Is Obama kidding when he claims, ‘I just heard about this’?
Just heard about what has dominated the headlines for the past week? Video after video of Jonathan Gruber keeps emerging where he’s telling all the dirty little truths about Obamacare and its passage, truths that those who have been paying attention have been saying all along. As one of Obamacare’s chief architects, it’s surprising to find him saying it on tape and perhaps even more so to watch the White House try to back-pedal away from him now that he’s doing damage.
President Obama speaking out for the first time about Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, appears to be on damage control as are his colleagues. The president is denying Gruber’s claims that Obamacare was designed to take advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter”. This, after now SIX videos have emerged of the MIT economist insulting the intelligence of the American people, as the administration downplays his involvement.
Now listen to Obama commenting as he tries to put as much distance as possible between the White House and Gruber when asked about the controversy by Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry at a news conference at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday :
Here’s Henry’s question and Obama’s response (via RCP – video):
ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: At your Burma townhall a couple of days ago, you tried to inspire young leaders by saying, “governments need to be held accountable, need to be responsive to the people.” I wonder how you square that with your former adviser, Jonathan Gruber claiming you were not transparent about the health law because in his words the American people, the voters are stupid. Did you mislead Americans about the taxes, about keeping your plan in order to get the bill passed?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, I did not. I just heard about this. I get well-briefed before I come out here. The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run. We had a year-long debate, Ed. I mean, go back and look at your stories. The one thing we can’t say is that we did not have a lengthy debate about health care in the United States of America. Or that it was not adequately covered. I would just advise — every press outlet here, go back and pull up every clip, every story, and I think it will — it’s fair to say there was not a provision in the health care law that was not extensively debated and was fully transparent. Now, there were folks who disagreed with some of the various positions. It was a tough debate.