What’s in a Name? That Which We Call…..

No, I’m not going to write about Shakespeare today.   Nor am I going to write about one of the most tragic love stories of all times – Romeo and Juliet.  Pretty much everyone knows the premise behind the story – love and hate in true form and in obscure form.   This premise can be applied to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as well.  Some love the promise that the new healthcare legislation will bring to millions while others hate the basic concept of the plan.  I’m not going to try to dissect the different sides of the argument as we could go on for days with no resolution in sight.  And frankly, the healthcare legislation isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  What I want to illustrate is how many ways the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is identified. Hopefully by identifying the numerous names and acronyms in one place you will be less confused in the long run.  Here are the most prevalent…

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • ObamaCare or Obamacare
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Healthcare Legislation
  • The Health-care Law
  • The President’s Healthcare Law
  • The new Health Insurance program

I’m sure there are more out there but these are the most common names you will hear in the news.  And to complete Shakespeare’s infamous line: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”  Can we compare all the different names of the ACA to the name of a rose?  I’ll let you ponder that question….

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