Jonathan Gruber’s remarks should have your blood boiling no matter where you stand on the political spectrum.
A reminder of what the Obamacare technical consultant said:
“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.”
Gruber confirmed what many of us have been saying for a long time, that they did what they had to do to get this law passed, even if it meant full-on deceit. That they knew damn well that if they told everyone the truth, it wouldn’t have had a shot in hell. That an administration that promises transparency embraces the opposite. That they think plenty of voters are a bunch of dummies who will believe everything they say. And that they see no problem with lying and manipulating to push through legislation.
And to the media personalities with big microphones who defended the way Obamacare was pushed through without asking any tough questions, guess what? They thought you were a bunch of idiots too. And counted on you doing exactly what you did.
Hope. Change. So refreshing.
Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.
By Jedediah Bila