Politico Reporter Has Incredible Change of Mind on Whether Gruber Is a Chief “Architect” of ObamaCare
Paige Winfield Cunningham (remember the name: it becomes important) had a piece in Politico on November 13 titled New Obamacare furor: Was Jonathan Gruber the “architect”? (Politico boycott suspended for this post so I can more easily mock them.)
Democrats are miffed that he portrays himself as a chief architect of ObamaCare:
Democrats are miffed that Gruber has portrayed himself as the “architect” of Obamacare. If he had stuck with being among the legion of policy and technical experts who played a role in the massive legislation, his insulting words wouldn’t have been so combustible.
I said, Democrats are really miffed that he portrays himself as a chief architect of ObamaCare:
Obamacare backers — including some Democratic Hill aides past and present who didn’t want to be quoted by name — are miffed that Gruber depicts himself as the architect, given that hundreds of people were involved in the law’s drafting, drawing on new ideas as well as those that had been analyzed and debated for years.
“Gruber is like a lot of people who were involved in the debate. He’s an economist. He’s not a political analyst or commentator,” said Jay Angoff, who used to oversee Affordable Care Act implementation for HHS and who does not know the economist personally.
(Editor? Is there an editor in the house?) I’m sure this has nothing to do with how Democrats feel, but: Paige Winfield Cunningham then offers her own editorial analysis, saying in effect: hey, guys, it’s not like this guy is a chief architect of ObamaCare or anything:
But while conservatives are all but labeling him the giver of Obamacare in their effort to wring political points out of his statements, Gruber wasn’t the first to suggest such central components as the law’s exchanges, mandates, insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion.
And, the law’s proponents point out, he was more of a scorekeeper than an actual creator of the law.
But on July 25, 2014, the same reporter, Paige Winfield Cunningham, had a different view:
One of Obamacare’s chief architects, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, just handed conservatives a gotcha moment.
Health law opponents and conservative academics are highlighting a two-year-old video of Gruber — who has advised both the Obama administration and then-Gov. Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health reform effort — in which he seems to agree that the law’s health insurance subsidies can’t be awarded through federal-run exchanges, only through the state-run markets.
So it’s not like he’s an “actual creator” of the law — just one of its “chief architects.” You see the distinction, don’t you? Yeah, me neither.
I love their creative use of photos, by the way:
Note the consistent spin in both stories. The story is not Gruber’s comments, but how they are being highlighted by Republicans. How they give Republicans a “gotcha moment.” How Republicans “wring political points out of his statements.”
The stories are not about the content of what Gruber said, but how opportunistic Republicans try to exploit what he said. That is a time-honored Big Media tactic for minimizing embarrassing statements by Democrats.
So is totally changing their story on a key fact to fit Democrats’ political needs.
Thanks to Jimmy Princeton on Twitter.