In a June interview with LookTV's David Storey (who, I must add, has a fantastic journalistic aptonym), Rep. Bill Owens said he's still not cool with it if you're gonna call the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare."
"First of all, Obamacare, as it's negatively referred to — I prefer to call it the Affordable Care Act," Mr. Owens told Mr. Storey in the video. "What it's doing is allowing millions of people to have health insurance, which means their health care will improve."
(It starts at about 3:45 in the first video on the first link in this post.)
Mr. Owens' discomfort with the word "Obamacare" probably has something to do with his efforts to distance himself from Mr. Obama, his fellow Democrat. The Obama campaign, in fact, has tried to take back the word "Obamacare." "If you're proud of Obamacare and tired of the other side using it as a dirty word, complete this sentence: #ILikeObamacare because..." Mr. Obama's campaign said in a tweet.
Mr. Owens' active Twitter feed did not offer a response to Mr. Obama's call.
On a similar ObamaScare note, WMHT television interviewed Mr. Owens extensively this weekend, which you can view here.
Mr. Owens discussed how much he loves voting and working with Republicans (a lot), and how much he supports President Obama ("at this point").
After hemming and hawing about it, Mr. Owens did tell me in June that he supported Mr. Obama. This is Mr. Owens' quote from a column I wrote at the time: "As I'm looking at this now, I'm going to support the person who in my opinion is most focused on the middle and trying to create jobs, trying to help the middle class, help the majority of Americans, who's going to be focused on the United States. Right now, that looks to me like it's the president."
When asked by host Matt Ryan whether he supports Mr. Obama, Mr. Owens said that he did, because Mitt Romney wants to raise taxes on the middle class while cutting them for the wealthy. The conservative Wall Street Journal, among others, called this bunk, while liberal commentators have said, well of course it's true!