A consultant's off-record braggadocio outs Obama....
Here is what Obama claims he just learned about, via his own denial (0:33 into 3:08 tape) of prior knowledge re newly-disclosed deliberate deception of the public to pass ObamaCare. Now, on to the deceptions.
MIT economist & highly-paid Team Obama consultant--19 White House visits--Jonathan Gruber is now on the Internet in several ObamaCare videos showing him dissing voters. Here are links to statements by the man a 3/28/2012 NY Times article called O-Care's "architect.": Gruber citing voter "stupidity" as the key (2:01) in winning passage; Gruber reiterating "stupid" (0:55) re voters; Gruber explaining that telling voters that O-Care taxes insurance companies obscures the reality that the tax (like all taxes) falls on people.
Perhaps most damaging of all for Team Obama, Gruber explained on 1/18/2012 that the reason for the law's offering subsidies to state exchanges only, and not to federal exchanges, was to coerce states into setting up health insurance exchanges. The Supreme Court will review the exchange subsidy issue, with a decision by June 2015; Gruber's health-exchange subsidy design disclosure will not help the government's central argument therein: that the law's omission of subsidies for federal exchanges was an inadvertent typo in legislative drafting.
Gruber's "Cadillac tax"--a 40 percent tax in the Senate O-Care version, imposed on individual premiums above $8,500 & family policies above $23,000--was explained in his 12/28/2009 WashPost op-ed. This tax is in Gruber's formulation a sotto voce phase-out of the politically hugely popular, hitherto sacrosanct, tax exemption for employer-provided health insurance plans. Healthcare maven Tevi Troy explains the "Cadillac tax" provision (which in the final bill applied to individual premiums above $10,200 & family premiums above $27,500).
For all this, Gruber earned $5.9 million, between federal & state contracts.
And savor the delicious juxtaposition of two Nancy Pelosi statements (first, lauding Gruber; second, claiming she had never heard of him). The Congressional Budget Office relied upon Gruber's analysis; the article, by Jeffrey Anderson for the Weekly Standard, links to numerous statements by top Obama officials citing Gruber's work as central to the law's support.
GOP House star Trey Gowdy, eloquent former prosecutor, eviscerates Gruber in his Nov. 12 Megyn Kelly interview (8:11).
Here is a pithy summary from Charles Krauthammer, as to the administration's farrago of lies that aimed to deceive voters--and, the courts, too.
Bottom Line. Lies, lies and more lies. The law did get passed, but voters have heavily punished Obama twice at the polls, in the 2010 & 2014 off-year elections. And if the Supremes take Gruber's confession to heart, along with classic arguments about courts not being supposed to correct asserted errors--let alone, if such arguments are deceptive claims--in legislative drafting, the Supremes may inflict the ultimate punishment when they rule on the exchange subsidy case: undercutting O-Care's financial foundation, and thus setting the stage for the law's financial death spiral.
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