Facing opposition from the left and the right, the White House is running scare from the GOP Obamacare replacement bill.
Back in 2008, Republicans dubbed the Democrats’ healthcare overhaul “Obamacare.” Then president Obama embraced the nickname, because “he cares about the American people.”
Now, opponents of the GOP’s American Health Care Act are trying to pin the bill on Donald Trump by calling it “Trumpcare.” Well, that’s not sitting well with president Trump.
But Trumpcare seems to be the tag of choice for many Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the bill “Trumpcare” on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The Trump administration, however, has pushed back on the name. White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway pushed for the use of the official name instead of “Trumpcare” during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.
“I’ll call it Trumpcare if you want to, but I didn’t hear President Trump say to any of us, ‘Hey, I want my name on that,'” Conway said. “We’re happy it is the American Health Care Act. This is serious stuff. This isn’t branding according to someone’s name.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price also deferred when asked whether he would call the bill “Trumpcare” at a White House press briefing on Tuesday, saying he would “let others provide a description for it” and that he liked “Patientcare” better.
Right-leaning websites, including Breitbart, have pinned the “Ryancare” label on the AHCA because of reasons stemming from discontent — they do not think the bill goes far enough in repealing Obamacare.
As the bill progresses through the House and Senate, it remains to be seen which of the names — if any — will stick.
We are calling it “Trumpcare.”