Nope, she didn’t say it
News alert: Political news websites may not always be 100% accurate.
After ModernHealthcare.com reported that, during an April 16 speech at the American Medical Group Association conference, ophthalmologist-turned-politician Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) said she never uses the term “Obamacare,” (bit.ly/l0cTiP) an astute reader sent in a comment citing a March 28 Hayworth quote from the conservative Newsmax website in which the freshman congresswoman reportedly said, “We have legislation that will not just defund Obamacare, but replace it with something that works for the American people.”
Outliers looked it up, and that’s what the article says. But then Outliers listened to the video that accompanied the article. Then we listened again. (Giving a boost to the video’s “views” number, from 42 to 44, according to YouTube.) We never heard Hayworth say “Obamacare,” although the host interviewing her said it several times.
Hayworth spokesman Nathaniel Sillin was diplomatic. He says it was probably the result of a “transcribing error,” because he confirmed that the congresswoman never uses the term and instructs her staff to do likewise due to its “pejorative” tone.
“I’ve worked for her for six months, and I’ve never heard her use it once,” Sillin says. “She frequently reprimands the staff if they do because it’s not productive.” Sillin adds that Hayworth usually doesn’t have nice things to say about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but she never calls it “Obamacare” while she’s criticizing it.
Hayworth may not like the ACA, but she draws a line.