MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admits Affordable Care Act “written in tortured way” to deceive CBO and American voter “stupidity.”
One of my friends sent this video to me earlier today, but I finally just got around to watching it. Wow.
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.
“CBO” stands for Congressional Budget Office. There were some great insights about this from the Hot Air blog.
The CBO did a lot more than just decide whether or not to score the mandate as a tax, though. Democrats insisted that CBO’s initial scoring showed that the bill was deficit-neutral in its first ten years, thanks to transparently self-serving dodges like trawling revenue before making outlays a few years later. How much else did Democrats lie to get that initially positive scoring? How much else are Democrats still hiding about the ACA and the HHS implementation of it?
Here’s the unvarnished truth: Democrats behind Obamacare intentionally lied, and depended on “the stupidity of the American voter” to get the law passed. Yep, that’s what Obamacare architect said—he and his friends depended on stupid people.
This fact is only news to those who haven’t been paying attention. Although I will say I’m a bit surprised that someone on that team of demons had the candor to say it in a public forum that was taped.
Obamacare was passed by blatant fraud, and should be dismantled and repealed. What a clear statement of “the end justifies the means” and “we, the self-anointed elite, know better than you” what is right and good.
This is un-American to the core. Instead of arguing their case, and moving the electorate to freely choose, they lied and obfuscated to get this passed. Despicable.