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Monday, November 10, 2014

The ends justify the means: They had to lie because of the stupidity of the American voters

“the stupidity of the American voter”


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, 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.”


  1. Meanwhile, water is still wet, and rattlesnakes still don't bite lawyers. :)

  2. We can all agree that the other voters are idiots.