It was October 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania. PennLDI (Leonard Davis Health Institute of Economics) hosted the 24th annual Health Economics Conference.
The Plenary Panel featured health-care management professor Mark Pauly and MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber.
The topic was “the role of economics in shaping (and possibly reshaping) the ACA,” the Affordable Care Act. Gruber’s opening of the Pandora’s Box of truth took until Nov. 10, 2014, to universally see his candid message.
The mainstream media failed to cover the subject of Gruber, aka the Obamacare architect.
Although once hailed as “credible” and the best and brightest by Democrat notables like John Kerry, Max Baucus, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, today they either don’t know him or he’s someone painted as a step above a White House janitor.
Gruber: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) 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 healthy people are going to pay in. … If you made it explicit the healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, okay?
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of American voters or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
The Congressional Budget Office is bipartisan and can only score the information and numbers it is given. Gruber is clear that the data given was manipulated.
Obamacare was not to be scored as a real tax but as a “tax” on insurance companies (that everyone hates anyway) with the wink knowing those dollars would be passed on to consumers.
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli deceptively argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that Obamacare is indeed a tax and it prevailed.
Gruber justifies the whole lying experience — “Look, I wish. … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
Don’t let the authenticity and the weight of this disclosure go unrealized. These facts are from the “architect” who told an elite audience, and now the American people, that he was a significant participant of a conspiracy to hide the truth about a matter that would become law, dominate 18 percent of the American economy and extinguish health care for millions of responsible Americans.
Remember his response: “We could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” He’s a pure Leftist who loves Obamacare because he isn’t part of it; unquestionably his health care plan is securely in place.
Reportedly American Commitments found the event’s video. It’s now removed from the university’s site and the conference page, but the attempts to hide the revealing videos are fruitless.
It quickly emerged that the arrogant Gruber spewed similar facts in multiple speeches from February 2011 to November 2012.
Fox News ran with Gruber’s story, beginning Nov. 10, and clear–thinking Americans are better off for that effort.
For days all other major media ignored the subject.
On Nov. 12 two Washington Post reporters did not display any offensiveness about the monumental lies of the Gruber/Obamacare scandal, but predictably they made it about Republicans.
Their “Hearings floated as Hill Republicans seize on Gruber Obamacare comments” deflected the conspiracy as a mere chance for “the GOP effort to dismantle the law in the next Congress and turn public opinion ahead of the 2016 election.”
Loyal Democratic political analyst Juan Williams glossed over the Gruber/Obamacare machination of lies as merely “packaging” a product to present its best face for sale.
Williams omitted the fraud and purposeful deceit for a product that is woefully defective — but for those who benefit from it for free.
If a CEO and directors of a non-government corporation did this, a lot of people would be testifying before Congress on their way to prison.
Being thought of and called “stupid” by this administration and those who carry its water does not offend those of us who saw through the Obamacare farce from the beginning.
The anger of insult should be from those who believed the package of lies sold by a smarmy group of snake oil salesman.
The idiosyncratic thing is this: Obamacare isn’t a public (stupid) voter thing; it’s a lock-step Congressional Democrat thing — with zero Republican input.
Who’s really stupid?
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