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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Biden embraces ‘Obamacare’


“This will be blunt:” read the subject line of an e-mail from “Joe Biden.” And it certainly lived up to its advanced billing. “This isn’t hyperbole or exaggeration,” wrote the man who knows the difference between the two. “If we don’t win this election, it will be because we didn’t close the spending gap when we could.” Yes, it was a blunt appeal for money as the clock ticks towards the latest filing deadline. But there was something else in the e-mail that took me surprise and pleasantly I might add.

Continuing his appeal, the vice president notes that voters have a choice between “two very different men.” Then he illustrated his point.

And the only way someone like Mitt Romney — who’s asking Americans to put him in charge of their taxes while refusing to come clean about his own, who wants to repeal Obamacare, end Medicare as we know it and give more tax breaks to billionaires who don’t need them — defeats someone like Barack Obama, is if the other side spends us into oblivion.

That’s right, Biden used term “Obamacare.” The term is hated by many Democrats and progressives because of the way it has been spit out as a pejorative ever since President Obama started the political bruising effort to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Since March, the reelection effort has tried to take the sting out of the term. But I’ve been advocating since Feb. 2011 for folks to embrace “Obamacare.” It stemmed from a comment made on “Morning Joe” by host Joe Scarborough.

“If you’re so proud of [the health-care law],” Scarborough asked, “then why are you ashamed to be attached to it?” I said then and still say that he had a good point. It’s by no means perfect. But what we are calling “Obamacare” has been a long-sought goal of the Democratic Party for decades. You don’t hear Republicans squawking about the sound of “Reaganomics.” So, get over your discomfort with the term “Obamacare.” If Obama and Biden have no problem embracing it why should you?

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