Issa sparks #ObamaCareInThreeWords Twitter fight with White House

The White House and congressional Republicans are finally talking to each other. Or at least fighting on Twitter.

As House Republicans gear up for a 37th vote to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) put out a call for pithy descriptions of the law:

Both conservatives and liberals weighed in. Then the White House got involved:

And Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) shot back:

Followed by House Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio):

More seriously, the administration used the hashtag to defend the legislation.

The spat is kind of a role reversal — often it's the White House that tries to push a hashtag and Republicans who seize on it and subvert the message.

But it also reflects what we know about Obamacare -- it's still very divisive, but it won't be repealed.

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