The news media have to take some responsibility for what has been happening in Congress. Early on the GOP decided to call the Affordable Care Act Obamacare. This was meant to be a pejorative term and it worked well. Comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel proved that when he polled people to see what they thought of Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act. They hated the first, approved of the second.
A family member genuinely thought that Obamacare was an insurance like UPMC or Highmark and she is well-educated but doesn't delve into politics. I never thought to ask her what she thought of the Affordable Care Act. I think this misunderstanding has been reinforced by the media, including the Post-Gazette, which have freely used Obamacare instead of the proper name.
Like the madmen who go on shooting rampages, taking hostages and frequently committing suicide, the GOP went on an anti-ACA rampage, took the entire government hostage and harmed innocents, even the families of fallen heroes. And it may have committed suicide, too.
First Published October 15, 2013 8:00 PM