Jonathan Gruber’s the guy who helped craft the Obamacare legislation and who also made headlines recently with his comments about “stupid Americans” who helped get the bill passed. Nancy Pelosi actually had mentioned him by name a few years ago when she was trying to tout Obamacare as the “liberation” and “freedom” that it is.
Back in 2009, in comparing a Republican healthcare bill with Obamacare, she stated at a press conference:
“…And secondly, the Republican plan ensures about 3 million more people than now, and ours does 36 million people. So that’s a very big difference in that.
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.”
Now that there’s footage of Gruber making some rather candid comments about how they had to be sneaky to get the bill passed, and how it only passed because Americans are stupid (which is true, by the way…Obama’s election and re-election is proof enough of that), Pelosi has to act like she has no idea who Gruber is. She doesn’t want to talk about him. Just listen to her stammer:
Then, when video came out of Pelosi talking about Gruber’s analysis back in 2009, Pelosi’s office had to back-pedal. “Oh, you mean that Jonathan Gruber.” Here’s the Washington Post:
Pelosi’s office told the Washington Post that the minority leader meant that she didn’t know Gruber personally.
“She said she doesn’t ‘know who he is,’ not that she’s never heard of him,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.
Hammill added: “We’ve cited the work of dozens upon dozens of economists over the years. As the leader said today, Mr. Gruber played no role in drafting our bill.”
It sort of reminds me of that scene in Princess Bride where Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley are trying to force Yellin to open the castle gate: