[Rushtalk] Did You Know We're Stupid?!?
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Nov 10 19:17:45 MST 2014
Obamacare Architect: We Passed the Law Thanks to
the Stupidity of the American Voter
Nov. 10, 2014 9:47am <http://www.theblaze.com/author/zach-noble/>Zach Noble
One of the architects of Obamacare said the law
was written in a deliberately tortured way and
relied on the stupidity of the American voter to ensure its passage.
In a newly unearthed 2013 clip, Jonathan Gruber,
the MIT health economist who
craft parts of the Affordable Care Act, got
fairly candid about the tactics used to get the
Affordable Care Act passed during a panel at the
Health Economists Conference last year.
This bill was written in a tortured way to make
sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not
score the mandate as taxes, Gruber said in
52-second clip. If CBO scored the mandate as
taxes, the bill dies. OK, so its 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.
Gruber then trumpeted the value of a lack of
transparency and called American voters stupid.
Lack of transparency is a huge political
advantage, Gruber said. And basically, call it
the stupidity of the American voter or whatever,
but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.
Better for the American people to be saddled with
a law they dont understand, Gruber claimed, than
for them to understand the law and rally against it.
Look, I wish
we could make it all
transparent, Gruber said, but Id rather have this law than not.
UPDATE: The original video that contained
Grubers comments was deleted from YouTube on Monday morning.
Um, hey, University of Pennsylvania: Pulling the
Gruber video now really doesn't help your cause.
Phil Kerpen (@kerpen)
<https://twitter.com/kerpen/status/531849433286471680>November 10, 2014
University of Pennsylvania officials did not
immediately comment to TheBlaze on why the video was taken down.
Follow Zach Noble (<https://twitter.com/thezachnoble>@thezachnoble) on Twitter
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