The last time Obama spoke publicly about the ACA was last week in New Orleans and he was referring to it as “Obamacare,” he also predicted Republicans would “stop calling it Obamacare” after the law started “working really well.”
November 08, 2013 (White House transcript):
Now, I know that’s — I know health care is controversial, so there’s only going to be so much support we get on that on a bipartisan basis — until it’s working really well, and then they’re going to stop calling it Obamacare. (Laughter and applause.) They’re going to call it something else.
One thing, though, I was talking to your mayor and your governor about, though, is a separate issue, which is one of the things that the Affordable Care Act does is allow states to expand Medicaid to cover more of their citizens. (Applause.)
And here in Louisiana, that would benefit about 265,000 people. And already you’ve seen states — Arkansas has covered — taken this up, and they’re covering almost 14 percent of their uninsured. Republican governors in states like Ohio and Nevada, Arizona, they’re doing it, too. Oregon has already reduced the number of uninsured by about 10 percent. And some of these folks opposed Obamacare, but they did support helping their citizens who can’t get coverage.
Take a wild guess which word never passed Obama’s lips during today’s press conference? Yup, Obamacare. Instead he reverted back to calling it the Affordable Care Act.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody — or good afternoon. Today I want to update the American people on our efforts to implement and improve the Affordable Care Act. And I’ll take a couple of your questions. [...]
Switching gears, it has now been six weeks since the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces opened for business. I think it’s fair to say that the rollout has been rough so far, and I think everybody understands that I’m not happy about the fact that the rollout has been, you know, wrought with a whole range of problems that I’ve been deeply concerned about. [...]
Another 396,000 have the ability to gain access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. That’s been less reported on, but it shouldn’t be. You know, Americans who are having a difficult time, who are poor, many of them working, may have a disability, they’re Americans like everybody else. And the fact that they are now able to get insurance is going to be critically important. Later today I’ll be in Ohio, where Governor Kasich, a Republican, has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and as many as 275,000 Ohioans will ultimately be better off because of it. And if every governor followed suit, another 5.4 million Americans could gain access to health care next year.