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Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber Lack of Transparency Was Key ..‘Stupidity Of Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare


Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber  Lack of Transparency Was Key ..‘Stupidity Of Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare

The Daily Caller

November 9, 2014 | Patrick Howley


Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.

Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.

“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.”

4 thoughts on “Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber Lack of Transparency Was Key ..‘Stupidity Of Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare

  1. This is the political and legislative equivalent of a terrorist attack.

    All village residents of every political stripe should find his behavior abhorrent, blatantly violative of multiple critical constitutional principles undergirding our small ‘r’ republican democracy. Shall he be forgiven because he is a dedicated political progressive, whose motives are therefore pure and well above reproach? Shall his demonstrably faithless acts, performed over a long period of time but seemingly unregulated by the nagging influence of conscience that constantly operates in the minds of the rest of us who have always loved this country and our fellow countrymen, go uncondemned solely because they were undertaken at the behest of a man, the color of whose skin effectively renders him immune to political criticism? Does the fact of his having been raised in Ridgewood give us his former neighbors special status, relieving us from the need to speak out because of an overriding and certainly understandable desire to avoid doing anything that might negatively impact property values? Or do we choose to remain mute because, despite being the tree from which this particular political apple has frankly not fallen very far, his parents remain our neighbors and true friends?

    MIT Professor John Gruber has now clearly shown the world that modern progressive liberals in this country believe, and are ready, willing, and able to act on their belief that their supposedly noble and enlightened political ends justify any seedy, mendacious, ‘big lie’-propagating, Alinsky-inspired, Cloward-Piven strategy-driven means they may wish to employ. Look at the latest video and you will see this horribly corrosive attitude in full flower, revealing not a hint of self-consciousness, but clearly articulated in the context of an otherwise apparently normal panel discussion held before an apparently large but depressingly credulous and sympathetic professional audience. Professor Gruber puts in a performance that should make the cockiest of barnyard roosters and the proudest of peacocks start looking for new respective lines of work. The catastrophically politically destructive concepts he shamelessly propounds have absolutely no place in our culture. And yet, instead of witnessing the entertaining spectacle of his friends and colleagues in the political and professional progressive elite climbing atop and over each other in a mad rush to avoid being seen in the same intellectual zip code as Professor Gruber, which by all that is right and good in this world should be in full swing by now, we are treated to the increasingly familiar, if no less distressing, chorus of crickets.

    Professor Gruber’s behavior should be recognized for what it is: naked political jihad. At this point, we cannot continue to regard it as fringe behavior that will fizzle out, a ‘la Bill Ayers and the Weathermen. No, it has significant momentum now, and will surely continue, and likely get much worse, unless and until enough of the rest of us stop taking our beautiful national heritage for granted, and start caring enough about the enormous existential threats now darkening our doorstep to become personally educated on the major issues we collectively face as a culture.

  2. Some comments posted to another blog:

    Oh, and by the way, MIT needs to be strongly pinged about employing a “disreputable” professor that “tarnishes” their reputation. Even though they likely hired him because he was disreputable, and they don’t particularly care about their reputation.

    4 posted on 11/11/2014 9:17:36AM by yefragetuwrabrumuy

    Gruber’s comments were not confession to save his mortal soul, they were snarky boasts to let the rest of the world know he is a fashionably cynical yet highly powerful and knowledgeable insider with access to and a high degree of influence on the decision makers at the highest levels of our power structure. 

    5 posted on 11/11/2014 9:18:46 AM by rdcbn

    Snopes, Factcheck or any other Dem-backed subversion group notwithstanding, the time and place of the words spoken is immaterial. The mere existence of the words, from whom they were spoken IN or OUT of CONTEXT are damning. They are proof of intentional deceit and collusion.

    And this ObamaCare architect’s statements should be submitted to the Supreme Court that ObamaCare costs were intentionally not defined as taxes as Justice Roberts maintained.

    His words, plus all the other arbitrary and intentional administration manipulations of legal requirements, are more than enough to invalidate the law – EVERY WORD OF IT.

    7 posted on 11/11/2014 9:20:33 AM by Gaffer

    I can’t tell everyone here how mad I was listening to then watching this video. This little “Imp” is a prime example of the infestation of our lives by non elected ideologues. Lois Lerner is another prime example, but there are others within our schools and universities…on radio and tv and in other places of influence.


    Anyone actually believe that the people of this country are NOT going to rise up against this? Never again should we elect people who betray, lie, mislead or corrupt us.

    11 posted on 11/11/2014 9:23:42 AM by nikos1121

    It pretty much is what it is, most people are going to want to see the clip, which in true internet fashion is all over the place. When they do the can look at the polls that have tracked the opinion of the American people on this even if they don’t remember the high-handed treatment by the House under majority leader Pelosi and the subsequent electoral wipe out (which they will remember I think). This MIT smarty-pants owes everyone an apology. He’s casting aspersions on us, after having made a bad call professionally.

    19 posted on 11/11/2014 9:33:06 AM by BlackAdderess

    Gruber is nothing more than a slimy political hack of which there is no shortage these days.

    It is the VOTERS who bear final responsibility. Elections have consequences.

    What were the voters thinking back in 2008 when they elected BHO POTUS along with huge Dem majorities in both houses of Congress?

    National healthcare has been a part of the Democrat Party platform since the 1940s.

    21 posted on 11/11/2014 9:35:50 AM by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

  3. That’s MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber (sorry). No such thing as bad press as long as they spell your name right…

  4. Two things are certain now that this information is public:

    1. The spineless Republicans will do nothing to repeal throttle or gut Obamacare when the new congress is in session

    2. Everyone who voted for Obama and now finds out that they were lied to and treated like stupid idiots would vote for Obama again if given the chance.

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