Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying that liberals wake up every morning and ask themselves, “how can we fool them, today?”
Nothing demonstrates that truism better than the dishonest methods Democrats used to passed ObamaCare.
The government takeover of the United States health care system was based on lies according to the law’s architect, Jonathan Gruber, in a recently revealed video. Gruber, the MIT professor who helped design Obamacare, openly stated that the law was passed through stealth to fool the stupid American people.
Because dishonesty and lack of transparency is Grubby Gruber’s M/O, he has been caught lying about the law in the past.
In 2012, after he started a lucrative business helping states set up their health care exchanges, Gruber argued that according to the letter of the law, only state exchanges were eligible for subsidies. But by the summer of 2014, with legal challenges based on that reading of the law threatening to dismantle it, he did a complete 180, saying, it’s ‘nutty’ to assert that subsidies only flow through state-based exchanges.
In the newly released video, Gruber is seen on a panel on October 17, 2013, admitting that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax. It was written specifically to hide the mandate as a tax because if everyone understood that ObamaCare was financed through a huge-ass tax, it would have been impossible to pass. This video puts to rest once and for all any doubt that the law was written with the intention to deceive.
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.”
Now some pundits are taking his words, And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass – to mean that the American people were too stupid to appreciate what a wonderful gift ObamaCare was so they had to be lied to.
I see it as that and an admission of the low regard the elites have for “the American people” – how easy they are to fool and manipulate (in essence Democrats, because Republicans weren’t fooled.)
If you were like me, in 2009 and 2010, you were constantly appalled and frankly mortified that your fellow countrymen (Democrats) were buying the BS that more people would be covered for less money, would receive better quality of care, all our insurance rates go down, and we’d all get to keep our plans and doctors. We were obviously being lied to, that was clear back in 2009 – but the people pushing the law had such a low regard for “the American people” (Democrats) they knew they could get away with it. And the Democrats let them.
In the Fall of 2010 there was a reckoning from the voting public (heavily Republican) that wasn’t fooled – and again in 2014 an even greater reckoning.
But the damage has been done thanks to “the stupidity of the American voter” in 2008 and 2012.