Who deserves the blame for Obamacare? The answer is in the name, and that is the redeeming beauty of a word that sounds as unpleasant and bureaucratic as the law it describes.
In The New York Times, there is an article about how Democrats, who have long lamented the name Obamacare, have realized they have no choice but to accept it. Americans will never call the law by its official name, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, perhaps because, as many have pointed out, it neither protects patients nor makes care affordable.
While the expression Obamacare pins the blame, the question remains who deserves credit for popularizing the name. Of course, it owes something to the wordsmiths who coined Hillarycare during the 1990s. But according to The New York Times article, a writer at The Atlantic magazine has isolated the first time a politician uttered the word Obamacare. It happened in September 2007, and the man was "none other than former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the Republican then as now running for president."