Call it the Stupidity of the American Voter – Jonathan Gruber
Jonathan Gruber is a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a research associate. He is an associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics. In 2009 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association. And most of all he is smarter than the American People, just ask him. He knows what we need, whether we want it or not. He’s from the Federal Government and he’s going to help us. Arrogant, Condescending? Oh, yes.
Reportedly, Jonathan Gruber was paid $400,000 for his consulting work, which included providing the media with a stream of supportive, not necessarily honest, quotes.
The ends justify the means in the Obama Administration, truth and transparency are just words. So is integrity. When you ask the CBO to ‘score’ legislation, they assume they are getting the facts and based on that they give you a score. Most Republicans knew they weren’t getting the facts and that deals made in the middle of the night in order to pass this flawed legislation were nothing short of a con by a shell game artist.
“I think what’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”
Remember, at the heart of Obamacare are those tax subsidies that were supposed to make the Affordable Care Act “affordable.” But there is an ongoing legal battle about those subsidies – one that will be heard by the Supreme Court early next year.
Possibly in light of all the lawsuits over this very issue, Gruber changed his tune when Chris Matthews asked him about it on Hardball. He claimed the state exchange vs. federal exchange debate is the result of a “typo” and that there was no intention of excluding the states. That’s funny, considering Gruber said this in his 2012 speech:
“In the law, it says if the states don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The federal government has been sort of slow in putting out its backstop, I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to do it. I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it. But you know, once again, the politics can get ugly around this.”
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, 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… 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 for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
From Rush Limbaugh: “Lack of transparency” was the key because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed Obamacare. That’s Jonathan Gruber. Once again, he’s an economics professor at MIT, and he said, “Lack of transparency,” meaning honesty. Lack of honesty was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because the stupidity of the American voter would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.
There you go, America.
That is what the Democrat Party thinks of you.
This is not something new. He said this a year ago at a conference of economists, but it’s not new. This is how the Democrat Party thinks of most people, and it’s not hard to believe. They think most people are incapable of taking care of themselves, for example. Particularly women. They think most people are incompetent and will make the wrong decisions if living a life of self-reliance.
The Democrat Party thinks everybody’s a victim, primarily of America or of the Republican Party or of conservatives. They don’t dare be honest with you about what they believe. They know you wouldn’t vote for it, and that’s why you’re stupid. You don’t have the intelligence to see the brilliance of their ideas. What you have is the common sense to know they’re not good.
So this arrogant condescension is a commonplace point of view that is held by practical everybody, particularly at the top ranks of the Democrat Party. “The bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO didn’t score the mandate as taxes.
Are subsidies legal in states who don’t have Obamacare exchanges? The Supreme Court will decide in the meantime, Jonathan Gruber has been on both sides of this issue.