[Rushtalk] Did You Know We're Stupid?!?

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Mon Nov 10 19:35:50 MST 2014


It took me about ten minutes of reading to realize critical portions of the bill were not meant to be clearly understood.   His admission was no surprise to me.  Tom
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"John A. Quayle" <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:

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>Obamacare Architect: We Passed the Law Thanks to 
>the ‘Stupidity of the American Voter’
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>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.
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>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.
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>“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.”
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>Gruber then trumpeted the value of a “lack of 
>transparency” ­ and called American voters stupid.
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>“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.”
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>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.
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>“Look, I wish 
> we could make it all 
>transparent,” Gruber said, “but I’d rather have this law than not.”
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>UPDATE: The original video that contained 
>Gruber’s comments was deleted from YouTube on Monday morning.
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>Um, hey, University of Pennsylvania: Pulling the 
>Gruber video now really doesn't help your cause. 
><http://t.co/KoW7Kx2WLb>http://t.co/KoW7Kx2WLb
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>­ Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) 
><https://twitter.com/kerpen/status/531849433286471680>November 10, 2014
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>University of Pennsylvania officials did not 
>immediately comment to TheBlaze on why the video was taken down.
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>(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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