Video: James O’Keefe Interviews Man Behind The Gruber Videos

Conservative muckraker, James O’Keefe tracked down “Rich,” the citizen investigator who uncovered so many of the Gruber videos that have laid bare for all to see the dishonest underpinnings of the ObamaCare law.

Via Project Veritas:

During the interview, “Rich” stated that there was intentional mislabeling in the Affordable Care Act in order to hide a secret agenda in the bill: A two-hundred-and-fifty billion dollar per year tax grab.

“President Obama promised us the most transparent administration in history,” said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe. “Rich has opened a new debate about an effect of the Affordable Care Act which will impact over one hundred and fifty million Americans. We deserve to know if part of the Obamacare plan was intended to eliminate the two hundred and fifty billion dollar yearly tax break. If this is the case, we also deserve to why this information was kept from the public by the White House.”

Thanks to “Rich,” the word “Gruber” has become synonymous with “political lie” and wil henceforth be used to expose political lies whenever they’re told.

Gruber and Tavenner On The Hot Seat (Updated With Videos)

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Jonathan Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner on Health Care Law Enrollment: 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber are testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about enrollment issues with ObamaCare.

Happening now. Watch here or here.

Via Fox News:

One of the architects of ObamaCare is in the hot seat Tuesday as Republicans call him before Congress to explain his controversial statements boasting how the law’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Jonathan Gruber’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also marks one of Rep. Darrell Issa’s last, high-profile shots at the health care law before he hands over his chairmanship next year.

Issa, R-Calif. — who has led the committee through controversial probes of the Benghazi attacks, the IRS scandal and more — will lead the questioning of former health adviser Gruber on Tuesday. Gruber, an MIT economist, recently apologized for saying Americans’ “stupidity” was vital to passing the health law in 2010.

Lawmakers also have obtained videos that show Gruber saying the act was written in a “very tortured way.”

Issa told Reuters the public deserves an explanation from Gruber. “If you can’t trust what he says, and what he says he’ll do, to get votes and trick the American people into voting for something, then can you trust his analytics?” Issa said of Gruber.

Rumor has it Grubs will plead the 5th. We’ll soon see.

UPDATE:

Well, Gruber is testifying and it’s glorious.

Issa, not known for his tact asks: “Are you stupid?”

Via GOP Rapid Response: Jonathan Gruber Repeatedly Refuses To Disclose How Much He Earned From ObamaCare:

Trey Gowdy, after quoting some of Gruber’s more obnoxious statements about deceiving the American public, asked,  “all of these quotes that I just read to you – you didn’t mean a single one of them?”

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The Washington Times: Against her wishes, top Obamacare official must be seen with Gruber at oversight hearing:

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), had asked the House oversight hearing to testify about the health care law’s enrollment figures Tuesday on a panel that did not include non-government witnesses — namely Mr. Gruber, the economist called to explain his caught-on-tape remarks about the “stupidity” of American voters and how Obamacare made it through Congress.

 AoSHQ: Gruber Lawyers Up Regarding How Much Money He Made From Governments Advising on ObamaCare

 

Video: The Ultimate #GruberGate mashup

In two and a half minutes American Commitment lays bare the dishonesty, hypocrisy and corruption employed by the Democrat party. If only they were capable of embarrassment….

 

By the way, American Commitmen coined the term, “GruberGate” back in July:

Melissa Francis Slams CNBC’s “Glib and Sarcastic” Response To Her Accusation (Video)

Last Friday Fox Business Network anchor Melissa Francis made news with her allegation that  CNBC “silenced” her for questioning Obamacare.  Francis said executives  chastised her for being “disrespectful to the office of the president” for noting that the ObamaCare numbers don’t add up. She made the point  that the administration relied on people’s (read Democrats) “lack of economic understanding” to help pass ObamaCare and also the liberal media to help cover up the truth.”

On the Kelly File  Monday night, she expanded on her experience at CNBC  and commented on their disrespectful and glib response to her accusation.

Kelly read CNBC’s “nasty little shot” at Francis on the air: “That’s laughable, but we take notice because as the fastest growing network in primetime (Hm! Megyn sniffs) we’re always on the lookout for high quality comedy writers and actresses.”

(Melissa Francis was a child actress who is best known for her role as Cassandra (Cooper) Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie.)

“They don’t try to deny it – they just try to attack you personally,” Kelly declared.

“I guess,” Francis replied. “I thought their response was glib and sarcastic and they treat it like a joke and I don’t think it is a joke.”

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: Senator Chris Murphy, Jake Tapper and the Unsung Villains of GruberGate

Inside Jonathan Gruber’s ObamaCare For Dummies Comic Book

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It didn’t take long for bloggers to get their hands on ObamaCare architect, advisor, consultant, some random guy named Jonathan Gruber’s comic book explaining ObamaCare, (written in simple language so ordinary, stupid Americans can understand it.)

Charles C. Johnson has a good write-up at Got News.

In 2012 Jonathan Gruber designed and published a propagandistic comic book to sell Obamacare to the stupid American voters, Gotnews.com has learned.

While Gruber has said that the stupidity of the American voter was a political asset in passing Obamacare, Gruber nonetheless worked with left-wing groups to explain how the law worked.

Get a load of this:

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Peter Suderman of Reason was one of the few bloggers who wrote about the book back in 2012, when it was released.

Health care is a giant fat person crushing Congress. Or at least that’s the picture readers get—quite literally—from reading Jonathan Gruber’s Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works, a desperate attempt to make the case for Obama­Care in graphic novel form.

Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served as a chief architect of Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform, which provided the model for the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He then worked as a paid consultant for the widely unpopular federal law. Gruber plays a central role in his own book, appearing as a nerdy-looking cartoon character who guides readers through an illustrated version of federal health policy basics with exciting lines like “the best and most comprehensive parts of the ACA are yet to come.”

Why deploy cartoon Gruber to battle cartoon villains such as a mummy who warns that Obama­Care won’t cover the uninsured and a lagoon creature who tries to scare people into thinking the law will cause insurance premiums to rise? Perhaps because at this point the law’s defenders are desperate enough to try anything to make it more popular. This is a far cry from the run-up to PPACA’s passage, when Democratic strategists convinced themselves that sagging public support would be turned around once people finally understood the law’s benefits.

Note that Gruber was still peddling the 2013 lie of the year to gullible Americans in his 2012 comic book:

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Gruber collaborated with the Obama-centric Center for American Progress to produce this video using his work and comic books to sell Obamacare.

There’s much more at Got News.

Jeanine Pirro: Hey Gruber – Americans Aren’t Stupid! (Video)

On Saturday night’s Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro, the Fox host let-er-rip against Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber for bragging about the deceptions used to pass ObamaCare and insulting the intelligence of the American people.

“They think you’re stupid, that they can pull the wool over your eyes. They know more than you do. And that they know what’s good for you and it’s best to simply keep you in the dark. So, why lie to the American people? And make no mistake, we were lied to. Starting with ‘you can keep your health care plan and your doctor,’ to ‘this isn’t a tax, it’s just a penalty’” she said.

In reaction to the White House’s attempt to distance itself from Gruber, Pirro pointed out that “records confirm that Gruber spent time at the White House and Gruber himself says he met with the president twice, including in the Oval Office to discuss the law. Hey, Gruber, Americans aren’t stupid. We knew all along that Obamacare was nothing more than an attempt to socialize medicine and tax us to pay for this redistribution of wealth.”

She declared, “if they think that we can’t see that this is simply a transfer of wealth from those who have insurance to those who don’t, from the young and healthy to those who are old and sick, a transfer of wealth from legals to illegals, then they’re the ones who are stupid.”

“Yes, we were right all along,” she said triumphantly.  “We never liked ObamaCare from the get-go. True costs were hidden in a 1,700 page bill that we would only understand once it was passed.”

She concluded her opening statement by having some fun with Nancy Pelosi.

Her first guest was noted healthcare expert Avik Roy of Forbes and National Review. He said none of the Obama administration’s promises ever made any sense and most people figured that out.

He said that there’s absolutely no doubt that Jonathan Gruber was the central figure in the crafting of the bill.

 

Pirro’s next guest former NY Lt Governor and health care expert Betsy McCaughey came on lugging her dogeared copy of the ObamaCare law with her. “I am committed to repealing that law. Never mind what Avik Roy says,” she declared. “Those who say we can reform this law within the framework of this law, hasn’t read this law. It is rotten to the core.”

She predicted that the the Halbig decision (which is expected next summer) will be the end of the law because “four out of five people who sign up for this law get a subsidy.” She continued, “the subsidies are so big compared with the price, once the Supreme Court rules, their going to see the actual price of these ObamaCare “affordable” plans and it’s going to be 400% higher than it currently is.”

She predicted that “the exchange period that started today – it’s going to be the last one in history.”

From her lips to God’s ears.

The Gruber Tapes 1 – 14 (Updated)

I thought it might be useful to compile these all in one place and update as needed. (There will be more.)

THE GRUBER TAPES

#1: Gruber proudly cites the lack of transparency in crafting the bill, taunting the American people as to stupid to notice the subterfuge.

“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,” said Gruber in the recently released bombshell video of a University of Pennsylvania panel he was on in October, 2013.

#2: Gruber again displays his contempt for the American people who are “too stupid to understand the difference”

On Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel, a new clip of ObamaCare architect of Jonathan Gruber saying that “American voters are too stupid to understand the difference” of the language of the ObamaCare legislation.

#3:  Obamacare Architect Talks About ‘Basic Exploitation’ Of American Voters 

“It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said during a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012.
He was discussing what is known as the Cadillac tax and how it came into being.

#4: Obamacare architect discussed misleading public:

“Barack Obama’s not a stupid man, okay?” Gruber said in his remarks at the College of the Holy Cross on March 11, 2010. “He knew when he was running for president that quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured….What the American public cares about is costs. And that’s why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control. How it’s going to lower the cost of health care, that’s all they talk about. Why? Because that’s what people want to hear about because a majority of American care about health care costs.”

The video has been removed from Youtube, but you can watch the entire speech on the C-SPAN website here.

Gruber said the measures in the bill that attempt to lower costs constitute a “spaghetti approach” — throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. And while preferable to the status quo, Gruber said he could offer no guarantee that any of the measures would work.

#5: Gruber Laughs at and Mocks ObamaCare Critic’s Accurate Predictions

Watchdog.org’s Bruce Parker has this clip from the ObamaCare architect’s appearance before a Vermont legislative panel in February 2011, where one of the committee members read a warning letter about the dangers of adopting a massive, top-down government program controlling health insurance markets. After hearing a list of predicted negative consequences, Gruber dismissed it as something that might have been “written by my adolescent children”

#6: ‘Mislabeling’ helped us get rid of tax breaks

The issue at hand in this sixth video is known as the “Cadillac tax,” which was represented as a tax on employers’ expensive health insurance plans. While employers do not currently have to pay taxes on health insurance plans they provide employees, starting in 2018, companies that provide health insurance that costs more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family will have to pay a 40 percent tax.

“Economists have called for 40 years to get rid of the regressive, inefficient and expensive tax subsidy provided for employer provider health insurance,” Gruber said at the Pioneer Institute for public policy research in Boston. The subsidy is “terrible policy,” Gruber said.

“It turns out politically it’s really hard to get rid of,” Gruber said. “And the only way we could get rid of it was first by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans.”

(The White House press secretary said at a press briefing in 2010: “I would disagree with your notion that it is a tax on an individual since the proposal is written as a tax on an insurance company that offers a plan.”)

UPDATE (Nov 15):

#7:  2012 OFA ‘Truth Team’ video features Jonathan Gruber touting O-care development role

As Democrats try to distance themselves from “this guy Gruber”, a 2012 “Truth Team” video emerges which proudly touts his involvement in crafting the law.

UPDATE: (Nov 17)

#8 Gruber: States Refusing to Expand Medicaid “Awesome” in their “Evilness”

A new video featuring Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, uncovered by White House Dossier today, shows Gruber concurring that some states refusing to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare do so out of racist motives and asserting that the refusal is “almost awesome in its evilness” and an effort to “punish poor people.”

About half the states have refused to accept federal dollars to expand their Medicaid programs as part of the new insurance coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act. States say they have done so not to hurt poor people – or minorities, for that matter – but because they view Medicaid as a failed program and fear that the increasing costs of the expansion to be born by the states are unaffordable.

Many probably also think Obamacare harms their populations and don’t want to take actions that would support it.

 #9 Jonathan Gruber: ‘The Short Attention Span of the American Public Works To President Obama’s Advantage

Rightpundit unearthed an interview from 2013, showing Gruber commenting on the disastrous rollout of Obamacare. In another insult to the intelligence of the American voter, he said going forward, the “the short attention span of the American public” works to the president’s advantage. “A year from now when the law’s working, it will be long forgotten,” Gruber said.

The attention span of the American public is perhaps a little longer than Gruber realizes. A year later, ObamaCare’s approval rating stands at it’s lowest point to date – 37% according to Gallup.

#10:  Jonathan Gruber: “I Love the Hillary Clinton Plan”:

Jonathan Gruber praised Hillary Clinton’s health care plan in the run up to the 2008 election.

“I love the Hillary Clinton plan. What can I say? The Hillary Clinton plan was the Massachusetts plan,” Gruber said. “The Hillary Clinton plan was Obama’s plan plus the mandate. And I think it was a better plan.”

Gruber let’s the cat out of the bag, here: “I was surprised politically she did that. I think Obama was a lot smarter politically to not have a mandate–at least in his proposal for the election.”

When Obama was running in 2008, he was “against” the  unpopular individual mandate.

#11: Jonathan Gruber Contradicts Himself on Obamacare and Single-Payer:

Speaking at a health care town hall event held in Seattle back in January 2012, Gruber said that if Obamacare was not successful at controlling costs, “we’ll have to revisit single-payer.” Gruber emphasized the point by stating it twice in response to a question about whether Obamacare could succeed at controlling costs without a public option.

But Gruber’s 2012 statement was called into question by Gruber himself in October of this year at Harvard University. “It’s very important to recognize the fallacy of something I frequently hear which is well, if Obamacare fails next we’ll go to single-payer. That is absolutely backwards,” Gruber said. He added, “Every single health reform effort moves to the right. If you like single-payer then Obamacare has to succeed.”

The contradiction was caught by Rich Weinstein, the same person who uncovered a series of video clips which have made Gruber and his role in crafting Obamacare a major topic of conversation this month.

Watch video here.

#12:  Gruber provides stunning evidence favoring the side that is seeking to destroy Obamacare in a case headed to the Supreme Court:

Here’s what he said in January 2012:

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.”

Here’s why this is so important.

The Supreme Court agreed last month to hear arguments in a case that claims subsidies for people under Obamacare are only for people who, as spelled out in the law, use an exchange established by a state. The infamous federal exchange was really a backup mechanism that the law’s writers didn’t expect to be used because, you know, what state would refuse federal subsidies and fail to set up an exchange?

Thirty six, as it turned out. So as you can see, if people in these states can’t get subsidies because of a ruling by the Supreme Court,   a central component of Obamacare falls apart, and possibly the law itself.

UPDATE (12/11/2014):

#13 Gruber’s 2011 Reply on Federal Fallback Exchange:

Gruber  states that he’s not super panicked that a number of states have not yet set up exchanges, (because under Obamacare, subsidies  are only for people who use an exchange established by a state.) Explains that there’s still a lot of time for them to do so before October of 2014.

#14: Gruber boasts of helping to write ObamaCare:

At a congressional hearing on December 9, Jonathan Gruber claimed that he was not the “architect” of ObamaCare people were making him out to be – but a mere “advisor.

But in the latest Gruber video to be released, Gruber portrayed himself as (full disclosure!) one of the primary designers of the Affordable Care Act.

Bonus videos:

Peter Orzag, Obama’s Budget Director in 2009, Lauds “Cadillac Plan” Tax Chicanery As More “Viable” Than Other Possibilities

In the 2008 campaign, McCain took the gutsy step of arguing in favor of repealing the health care exemption — gusty, because while most Pointy Heads agreed this would make the best policy, most people just say “You’re gonna tax my health insurance?!”

And note McCain offered a $10,000 or so tax credit in the deal — so that most people would not experience any negative tax consequences from the change in the law.

Obama ran against this and demagogued McCain on the issue. He promised he would not tax your health insurance.

As soon as he’s elected, Obama begins scheming as to how he can tax people’s health insurance — this time, not bothering to offer the $10,000 tax credit, which would make people net-neutral on the deal. He wants to tax them more. So no tax credit.

And since he just got done demagoguing the issue, he has to do it secretly. So he gets together with Orzag and Gruber to repeal the exemption over the course of years, as the “Cadillac Plan” threshold fails to keep pace with actual inflation.

So where are we now? Well, according to Gruber, we are 20 years away fromall plans being taxed at 40% rate, which means that most employers won’t offer them, and will just dump people on to the government exchanges.

The man behind many of these videos, mild mannered investment advisor, Richard Weinstein on the Chris Stigall Show on WPHT in Philadelphia, Nov 12  claiming more video is still to come regarding Obamacare.

“The big one” may have been #6.

Watch Obamacare architect say his reputation would suffer if he blatantly lied!

The Obamacare architect is the moronic gift that just keeps on giving. In this newest video to come out, Jonathan Gruber says that academics can be trusted more than anyone else because if he blatantly lied, his reputation would suffer, unlike all the other industries where people lie all the time!

Democrats Loved Jonathan Gruber Before They Forgot Who He Was:

Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said in 2009 Gruber’s defense of the Affordable Care Act was high praise, indeed, according to PJ Media.

“CBO’s experts aren’t the first to recognize these benefits,” Reid said. “Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Jonathan Gruber, who is one of the most respected economists in the world, said in today’s Washington Post, ‘Here’s a bill that reduces the deficit, covers 30 million people and has the promise of lowering premiums in the long run.’ Pretty good statement.”

Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) also took care to name Gruber on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 2009.

“In addition to the Congressional Budget Office, I might say that MIT’s John Gruber has also done a study on our premiums and what does he conclude—he concludes, using Congressional Budget Office data, that the Senate bill could mean that people purchasing individual insurance would save every year $200 for single coverage and $500 for family coverage in 2009.”

Then-Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) praised Gruber in 2009 as well before saying this week that she didn’t know him and that he didn’t write the bill.

“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,” she said in 2009. “Our bill takes down those costs, even some now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.”

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 The Daily Caller: Gruber in 2010: I’m an Ivory Tower Kind of Guy:

A snippet of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber speaking candidly has resurfaced, but this time it’s about himself rather than American voters.

“I’m an ivory tower guy at heart and do my thing and figure I’m an honest guy and people will trust it,” Gruber told Politico in Jan. 2010.

The self-description is likely to resonate with the public after several videotaped recordings surfaced this week of Gruber calling Americans “stupid” and bragging about how “a lack of transparency” was necessary to pass Obamacare.

Gruber called himself “an ivory tower guy” after it came to light that he had been paid $392,600 by the Obama administration to help create Obamacare. Some media outlets that used Gruber as a source – such as Politico and Ezra Klein, then of the Washington Post – were unaware of the arrangement.

The Daily Caller: Gruber: ‘Seniors do a terrible job choosing’ health care plans:

ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said “seniors do a terrible job choosing” their own public health care plans, according to presentation slides Gruber wrote that were obtained by The Daily Caller.

With ObamaCare limiting patients’ ability to choose their own insurance plans, doctors and medications, we might now know why: the law’s designers don’t think people know how to choose.

“We have experimented with choice in public insurance: Medicare Part D,” Gruber stated on a presentation slide dated Jan. 22, 2013. “Typical senior has 50 PDPs [Prescription Drug Plans] to choose from.”

But what’s wrong with seniors being able to choose their own plan?

“Seniors do a terrible job choosing,” Gruber said.

Gruber’s slide then claimed that 12 percent of seniors allegedly picked the lowest-cost Medicare Part D plan and could on average save up to 30 percent more, without noting that some seniors pick prescription drug plans that work for them that are not necessarily the cheapest possible plan.

The Daily Caller: Gruber Video: ‘Guns Are A Public Health Issue’ [VIDEO]

Another video has resurfaced of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, this one showing the Obamacare architect speaking candidly about guns while claiming that the National Rifle Association is holding “hostage” President Barack Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General.

“By the way you have now permanently prevented yourself from winning a high elected office in the United States despite your charisma,” Harold Pollack told Gruber at the end of a three-part interview about Obamacare recorded in April, predicting the backlash Gruber is facing by months in advance.

“You know they’ll be playing this tape back in an endless loop with a guy with a deep voice in the background,” Pollack predicted.

Gruber doubled down, segueing from speaking openly about Obamacare to another topic.

“I’ll guarantee it further by highlighting that guns are a public health issue,” Gruber said.

Powerline: A WORD WITH THE MAN WHO…

The RightScoop puts it this way: “This is a great interview [by] Pat and Stu [with] Richard Weinstein, the man who is responsible for bringing us the latest Gruber videos. He explains what sparked his interest in Gruber and how he was ignored by everyone (even by Glenn Beck and crew) when he was trying to draw attention a Gruber video earlier this year.”

Inside Jonathan Gruber’s ObamaCare For Dummies Comic Book:

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Linked by Doug Ross, and Legal Insurrection, and Newsbusters,  thanks!