From Fox News.
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber tried to explain and even justify his controversial comments about ObamaCare during a profuse apology on Tuesday before a House committee — as Rep. Darrell Issa accused him of creating a false model as part of “a pattern of intentional misleading” to get ObamaCare passed.
Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also came down hard on Marilyn Tavvener, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who he has accused in the past of allegedly inflating enrollment numbers and “cooking the books.”
Issa told Gruber: “You made a series of troubling statements that were not only an insult to the American people, but revealed a pattern of intentional misleading [of] the public about the true impact and nature of ObamaCare.”
Gruber has come under fire for claiming ObamaCare’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”
He delivered a mea culpa of sorts in his opening remarks on Tuesday for what he called his “mean and insulting” comments, explaining some of his remarks while trying to take some of them back. After once saying a lack of transparency helped the law pass, Gruber said Tuesday he does not think it was passed in a “non-transparent fashion.”
……”I sincerely apologize for conjecturing with a tone of expertise and for doing so in such a disparaging fashion,” Gruber said.
Here’s just one of Gruber’s takes on how the bill was rammed down the throats of the American people:
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. 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 healthy people are going to pay in – you made 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. … Look, I wish (health economist) Mark (Pauly) was right (that) we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
Another video surfaced and was played on Fox News’ “The Kelley File,” which showed Gruber speaking at an October 2013 event at Washington University in St. Louis. Referring to the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-end health plans, he said: “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”
In other words, you can’t be forced to buy government-mandated healthcare, but the government will impose a penalty tax if you don’t have your own insurance. The IRS will come after you. Don’t think so? You must not have read the ObamaCare bill:
TITLE IV—AMENDMENTS TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986
Subtitle A—Shared Responsibility
PART 1—INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new part:
‘‘PART VIII—HEALTH CARE RELATED TAXES
‘‘SUBPART A. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.
‘‘Sec. 59B. Tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage.
‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of—
‘‘(1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over
(2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.
….costing more than $675 billion over the next 10 years, according to the House Ways and Means Committee. Of those, 12 tax hikes would affect families earning less than $250,000 per year, the panel said, including a “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans, a tax on insurance providers, and an excise tax on medical device manufacturers.
Now, the whole trouble is that millions of people lost the affordable healthcare plans they already had because ObamaCare declared them null and void.
Apparently, the Dems who supported it were pretty stupid; they had to “pass it to find out what’s in it”.
At least one of them publicly acknowledged that she knew Obama lied his ass off when he repeated (30 times) “If you like your insurance plan/doctor, you can keep it, period.”
The Dem majority rammed that fucking atrocity through the legislature in 2010 in spite of all the hell raised by a large segment of the population who knew damned well what was in it. It’s a toxic law that will increase family premiums by $3000, hike taxes on the Middle Class, create death panels, and will cost an estimated $1.8 trillion annually. Not all of us were as stupid as Gruber thinks. Stupid people swallowed the DemProg pablum. Smart people who opposed ObamaCare, were labeled “Nazis, “evil mongers”, “anarchists” and “terrorists”, by the same assholes who wouldn’t dare subject themselves to the same screwed up healthcare system.
BTW: These are the douchebags who trampled the Constitution to inflict ObamaCare on this country:
They gloated over the stupidity of the 52.9% of American voters who installed Obama in the first place. Gruber’s assertion has some merit in that there are a lot of ‘tards out there in the population who should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to vote or breed.
You got what you voted for, stupid.