My View: What’s in a name? Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act


Better UTAH intern Boo Reiser penned an OpEd over the weekend in the Deseret News discussing the Affordable Care Act. He argues that pragmatism should trump ideology in the healthcare debates, even though it rarely does.

As a senior studying health communication at the University of Utah, I’ve had numerous discussions about American health care priorities with colleagues, friends and family. In many of these interactions, I’ve noticed that how we talk about health care is just as important as the policies themselves.

I’ll never claim that everyone should agree with the Affordable Care Act. As citizens of the United States, when we disagree with a proposed law, we are entitled to voice our opinion. What I find disturbing, however, is that when our ideals are so strongly attached to a political party, we immediately disagree with anything proposed by those of a different political affiliation, without regard for the actual substance of the proposal.

Read the full editorial here.

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