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Is "Obamacare" a disparaging reference to POTUS? Debbie Wasserman Schultz says yes

The Broward congresswoman took offense Friday when House Republicans debating a GOP amendment to stop paying for the new health care overhaul railed against it as "Obamacare."

She stood to interupt one speaker, calling for a "parlimentary inquiry," but Rep. Tom Graves got to finish. When he was done, Wasserman Schultz asked the presiding officer whether the House members had violated a House rule that bars them from making "disparaging" remarks about the president.

She noted that they had referred to the officially titled, Affordable Care Act, as "Obamacare: "That is a disparaging reference to the president of the United States," she said. "It is meant as a disparaging reference to the president of the United States. It is clearly in violation of the House rule against that."

The presiding officer said he wouldn't rule on a "hypothetical," but added, he would "urge all members to refrain from engaging in personalities or descriptions about personalities in general."

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Manny

Hilarious! If it was a great program, it would be complimentary to have the president's name associated with it. But since the healthcare bill has turned into a boondoggle and has failed to gain any public support, Obama, Wassermen Shultz, and other Democrats are now trying to distance themselves from it as much as possible. Lol!

George

Schultz and zero are disparaging comments on Washington.

Art

I don't believe Republicans refer to Social Security as "Roosevelt Security". It's worse than an insult. Obamacare, the birthers, States righters, Et Al are just coding their racism. Is Haley Barbour for real? By raising false issues they can safely mask their bigotry. They've learned to use coded racism for their base. They don't step back until someone calls them out on it. Then the they issue a weak apology. But their real audience got the message on the first go round. It's time the real media (Fox Views excepted) jump on this.

John

but "Reaganomics" is Ok...or "The Bush Tax Cuts"...

Art

Neither one has any hidden racist meaning. Even Reagan's treasury secretary, David Stockman, confirmed they were blowing smoke back in the 80s. Get real, They're trying to "starve the beast" and bust all unions, eliminate social Security, public schools Let's see if you keep your job when one million government workers get laid off causing a worsening of the recession. The Repubs bust the budget with 800 million in tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% of this nation, then tell us "we're broke, SO BE IT". I noticed you didn't dispute the true racism of the comments.

Art

Also, when those one million government workers lose their jobs, lets see if they don't stop paying local property taxes, start going bankrupt, into foreclosure, and on the unemployment rolls. Last I looked government workers are AMERICANS. Obamas' Affordable Care Act, its' correct name, gives us a chance to start cleaning up health care. I said START. I've got the true solution to affordable health care. Everybody drop their insurance and just head to the emergency rooms for some free government health care. Oh, I forgot some private hospitals are already refusing to accept the uninsured and sending the to county hospitals. Those hospitals are going broke so I guess we should all buy a set of medical books for home treatment.

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John

I can never understand why the left instead of defending their position on the merits, resort to shouting "racist" to anyone that disagrees with them.
it's stupid, dilutes the true meaning of racism, and simply childish.
If you are going to debate..debate but restorting to name calling is ridiculous and reveals the shallowness of your argument.

John

BTW, the reason its not "Roosevelt Security" is because it doesn't have the same nice ring to it and it was truly a bipartison bill...both sides arrived at a concensus:
House 372-33
Senate 77-6

Compare that with what happened with OBAMACARE. He pushed it, he owns, he should be proud to have his name on such a one-sided idealogical piece of legislation.

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wesleymouch

Social Security will be known as Bernie Madoff Security after the younger generation is completely fleeced of all their contributions.

you have got to be kidding me

Disaparage them BOTH -- call it ZEROCARE

We have a Zero for President, and the Dems muffed up health care giveaway to the insurance companies will result in Zero health care but lots of bureacracy

Hector

well whaddaya you know! Obama created it and now he is embarrassed by it!

Art

Racism is at the heart of everything the Repubs do. They are what's left of the Racist Jim Crow Democrats, yes Democrats, that left the party when the Dems opened up to civil rights for blacks. Haley Barbour, DeMint, the Virginia governor who forgot about slavery, the folks who want to put Nathan Bedford Forest (KKK) on license plates, Texas' seceding governor and the snowball of white faces I saw at the Republican convention. Racism in politics is very much alive and well today. So am a bad person for pointing it out. How will I go on?

As for Social security passing through bi-partisanship. Very true. But what about now? SS is self funded, doesn't contribute to the deficit. Raise the retirement age or have the rich contribute more and no problems! But that would mean raising taxes! Bad word, taxes.Raise taxes on on who? You or those poor million/billionaires? The reasons the Repubs want to shut it SS down is because the gov't has been borrowing from the trust fund for years. They don't want to pay it back so the can ensure it goes belly up! Had social security been invested, as the repubs say, in the stock market it would have been busted. Just what the Repubs want.

By the way, are any of you responders in the top 2% of income earners? Because you know every word I say is true. Everyone else, you've been sold a bill of goods by a bunch of union busting billionaires who are shipping your jobs overseas. Just asking. You see it's more than just racism, it truly is class warfare. These rich guys are making you afraid progressives will distribute your wealth to "lazy, no good shiftless minorities". It's really their money they worry about. They use fear on you and you vote with them against your own interests. Roosevelt was right about,"the only thing to fear was fear itself". But you guys are already there! It's "them foreigners"

Worry about the corrupting influence of Rupert Murdoch (an Australian}, not George Soros. Do you really believe Glenn Becks' crap? Does Glenn Beck really believe or he just scaring us for ratings?

It's like you're in a crashing airplane and the only way out is a parachute, but you won't jump because you're afraid of heights! Jump! If you can't go all the way to Progressive then try Independent!

Art

BTW the only comment that had even one teeny bit of facts was JOHNs about the Social Security vote. Did anyone else notice that? Hats of to John! Just wish everyone else would put the Vuvuzelas away and stop blowing noise instead of discourse. :)

Buckwheat

I is a Buckwheat, and I do declare, that I is a fan of Obamacare!

I'm still waitin' on my fo' hunna' dolla' stimulus check. I needs a flat screen TV, and Obama gonna help me get it.

Art

Buckwheat gets eaten for breakfast, doesn't it? Pancakes, I think. This guy's a real thinker!

Art

"and Obama gonna help me get it".

Could be, if you're smart enough to have a job. You see, Pancakes, individual taxes are at their lowest since 1952. The recession started when Bush was in office. Guess you bin watchin' the our gang too much. Did you miss the news?

Neo

Nice job Art! Keep it up!

Kim

The fact that the term "Obamacare" is considered disparaging doesn't mean he or Schultz are embarrassed by it, but by how it is being used by Obama's opponents. Sort of like how Rush and Beck like to emphasize Obama's middle name...I doubt Obama's ashamed of it, but they say it like it's a dirty word.

ericmiami

Go, Debbie. Love 'ya.
Eric

Displeased

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz", the woman who played the religion card by using her maiden name as a middle name to runfor public office and then makes comments about referring to a program as "Obamacare." Just shows what a hypocrit she is. She has done nothing in Congress but vote straight party line.As they say in her old neighborhood, what she is doing is a "shonder." She is an embarassment, she has accomplished nothing in Congress other then to vote colose to 100% with an outdated left wing agenda that will only help bring our country to the verge of bankcruptcy. Be proud,GO DEBBIE SCHULTZ!!!

Abe

I call her a "tukhes lecher."

Nic

namecalling is always going to be part of republican's bag of tricks, they don't behave like adults, they cannot be expected to

Art

Another Vuvuzela, noise but no facts or solutions. Debbie Wasserman Shultz is a good, caring, decent human being. She had a double breast removal, knows what it is to suffer and is a friend to Gabby Gifford of Arizona. Not a bad place to start in a congressperson. Her heart is in the right place.

Now tell me the un-indicted hospital CEO of a governor, who never noticed his company's Medicare fraud is the right person to fix things in Florida. What is he going to not see here? GO RICK SCOTT. Go home.

One more time folks, the Repubs, Wall Street, the banks and job outsourcing companies have already bankrupted this country. But the U.S. is too big to fail, as they say, so China is bankrolling us for the moment. The Chinese keep taking our I.O.U.s because they have to. Look at the big picture "Displeased". If it wasn't because we can vote to take on more debt by raising the debt ceiling, we would bring down the entire global economy by defaulting! Again, look at all the states, counties, cities and local entities now in trouble. We are already Bankrupt! It's just nobody wants to say it. Remember Donald trump? When he threatened to go bankrupt back in the 80s, the banks begged him to take more money! Same with the U.S. and china.

Sweet dreams all.

SpangoRango

Obamacare is a JOKE. Period.

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miami

you know why we can use the race card....because we are the ones who have suffered the longest as a result of racism...

In America we are culturally conditioned to believe white is superior and black, brown and poor white are inferior....And the manisfestation of that is ...That we Undervalue, Underestimate and marginalize black, brown and poor white people...

John

What about RomneyCare?

Bill F

Obamacare was the plan with the "PUBLIC OPTION". What we got was the compromise from Congress. We should really be calling it KONGCARE.

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