Obamacare and the “stupidity of the American voter”
Once again, the Obama Administration must be kicking itself for picking the fast-talking MIT professor Jonathan Gruber as the chief Obamacare architect. A newly-surfaced video shows an unfiltered Gruber saying exactly what he thinks about American voters, the individual mandate, and how the Affordable Care Act legislation was passed in Congress.
This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
You can watch the video here.
Do you hear that, America? The chief architect of Obamacare has admitted in public that the administration purposely made the legislative process non-transparent. They purposely hid the facts and the truth about the individual mandate. President Barack Obama’s “signature legislative achievement” then it seems, is nothing more than a pile of lies, false pretenses, and manipulation.
Gruber, it should be noted, was also the one who let it slip over the summer that the Obamacare legislation explicitly did not provide for federal subsidies.
The Affordable Care Act must be repealed if for no other reason, then for how this administration covered up the truth in order to further a political agenda. Lest we forget, this is also the president who promised to “change” the way Washington does business. Instead, all he really did is make it worse.
Gruber’s comments should make every American angry. And if you’re wondering what Obama officials really think about you, just watch the video again.
- 1- Suderman, Peter. Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges. http://reason.com 24 July 2014.http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/24/watch-obamacare-architect-jonathan-grube