Rep. Steve King Absurdly Claims President Obama Coined The Term "Obamacare"

February 18, 2011 11:42 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

During this morning's House floor debate on the Republican amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act — an effort that the American people overwhelmingly oppose — Rep. Steve King (R-IA) offered a creative defense of his party's insistence on referring to the law as "Obamacare." According to the far-right Iowan, it was President Obama who actually coined the term.

KING: I'm also very confident in declaring it to be "Obamacare." I listened to President Obama address it as "Obamacare" on February 25 of last year at the Blair House at the health care summit. I thought that was the source of the moniker "Obamacare," was the president himself, and if anyone thinks otherwise, I think they should look back and check the record.


We 'checked the record,' and while the president did mention "Obamacare" at last year's bipartisan health care summit, King must have missed the two words that immediately preceded it: "quote-unquote."

OBAMA: An interesting thing happened a couple of weeks ago, and that is a report came out that for the first time, it turns out that more Americans are now getting their health care coverage from government than those who are getting it from the private sector. And you know what? That's without a bill from the Democrats or from President Obama. It has nothing to do with, quote-unquote, "Obamacare."

A Lexis-Nexis search for the term "Obamacare" turns up more than 3,000 results before February 25, 2010. For instance, King attacked "Obamacare" in a press release on July 22, 2009. Reasonable people can disagree about whether the nickname is appropriate, but King is blatantly lying for no apparent reason.