[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


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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 
<http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/25/then-and-now-obamacare-architect-flips-position-on-key-aspect-of-law/>helped 
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 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOfVv-ePcng>Annual 
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 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G790p0LcgbI>one 
52-second clip. “If CBO scored the mandate as 
taxes, the bill dies. OK, 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.”

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 don’t 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 I’d rather have this law than not.”

UPDATE: The original video that contained 
Gruber’s comments was deleted from YouTube on Monday morning.

Um, hey, University of Pennsylvania: Pulling the 
Gruber video now really doesn't help your cause. 
<http://t.co/KoW7Kx2WLb>http://t.co/KoW7Kx2WLb

­ 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.

(H/T: 
<http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/09/obamacare-architect-lack-of-transparency-was-key-because-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-would-have-killed-obamacare/>Daily 
Caller)

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