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President and Obamacare sink to new polling lows

Updated: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 11:55 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Trouble with affordable healthcare seems to be tanking the President's approval rating. A recent poll shows only 37% of voters are happy with the President. Tonight, FOX17 National Correspondent Kristine Frazao has more on the federal exchange trouble and the evolution of the word Obamacare. The President is talking a lot about the Affordable Care Act, but noticeably absent from his news conferences is the word Obamacare. As of last week, Obamacare has simply fallen out of favor with the White House. According to published reports, he referenced the Affordable Care Act a dozen times during an hour long speech, but not Obamacare. In October, just a few weeks ago, The President touted his signature healthcare law.

Even staunch Congressional backers of the healthcare law are distancing themselves from the term Obamacare. The Healthcare.gov website has been scrubbed clean of references to Obamacare. In July, posts from the White House described Obamacare in 3 words: saving people money. Political Science Professor John Dedie says after the bungled roll out of the healthcare website, to phrase Obamacare is like lighting dynamite.

The word Obamacare first surfaced, according to a LexisNexis search, in 2008. Obama came to eventually tolerate and embraced the word, even using it in October to attack his critics.

No matter the success or failure of the health care law, the term Obamacare, Dedie says, will stick to the President's legacy.

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