Ct Patriot:Don’t you see how much they hate us? You stupid Americans…I said this at the time. Go back and look it up. And they are right on the whole we are a nation of dumb asses. I just don’t see why I need to suffer because my neighbors are simple minded.
OBAMACARE ARCHITECT: “LACK OF TRANSPARENCY” WAS KEY TO FOOLING ‘STUPID AMERICANS’
Johnathan Gruber admits deception on Affordable Health Care Act vital to getting bill passed
From 2009-2010 Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration during which time he helped craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
During a recent panel discussion, Gruber explained that the characterization of the individual mandate as a tax, which led to the Supreme Court upholding it as such, was not actually a tax at all.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” stated Gruber. “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 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.”
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he added. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass. Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
SECOND VIDEO EMERGES OF OBAMACARE ARCHITECT CALLING AMERICANS “STUPID”
Gruber paid $400,000 by administration, visited White House a dozen times
During an appearance on Ronan Farrow Daily, Gruber tried to explain away his initial comments by claiming he was speaking “off the cuff” when he said that a “lack of transparency” was crucial in fooling ‘stupid Americans’ during the effort to pass Obamacare.
“I spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments,” said Gruber.
However, another video has emerged from a previous event which illustrates how the MIT professor’s characterization of Americans as “stupid” was a common theme during his public appearances last year.
The clip is from remarks made by Gruber during a lecture at Washington University in St. Louis on October 4, 2013.
THIRD GRUBER VIDEO REVEALS HOW ADMINISTRATION SOUGHT TO HIDE OBAMACARE TAX
“So basically it’s the same thing – we just tax insurance companies, they pass on higher prices”
The clip comes from a November 5, 2012 speech at Rhode Island University. In the first part of the video, Gruber laments the fact that Americans do not have to pay tax on health insurance provided by employers.
The MIT professor then explains how under Obamacare, Americans’ “lack of economic understanding” would be exploited so as to make them think that the “evil insurance companies” were the ones being taxed, when in reality the companies simply “pass on higher prices” to the customer.
“I have been making this speech for twelve years and people would come up to me and say, ‘but wait a second you’re going to tax my heath insurance?’ And I’d say no, no, no! We’re going to tax subsidies on your health insurance. And they’d go ‘you’re going to tax my heath insurance?’ And you just can’t get through its politically impossible. So despite the fact we thought we might get this as part of the law it was going to be dead.”
“Until a second Massachusetts hero arose, John Kerry. John Kerry said no-no we’re not going to tax your heath insurance, we’re going to tax those evil insurance companies. We’re going to impose a tax that if they sell health insurance that’s too expensive we’re going to tax them. And conveniently the tax rate will happen to be the marginal tax rate on the income tax code. So basically it’s the same thing – we just tax insurance companies, they pass on higher prices, that offsets the tax break we get into being the same thing. It’s a very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”
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