Memo to Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Obamacare’ was not coined by ‘wealthy white men’

Memo to Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Obamacare’ was not coined by ‘wealthy white men’

Who-invented-Obamacare-term-screen-cap-620x364MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry made a complete fool out of herself during a recent angry rant about the word “Obamacare.”

As previously reported at Liberty Unyielding, Harris-Perry said in part that the word “Obamacare” was “conceived of by wealthy white men who needed to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal, and to diminish his accomplishments.”

Was the term “Reaganomics” racist?

What a silly argument, and one that bizarrely persists among the radical left.

In October of 2011, Elspeth Reeve of Wired reported that lobbyist Jeanne Schulte Scott coined the word in 2007 in an article for the  trade journal Healthcare Financial Management. She wrote in part,

“The many would-be candidates for president in 2008 are falling over themselves offering their own proposals. 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.”

Elspeth Reeve is not a wealthy white man.

William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection delved deeper, citing a piece from the Atlantic that read in part,

Headline writers squeezed for space gave the term momentum since “Obamacare” is so much shorter than “Obama’s health care overhaul” or “Obama’s health care bill.”

Jacobson writes,

“The evidence simply isn’t there that ‘Obamacare’ as a term had a racially pejorative genesis.”

Harris-Perry, like so many of her ilk, seem to like to hear themselves calling other people racist.

Where is Harris-Perry’s outrage when President Obama refers to the Tea Party as “teabaggers,” as reported at Breitbart?

Where is the outrage when elected officials, such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and others as previously reported at Liberty Unyielding, refer to private citizens as “extremists,” “radicals,” “terrorists,” “legislative arsonists,” and even committing “Jihad against American citizens, for example?”

There is no doubt that Melissa Harris-Perry knows full well that the term “Obamacare” was not “conceived of by wealthy white men who needed to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal, and to diminish his accomplishments.”

But she also knows that her viewers trust her, and will most likely not bother to check out her statements or challenge her false narrative.

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Renee Nal

Renee Nal

Renee Nal is a co-founder of TavernKeepers.com, a news and political commentary site founded by former Glenn Beck interns. She is also the National Conservative Examiner. Renee is an associate producer for Trevor Loudon's political documentary, 'The Enemies Within.'

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