Gruber’s apology: too little too late
MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber attempted to diffuse his controversial remarks today by offering an apology during a hearing with the House Government and Oversight Committee. We’ve got news for Gruber: it’s too little too late.
It’s too late to apologize for saying the law was purposely written “very tortured way” and passed because of the “stupidity of the American voter.”
An apology, no matter how longwinded, doesn’t change or soften the fact that a chief Obama adviser sold the Affordable Care Act on lies. Committee Chair Darrell Issa got it right when he said to Gruber, “You made a series of troubling statements that were not only an insult to the American people, but revealed a pattern of intentional misleading [of] of the public about the true impact and nature of Obamacare.”
As hard as he may try, Gruber cannot separate his disgusting comments from the law itself. He was the law’s chief architect, he was a top consultant to President Obama, and he was paid handsomely for his opinions and expertise. And the law reflects the people who put it together and passed it.
Tea Party Patriots around the country don’t want an apology from Gruber; they want real change in the law he created. The first step in that process is to repeal it by an act of Congress, which is should be a top priority next year.
Congress should act as soon as possible to repeal the Affordable Care Act – a law that never should have passed in the first place and probably wouldn’t have, if the president and his advisors had been honest.