It’s [the Cadillac tax] a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.
Barack Obama’s not a stupid man, okay? He knew when he was running for president that quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured.
The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds pay for our bill. In Massachusetts, we had a powerful senator you may know named Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts basically have figured out a way to rip off the feds for about $400 million a year.
Cue Gruber minimizer Nancy Pelosi!
“I don’t know who he is,” Pelosi said of Jonathan Gruber. “He didn’t help write our bill.”
The greatest mystery of the media coverage of this litigation is why anyone should care what Jon Gruber might have said two years after the ACA was adopted while completely ignoring what the members of Congress who wrote the legislation have said they meant. Jon Gruber did not write the bill; he did not vote on it.
After Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.
If someone helped write it, and you try to make them sound like their view is just that of any private citizen, then you’re just being deceptive.
And Pelosi? She can’t even claim technical accuracy.
This is who they are and this is what they do. Here’s Sarah Kliff, then and now:
Then: Gruber “pretty much wrote ObamaCare.”
Jon Gruber, the health economist who pretty much wrote Obamacare, owns 8 parrots. That is all. http://t.co/TfSCX37N
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) March 29, 2012
Now: Gruber was just a numbers cruncher.
Guys, guys. Hey, I get it. Y’all needed deception to pass the bill, and you need deception to save it.
Embrace your inner Gruber.