Did Anthony Weiner invent the term Obamacare?

June 18th, 2013

He made that outlandish claim to the Times:

In the interview with The Times, which was recorded, Mr. Weiner was defending his work on behalf of the health legislation when he brought up the term Obamacare.

He added, in an aside, that it was “a term, by the way, that I coined and used proudly, long before the administration decided it was a good idea. And I got yelled at by the White House for using it, and then they eventually reached the place where they used it.”

Shortly thereafter, a spokeswoman tried to roll back Weiner’s remark.

But Barbara Morgan, a spokeswoman for Mr. Weiner, who is running for mayor of New York City, insisted on Thursday that he did not mean that he was the first person ever to use the term — only the first on the left to embrace it unapologetically.

“Up till then, the right had used the term as a pejorative,” she said. “He realized that running from the term was a mistake, and eventually so did the White House and the Obama campaign.”

Weiner is chafing with the truth.