Gruber Argued It Was OK If Obamacare increased costs, because it would create more jobs that way.
While Gruber was lying elitist scum, he also sometimes told the truth. For example, as this Daily Caller story points out, he admitted openly that Obamacare had no means to cut, constrain, or otherwise reduce costs.
Gruber said that Obamacare had no cost controls in it and would not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically.
“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.
“So what’s different this time? Why are we closer than we’ve ever been before? Because there are no cost controls in these proposals. Because this bill’s about coverage. Which is good! Why should we hold 48 million uninsured people hostage to the fact that we don’t yet know how to control costs in a politically acceptable way? Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control.”
Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment.
So we have here both an expose of Obama’s lying and also an admission that the Affordable Care Act, if it would work at all, will involve death panels.
But there is something more. In the report mentioned by the Daily Caller, Gruber didn’t just admit that Obamacare could not control costs. He admitted it would increase costs. And he was quite certain that this made Obamacare desirable for stimulus and job creation:
I would argue this is not money down the drain. It is consistent with both our short- and long-term economic goals. That is, even if you don’t care about the uninsured, even if you don’t think it’s a moral issue that we cover the uninsured, economically this is well spent money in the short term. This is stimulus money that can go through states, and in the medium term this is money that should create quality jobs. Let’s face it, jobs in the future in the United States will be in the service sector, and the health sector can be a great source of quality jobs, particularly as we move primary care away from people with eight years of medical training and let people take blood pressure after just one year of medical training. We can actually make jobs for people that don’t have enormous barriers to qualify for them, to help with primary care.
So it was never about helping the destitute get healthcare. They were the excuse for giving easy jobs to the middle class.