Why Did Nancy Pelosi Lie About Knowing Jonathan Gruber?

The Nancy Pelosi lie is a confession about Obamacare.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

Why do we deceive? Certainly, though we often practice minor deceptions in our daily lives, we rarely stop to consciously analyze why we make the decision to forgo the truth in favor of something else. Is it not because deception is often more palatable than the truth? But why choose to present something unreal simply because it is more appealing? What do we gain by doing this? Safety? Power? Deceit is a protective barrier which allows us to control our circumstances to our benefit. Given that, when someone is caught in a lie—especially a large lie—one must immediately ask “Why?” What is to be gained by this specific person at the specific time at which the lie was told? It all sounds obvious, but lies often go unchallenged.

Recent videos have surfaced in which Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber states that Obamacare was passed under false pretenses, that it was specifically designed to be dense as to not be understood, and that it was the stupidity of the American people that allowed the bill to pass. These comments have gone largely unscrutinized by the mainstream press; rather, they have covered how the GOP has reacted to them. But who else knew the false pretenses under which Obamacare was passed? According to Breitbart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently told the press that she had no idea who Jonathan Gruber even was:

I don’t know who [Gruber] is…He didn’t help write our bill.

But the Washington Post caught her in her lie, and exposed her to the light of day. According to the Post, during an interview back in 2009, Pelosi said the following:

We’re not finished getting all of our reports back from CBO, but we’ll have a side by side to compare. But our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange. And our bill takes down those costs, even some now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.”

It didn’t take long for Pelosi’s office to respond by warping the truth yet again. According to her office, what Pelosi meant when she said “I don’t know who Gruber is…he didn’t help write our bill,” she really just meant that she didn’t know Gruber personally. Ah. Yeah, because “I don’t know who he is” is something I often say when talking about someone I have worked with, but don’t know personally.

In light of this grand lie, we must ask “Why?” Why would she lie? Obviously, she would lie to discredit Gruber, distancing herself, and thus Obamacare at large, from his comments. She is protecting Obamacare. It is not often my experience that something good needs to be protected by using deception, let alone something as lauded as Obamacare. If Obamacare were so wonderful, as the left continues to claim, why create such a cloud of deception? Because it is not so wonderful, and they know it.

Obamacare is not a solution to our healthcare crisis, it is a power grab by the federal government designed specifically to forcefully affix more people to the veins of the state, making them more dependent than ever. More dependency means more votes for the Party that is providing the “free” goods, and thus more power. There are numerous practical, market-based principles that could have been applied to make healthcare affordable, and accessible to everyone, yet the left chose to go the big government route instead. Why, if there are easier, and more practical solutions would one decide to go a different way? They wouldn’t. Thus, Obamacare is a power grab, Jonathan Gruber told the truth, and Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to mitigate the damage.

Nancy Pelosi lied to protect the healthcare law which would give her, and her Party more consolidated power. And she thought she could get away with it.