As the debate over remaking the US health system heats up, I’d like to make a modest request: Let’s stop talking about Obamacare. Drop the partisan, misleading, counterproductive, and increasingly irrelevant hot button label. Instead let’s talk about the pros and cons of what are likely to be some complex and far-reaching changes to the way Americans get their medical care. No more toxic labels.
The very word Obamacare drives policymakers into a frenzy. Yet, it mischaracterizes the current state of the individual health insurance market: Day-by-day, the law enacted in 2010 is already being changed, so whatever it is, it is no longer Obamacare. And the very word forces lawmakers into their partisan corners and makes it impossible for them to design a sustainable, well-functioning system.