December 10, 2013

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Side-Splitter: ‘Obamacare’ a Term ‘Designed by White Men’ to Delegitimize’ Obama

On the broadcast station of the self-proclaimed (in the web page’s window title) “news, video, and progressive community” known as MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry held forth on the significance of the term “Obamacare.”

She now believes, unlike some in the administration who have seem to want to disown the term, that progressives ought to be loud and proud about it as in-your-face taunt directed at those who believe it will fail (which she obviously can’t imagine happening). But it’s her rant, acting as if she’s giving the speech of her life, about the term’s origin that both pathetic and side-splitting:

Here’s the video excerpt:

This was too much for even Dylan Byers at Politico to stand.

Yesterday, Byers had four questions for MHP, who apparently “was unavailable for an interview” (my snarky responses are in italics):

1. Was “Hillarycare” a derogatory term conceived of by wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a woman? (Of course it was, and it will be presented as such at opportune times during Mrs. Clinton’s expected 2016 campaign for the White House.)

2. Was “Reaganomics” a derogatory term conceived of by wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a… Hollywood actor? (No, but the left thinks it was a way for wealthy white men to put themselves above and apart everyone but themselves.)

3. How do you square your assertion — that the term was conceived of by “wealthy white men” — with the fact that “Obamacare” was first used by a female lobbyist named Jeanne Schulte Scott, who in 2007 wrote: “We will soon see a ‘Giuliani-care’ and ‘Obama-care’ to go along with ‘McCain-care,’ ‘Edwards-care,’ and a totally revamped and remodeled ‘Hillary-care’ from the 1990s”? (Facts don’t matter. MHP, as a card-carrying “progressive,” gets to rewrite history on the fly.)

4. What is your evidence, if any, for the assertion that Obamacare is a racially loaded term? (See the answer to Item 3.)

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