Steamboat Springs City Council member Sonya Macys criticized City Manager Jon Roberts for using “Obamacare” as a description of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I took a few minutes to check out public usage of the term Obamacare and had the following results:
■ New York Times articles on Google: 10
■ Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee articles on Google: 8
■ Latest issue of National Review: I stopped counting at 32
■ Congressional Budget Office: 18
■ United States Supreme Court articles on Google: 10
■ Democratic National Committee articles on Google: 9
I gave up after the above.
Macys’ outrage seems ludicrous when you look at the common usage. I suggest that Obamacare is now part of the language and will be an entry in the dictionary next year.