A key Obamacare architect–who helped design Obama’s signature healthcare bill–admitted that a lack of transparency as well as the stupidity of the American people are what got the bill passed. If people knew and understood the true intent of Obamacare, they wouldn’t have supported it. No wonder Pelosi said that we had to pass it in order to find out what was in it.
In a newly unearthed 2013 clip, Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist who helped craft parts of the Affordable Care Act, got fairly candid about the tactics used to get the Affordable Care Act passed during a panel at the Annual Health Economists’ Conference last year.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber said in one 52-second clip. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK, 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.”
Gruber then trumpeted the value of a “lack of transparency” — and called American voters stupid.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber said. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”
Better for the American people to be saddled with a law they don’t understand, Gruber claimed, than for them to understand the law and rally against it.
“Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent,” Gruber said, “but I’d rather have this law than not.”
The only thing that’s somewhat surprising is how honest he is. We all knew what a disaster of a train wreck Obamacare was going to be. We all knew it was shoved through without anyone having read it.
But voters don’t care what’s in bills before they decide they like them. All they knew was that it was being pushed by the President for whom they voted and by the media, which they watch religiously. And anyone who criticized the bill or the President or the media was racist.
The American voters got fleeced, and now it’s too late to fix anything, because the GOP is totally fine with Obamacare in principle. They just want their own name on it.