How to Name Laws

How to Name Laws

This morning it randomly occurred to me that Obamacare's drafters might have prevented the spread of the term "Obamacare" -- at least in the mainstream press -- by making a relatively simple change to the real name: from "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" to simply "The Affordable Care Act."

Many people are referring to it that way now, and even abbreviating it to ACA rather than PPACA, but it took them until about 2011 to stumble onto this idea. Prior to this trend, they were forced to decide among the awful full name, "Obamacare," and something vague like "the president's new health-care law." Many picked "Obamacare."

Here's a graph of Google News searches in the U.S.:

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