Usage of the term "ObamaCare" has pretty much been limited to opponents of the Affordable Care Act. I don't really understand why supporters of reform don't use it more. The fate of reform and the fate of Obama are inextricably linked. If Obama loses, most if not all of ObamaCare will vanish. If he wins, the bulk of the reform will kick in as planned in 2014, and it will be next to impossible to get rid of it after that. With millions of voters gaining insurance under the law, taking that coverage away will be extremely difficult politically. Obama and his legacy will sink or swim along with the fate of his signature policy achievement, so he should be proud to have his name attached to it.
While I always care about the outcome of an election, the fate of ObamaCare makes this the most consequential of my lifetime. At its core, reform is an attempt to encourage preventative care. As a primary care pediatrician, I wholeheartedly agree with this goal.
Next week, the constitutionality of the individual mandate will be argued before the Supreme Court, with a decision likely in June. So I'm going to focus more on ObamaCare over the next few posts.