“[Jonathan] Gruber, who was paid half a million dollars to design Obamacare, is on tape bragging about how the Democrats relied on ‘the stupidity of the American voter’ to pass that law. Which, ironically, was sort of a stupid thing to say on camera.
“By now there are so many tapes of Gruber explaining how Obamacare fooled stupid Americans that they’re being released as a boxed set in time for Christmas.
“Gruber, who will hereafter be known as ‘the architect of Obamacare,’ said: ‘If you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. … Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.’ …
“The bald-faced lies told to pass Obamacare expose not only that law, but all Democratic economic claims. When Obama boasts that it will be a huge boon to the economy to give amnesty to millions of low-wage workers, who won’t pay income taxes but will need a lot of government services, remember: Obamacare was supposed to save money, too.” —Ann Coulter, Downing Street Gruber
“[One] myth we heard for weeks leading up to the elections was that Republicans had abandoned Obamacare as an issue. Turns out some of the biggest winners in the most competitive states – Cory Gardner in Colorado, Ernst in Iowa – were full-throated critics of the Affordable Care Act and never shied away. According to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, Obamacare ads dominated TV and radio. The GOP ran about 13,000 Obamacare ads in Senate races in one week leading up to Election Day. When was the last time a single piece of legislation dominated a midterm in that way? No doubt Democrats will continue to argue that historic Republican gains had nothing to do with the most discussed legislation in America. But it is far more plausible that Obamacare has fathered two colossal-wave elections by the GOP in a mere four years – which, by any measurement, makes it the least popular federal law in our lifetimes.” —David Harsanyi, The Republican Wave Debunked Big Myths About the Obama Era
“If past presidents could boast of signature achievements, Obama could boast of a signature lie. On at least forty occasions, he promised, in one form or another, that ‘no matter how we reform health care,’ no one would take anyone’s existing health plan away, ‘no matter what.’ Obama would build his presidency on this promise. He would pass the Affordable Care Act on this promise. He would get re-elected on this promise. It would prove to be the most consequential lie in domestic political history.
“The millions who lost their coverage should not have been surprised. During a debate with McCain in 2008, Obama falsely claimed that because of a ‘pre-existing condition’ Cigna refused to cover his mother’s cancer treatment. Even after this trumpery was exposed in the New York Times, he repeated it in a 2012 campaign ad. A man who was willing to lie about the death of his mother surely would have no trouble lying to voters about their health care plans. But then again, given their ‘stupidity,’ there was no other way to get the bill passed.” —Jack Cashill, Joe Wilson Was Right
“Obama’s silly ‘I just read about this in the news, and boy am I pissed’ excuse – which he has trotted out in the early stages of every single scandal to rock his Administration – is even less convincing than usual with respect to Gruber. This is an obedience test, both for Obama’s dwindling band of hard-core supporters and his media allies. He’s looking you right in the eye and lying with such extravagance that you must sacrifice your own will and dignity in order to pretend you believe him. You’ve come this far with him; now it’s time to cross the mystical River Lethe, where memories are drowned, and accept his command to erase Jonathan Gruber from the history of ObamaCare.
“It’s a tactic that has worked for Obama before, but there are plenty of reasons to think it won’t work this time, beginning with the sheer lunacy of the president dismissing Gruber as some guy who just happened to hang around the ObamaCare clubhouse while the cool kids were making all the big decisions, and the question of when the American people will grow annoyed with the most powerful man in the world for perpetually claiming complete ignorance of everything.
“The growing unpopularity of ObamaCare is another factor. A new Gallup poll released on Monday found the health-care scheme hitting an all-time low approval rating. That survey couldn’t have reflected much of the Gruber fallout – Gallup credits the midterm elections as being a major factor, which would certainly be a sign of poor political health for the Affordable Care Act.
“And then there’s the always-tricky question of when Obama’s loyal media allies will grow tired of the abusive, domineering relationship they’re trapped in with President Boyfriend. Several news outlets have made absolute fools of themselves trying to embargo the Gruber story… only to be completely outmaneuvered by Fox News when Ed Henry threw that question at Obama, obliging the blackout networks to report on his response, and sheepishly explain to their viewers what the Fox News, conservative blog, and talk-radio audiences have been buzzing about for a week. If you rely on the broadcast networks for news, you are, quite simply, not as well-informed as those audiences, a lesson that certainly won’t be forgotten by the advertising departments of the outlets that scooped Big Media on a story it deliberately tried to avoid covering.” —John Hayward, Obama Never Heard of That Gruber Guy
“Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case claiming that the administration is violating its own health-care law, which clearly specifies that subsidies can be given only to insurance purchased on ‘exchanges established by the state.’ Just 13 states have set up such exchanges. Yet the administration is giving tax credits to plans bought on the federal exchange — serving 37 states — despite what the law says.
“If the plaintiffs prevail, the subsidy system collapses and, with it, Obamacare itself. Which is why the administration is frantically arguing that ‘exchanges established by the state’ is merely sloppy drafting, a kind of legislative typo. And that the intent all along was to subsidize all plans on all exchanges.
“Re-enter Professor Gruber. On a separate video in a different speech, he explains what Obamacare intended: ‘If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.’ The legislative idea was to coerce states into setting up their own exchanges by otherwise denying their citizens subsidies.
“This may have been a stupid idea, but it was no slip. And it’s the law, as written, as enacted and as intended. It can be changed by Congress only, not by the executive. Which is precisely what the plaintiffs are saying.” —Charles Krauthammer, The Gruber Confession
For further enlightenment:
Smug Filled Rooms, by Clarice Feldman
Obamacare Premiums Soar As Much As 78% to Help Cover ‘Essential Health Benefits’, by Valerie Richardson
Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges, by Barbara Boland
The Facts Behind Obamacare’s Numbers, by Ed Feulner
As Insurers Try to Limit Costs, Providers Hit Patients With More Separate Fees, by Elisabeth Rosenthal
If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep Your Plan (Ray Stevens)
Is Obamacare Working, Or Are We All Going to Die? (Andrew Klavan)
Architects of Obamacare Deserve Prison (Wayne Allyn Root)