The PJ Tatler

Sebelius Says Obamacare Just Needs a New Name

 

It’s not the higher premiums. Not the fact that Americans are losing their doctors or that they’re being forced onto plans they don’t like — including Medicaid. It’s not even that the website launch made users think they’d time-traveled back to the land of CompuServe, circa 1991.

No, says former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the real problem with the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — is the name.

In an interview with POLITICO Wednesday Sebelius said that “Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising.”

Insisting that Obamacare is working, Sebelius said, “I think we may need to call it something … in the future … different.”

Just a simple branding problem, right? Like that time Kentucky Fried Chicken removed “fried” from their name at a time when consumers were shifting to more health-conscious food choices.

Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid asked the Twitterverse to help the former HHS secretary with new names for their beloved government healthcare. Here are a few gems:

https://twitter.com/GomesBolt/status/542856901491306497

https://twitter.com/Criblecobble/status/542858535483478017

https://twitter.com/Browncoat_Atty/status/542857744525819905

https://twitter.com/Beefsteak101/status/542858021819678720

https://twitter.com/AdamBaldwin/status/542866914838462464

https://twitter.com/habib2001/status/542860293815427073

Alas, some skeptics and eternal pessimists on Twitter mocked the idea that a new name would be able to cure all that ails the Affordable Care Act:

https://twitter.com/AdmiralAckbar3/status/543133741049462784

 

In my opinion, this guy wins Twitter and should have the honor of renaming Obamacare:

 

 

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