By now everyone in America who watches the news has heard of Jonathan Gruber and his disdain for voters.
Gruber credited the “stupidity of the American voter” for passing the Affordable Care Act. The exact quote:
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO [Congressional Budget Office] 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.”
And, as mentioned, everyone has heard that except Nancy Pelosi who indignantly protested:
“I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.”
Quick refresher course…in 2009, defending the bill — though pleading ignorance of the bill until we passed the ACA — San Fran Nan boasted:
“Let me just say this. Anything you need to know about the difference between the Democratic bill and the Republican bill is that the Republicans do not end the health insurance companies’ discrimination against people with preexisting conditions.
…And secondly, the Republican plan ensures about 3 million more people than now, and ours does 36 million people. So that’s a very big difference in that.
We’re not finished getting all of our reports back from CBO, but we’ll have a side by side to compare. But our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange. And our bill takes down those costs, even some now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.”
Ah ha! So Nancy Pelosi HAS heard of Gruber! But wait! There’s more! Apparently the President has NOT!
When Fox News’ Ed Henry questioned Obama at the G20 Summit in Brisbane:
“At your Burma town hall a couple of days ago you tried to inspire young leaders by saying, ‘Governments need to be held accountable and be responsive to the people.’
I wonder how you square that with your former advisor Jonathan Gruber claiming YOU’RE not transparent about the health law because in his words, the American people, the voters, are stupid. Did you mislead Americans about the taxes, about keeping your plan, in order to get the bill passed?”
Bravo Ed Henry! Great question that should be asked repeatedly at every presser.
Now watch and listen to the very Petulant POTUS:
“No. I did not. Uh”
“The fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff…uh…expressed an opinion that…uh…I completely disagree with in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run.”
Very interesting since that bastion of hardcore conservative thought, The Gray Lady, reported in March of 2012:
After Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.
It seems Mr. Obama and Nancy Pelosi knew Mr. Gruber before they didn’t know Mr. Gruber.
Obama promised to fundamentally change America; we just didn’t know he would also fundamentally change the definition of transparency .
The United States no longer has a Commander-In-Chief.
Alert the media! We have a Prevaricator-In-Chief! And too bad for him, one of his underlings, one Jonathan Gruber, slipped up and told the truth.
Note to the President and staff: the flyover, bitter-clingers across America are not stupid. They abound in common sense and you will be held to account.