Update 8:14 p.m., 12/4/2013
(CNN) – Obamacare is back, at least in how President Barack Obama refers to his signature health care reforms.
Following the botched October 1 launch of the HealthCare.gov website for the reforms, the Obama administration appeared to steer clear of the nickname Obamacare originally given by hostile Republicans and later adopted by the President.
But for two straight days this week, Obama used the term in speeches intended to garner support for the Affordable Care Act.
“I know people call this law Obamacare and that’s OK. Because I do care. I do,” Obama said Wednesday at a White House Youth Summit, eliciting laughter and applause. “I care about you. I care about families. I care about Americans.”
A search of the transcripts of WhiteHouse.gov, shows that the last time President used the term Obamacare was in a speech in New Orleans on November 8.
Asked if the White House was avoiding using the term Obamacare to describe the law as the administration scrambles to bring the troubled website up to speed, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday "The President is fine with it," adding "We're focused on making sure that the 'care' part is delivered to the Americans who want it."
And on Tuesday, when asked about the potential problems with insurance coverage, Carney noted that "There's not an insurance police called Obamacare."
"I think it's important to your viewers to understand that they are purchasing private insurance."
According to a recent Gallup survey, a correlation exists between how the health care reforms are described and public support for them.
The November 20 survey said 45% respondents approved of the reforms when they were labeled the Affordable Care Act, while 38% approved then they were called Obamacare. When mentioning the President's name as well as the Affordable Care Act, 41% approved, the same figure as when using a generic reference to the health care law without mentioning the Affordable Care Act or Obama.
The term Obamacare was first used by Republicans as a derisive reference to the Affordable Care Act, which passed Congress in 2010 without any GOP support. Obama and Democrats later adopted the phrase while campaigning for last year's November elections.
Gallup's results are based on select groups from the Gallup Daily tracking sample between Nov. 4-17, with a total of 1,725 to 1,885 respondents.
CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this report.