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ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber: We Used ‘Stupidity Of American Voter’ To Pass Bill



In a newly released video, one ObamaCare architect said Democrats used a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” to pass the bill. The conservative group American Commitment posted the remarks by Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who helped write ObamaCare, which were reportedly made on Oct. 17, 2013, on YouTube.

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write ObamaCare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

This isn’t the first time Gruber has been caught demonstrating a complete elitist-like contempt for the American people. In July, after the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated ObamaCare subsidies for health insurance obtained through the federally-run HealthCare.gov, he did a series of interviews and made a number of comments and accusations, including calling those who say the law should be interpreted as it was written “screwy,” “nutty,” “stupid,” and “desperate.”

The man who recently said that he knew “more about this law than any other economist,” insisted that those who crafted the law “had no intention of excluding the federal states,” and even outrageously proclaimed that anyone who disagreed with that statement was a “criminal.”

“Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo,” Gruber said in an interview with MSNBC.

Of course, that was after he said back in 2012 that subsidies were only permitted per the law in SBMs, or state-based exchanges.

With the ink from the headlines screaming the historic defeat of Democrats in last week’s elections still fresh on the newspapers, this is truly rich.

The rest of his remarks are as follows:

“You can’t do it political, you just literally cannot do it. Transparent financing and also transparent spending. I mean, 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,” Gruber said.

“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 to get 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.”

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Laura Lee Baris is the Assistant Editor at People's Pundit Daily (PPD) and the Producer of "Inside the Numbers" with the People's Pundit. Laura covers politics, entertainment, culture and women's issues. She is also married to the People's Pundit, Richard D. Baris, and a mother to their two beautiful children.

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  • This was NEVER a health care bill it was ALWAYS a tax and control bill. That is why this administration deliberately lied about it then and continues to lie about it now. But the “gimme free stuff” crowd lapped it up like it was chocolate. The best health care system in the world ruined by one slick talking community agitator from Chicago selling snake oil to a lot of low information, low intelligence people.

    For all those who think it is so great to have health insurance for a $100/mo. or even free (mine is up to $500/month by the way… compared to $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or $10/month renters insurance from Eagle) , what do you do when it comes to your deductible that’s $10K – $12K? Your don’t really have health insurance, you just think you do. The taxpayers will still be picking up the cost of these folks just as before but at the additional cost of their own coverage being essentially raped.

    BTW, for all those that believed Obama when he said there would be no more bailouts, think again. When the insurance companies begin to lose money on these policies, and they will, it’s written right into the law that the government will make them whole, i.e., bail them out.

  • There’s only 2-ways you could hear what Jonathan Gruber said & not be personally offended at the very least.

    1. You agree that you are too stupid to make decisions about your own life.
    2. You agree that lying to trick people into supporting your agenda is an acceptable tactic.

    If you fall in the #2 category, you are either collecting a check from the Government or you are a “useful idiot”.

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