

"What the savings in the health care reform act, the -- Obamacare achieved is -- has been judged by (the Congressional Budget Office) and others to have extended the life of Medicare by eight years," Carney said. "Repealing Obamacare would bring insolvency eight years sooner."


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