Events in Ferguson have drawn the attention away from that elitist snob, Jonathan Gruber, for the moment. But his is a story that deserves more attention; mostly for what it says about Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders. By now most Americans know what Barack Obama and his henchman Jonathan Gruber really think of Americans; something Gruber revealed with his infamous statement about “the stupidity of the American voter.” Overlooking for a moment the condescension and arrogance of this MIT economist, it could be that Gruber has a point about American voters or, at least, some of them. After all, there were enough voters sufficiently stupid to elect and re-elect Barack Obama.
However, with the exception of diehard Obama supporters, I don’t believe American voters are stupid. They may allow themselves to be temporarily fooled from time to time by slick politicians who talk about such nebulous concepts as “hope and change,” but American voters are usually able to eventually figure out that they have been lied to. When they do wake up to reality, Americans typically express their displeasure with those who deceived in one of two ways: 1) By turning out on election-day and voting accordingly, or 2) By staying home on election day and letting the culprit they once supported lose. Both of these things happened on November 4th.
Not content to just insult the American people by calling them stupid, Gruber proceeded to shed light on the internal workings of the Obama administration and how it deliberately misled the American people to ensure passage of the Affordable Care Act. He also revealed that the Obama administration purposefully defrauded the Congressional Budget Office to prevent the cornerstone of Obamacare, the individual mandate, from being viewed as a tax. I don’t believe Professor Gruber was purposefully playing the role of whistleblower in revealing how the Obama administration works. Rather, I think he is an academic snob overcome by hubris and who ran off at the mouth without thinking. Be that as it may, there were no surprises in Gruber’s comments for those of us who have opposed Obamacare from the outset. We knew we were being lied to, a fact confirmed several times by the president himself well before this arrogant professor from MIT let his out-sized ego overrule his sense of judgment.
True to form, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats have responded to Gruber’s incautious remarks by simply lying. They now claim they have never heard of the guy. In fact, when it comes to Jonathan Gruber, Democratic leaders have all developed a convenient case of amnesia. President Obama described Gruber as “some advisor who never worked on our staff.” Deroy Murdock, writing for National Review Online (November 17, 2014), had this to say about the president’s denials: “Obama now trivializes Gruber as someone who got lost on the White House tour and wandered into a meeting.” Nancy Pelosi goes even further with her fictional disclaimers: “I don’t who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.” Oh how quickly and conveniently the Democrats can forget one of their own. Obama and company have now tossed Jonathan Gruber aside like a used Kleenex, but their convenient case of amnesia does not match the facts.
Consider just a few of Professor Gruber’s connections to the Obama administration. To date Gruber has collected almost $6 million in consulting fees relating to healthcare, most of it from the federal government (the rest coming from state governments). For example, Jonathan Gruber has received $103,500 from the U.S. State Department, $392,600 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $1,730,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, and $2,050,000 from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. All of these departments and agencies are, of course, part of President Obama’s administration. That is a lot of money and a lot of connections to the Obama administration for someone no Democrat in Washington, D.C., including the president, will admit to knowing.
As the facts have emerged concerning Gruber’s connections to Obama and company, it is the Democratic leaders who claim they don’t know Gruber who appear to be stupid, not the American public. As to the president’s portrayal of Gruber as someone who got lost on a White House tour and joined in a meeting, the truth is he visited the White House eight times that we know of to help develop what became the Affordable Care Act. My message to the amnesiacs in the White House is this: If you don’t know someone you paid almost six-million dollars for providing consulting services relating to Obamacare, we have an even bigger problem than what Gruber’s arrogant admissions revealed.
Nancy Pelosi should be given the Pinocchio Award for claiming she doesn’t know Jonathan Gruber. Shortly after she made this absurd claim, C-SPAN produced a videotaped statement from Pelosi that had aired on November 5th in which she praised Gruber’s good work on Obamacare. Pelosi’s nose grew even longer when it was revealed that her own website had given maximum coverage to a defense of Obamacare written by none other than Professor Gruber. As she has demonstrated many times, Nancy Pelosi has only a passing acquaintance with the truth. However, even for someone so experienced at the fine art of prevarication as Pelosi, her denials about Gruber stretch the limits of believability.
Gruber has been described by the pro-Obama group Organizing for America as someone who “helped write Obamacare.” Referring to Obamacare, then Senator John Kerry claimed that Gruber “has been our guide on a lot of this…” Gruber himself is on record explaining how he was introduced to Obama when the future president was still in the Senate and how he tutored Obama on healthcare reform. Gruber also tells how he was subsequently invited to a meeting with the new president and others that was held in the Oval Office. The purpose of this meeting was to develop a strategy for misleading the Congressional Budget Office concerning the cost of Obamacare. Maybe this is the meeting the president now claims Gruber just wandered into.
I will give Deroy Murdock of National Review Online the last word on Professor Gruber: “The incoming Republican Congress should give this man multiple opportunities to testify on Capitol Hill. In great detail, Jonathan Gruber should explain his views on the intelligence of his fellow Americans, lies that he and Team Obama perpetrated to enact Obamacare, and how soon he will return to taxpayers his fraudulent $5,886,150 fortune.” Well said.