The Affordable Care Act continues to be a news item with multiple recent newspaper articles repeatedly describing the efforts of the tea party to repeal or emasculate the law (Aug. 1, "Lee and Hatch want to block implementation of Obamacare"). Unfortunately, the "main stream media" has fallen into the trap set by the right-wing extremists by continuing to use the term "Obamacare" in a pejorative manner. The ACA was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. I suspect that Mr. Obama would have preferred to have a law that would provide universal access to health care, possibly in the form of Medicare for all.
The ACA, however, was the best we could do considering the make up of Congress. Thus, Congress takes as much responsibility, if not more, than the president for the complex and controversial nature of the law. Calling the law "Obamacare" does a disservice to the president, especially in view of the negative way the law is described. Finally, I do not recall the original Medicare law called "Johnsoncare," in spite of the controversy that surrounded passage of the law nearly 50 years ago. Please refer to the law as the Affordable Care Act.
Harry O. Senekjian