The most puzzling of all the decisions that went into the legislative maneuvering that gave us the benighted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act a year ago today was, why no acronym-inviting title? You would have thought if Congress was going to so dramatically expand the federal government’s control of health care and insurance, it would embrace a grandiose, if forced, title that would give us an acronym for the ages.
You know, like the PATRIOT Act, or RICO, or last year’s SPEECH Act (Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act). Give the law a name to remember it by.
No such luck. Democrats and other supporters usually drop the “Patient Protection” part to refer to the law as simply by the anodyne Affordable Care Act. Republicans deride it as Obamacare.
Such a missed opportunity for truth in acronymization. Is it too late? If not …
- The HEALTH Act — Helping Eliminate Affordable, Life-extending Treatments, Hospitalization Act
- The NANNY Act — The Not Affordable, Nope, Not Yet Act
- ABCDE Act — A Bill that Cost Democrats Election Act
Oh well. Some good commentary as the anniversary festivities subside…
- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), a manufacturer, Wall Street Journal, “ObamaCare and Carey’s Heart: My daughter probably wouldn’t have survived in a system where bureaucrats stifle innovation and ration care.”
- Heritage Foundation, The Foundry blog, “Obamacare’s Failed First Year“
- Dr. Jason Fodeman and Dr. David Gratzer, The Washington Times, “Obamacare: One year later –Stripping patients and doctors of authority over care“
- Joe Trauger, National Association of Manufacturers, Shopfloor blog, “Health Care Law at One Year: Little Protection, Not So Affordable”
- Editorial, Washington Examiner, “Obamacare is even worse than critics thought“