Pardon the Outdated-Seeming Question, But…

…among those of us who support Obamacare, did we ever reach a consensus as to whether “Obamacare” is a derogatory term? I ask because last year, in the course of reporting out some editorial for the Globe, I dropped the term in conversation with a researcher at a left-leaning think tank and got slightly chewed out for it. But more recently, I’ve heard people use it in a positive way, and it just rolls off the tongue (or fingers) way smoother than “health care reform” or “the Affordable Care Act.”

I don’t like the idea of what should be a neutral term becoming off-limits simply because reform opponents use it negatively, but on the other hand I just had a late lunch of a convenience-store soft pretzel (700 calories, 94% of my daily sodium… USA! USA!), so I’m probably not qualified to comment on anything related to health care.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.