Nancy Pelosi thinks the phrase “public option” sounds too negative, too much like, um, “costly, lousy government-run health care.”

So here’s a way to make the public option go down a little better, advises our House speaker: Call it something else!

Nancy’s proposed new name, cooked up with the help of Florida Dem Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “competitive option.” Doesn’t that sound nicer? Kind of free-enterprise-y, even though it’s exactly the opposite? Or how about “consumer option”? That’s another of Nancy’s new euphemisms. Breitbart reports:

“You’ll hear everyone say, ‘There’s got to be a better name for this,’” Pelosi said. “When people think of the public option, public is being misrepresented, that this is being paid for with their public dollars.”

Pelosi said that was a misconception and that any taxpayer money used to start up the public option would be repaid. She also said such an option would ultimately drive down government health care costs.

Sure it will. The irony is that the phrase “public option” started out as a euphemism itself–for “costly, lousy government-run health care.”

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