So, you’ve got this guy, Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, and he’s in trouble for getting caught on video admitting that he and the Democrats lied about what was in the law and that they lied about the law because of the “stupidity of the American Voter.”
I get all that. It comes as no surprise, really, that Democrats think of Americans as stupid; consider their voters, for example. But what doesn’t ring true is Gruber’s explanation for why they lied about Obamacare.
“It would have made more sense to do Obamacare the way we did in Massachusetts, which would be to just give people money to offset the cost of their health insurance,” Gruber said. “That was politically infeasible and so instead it was done through the tax code.”
But wait. There was a filibuster-proof 60 Democrats in the Senate, and a massive Democrat majority in the House when Obamacare was written. Why would it have been “politically impossible” to just do a straight-off health-insurance subsidy aligned with the Democrat philosophy of “We will take money away from people you don’t like and buy you stuff with it?”
Republicans would have resisted, of course, but their resistance was meaningless; they had absolutely no power. Obamacare was a Democrat deal… end-to-end… His assertion that they had to be tricksy and deceptive to get the bill passed makes no logical sense.
Unless Democrats just lie out of simple habit about everything, I don’t buy it that it was necessary to lie to get Obamacare passed.
Update (from Jeff): More lies from Nancy Pelosi. In an interview in 2009, she touted Gruber’s work and authority – as did many Democrats. Nowadays, Pelosi tweets “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.”