Jonathan Gruber: We lied about Obamacare to stupid American voters

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WASHINGTON, November 12, 2014 – Much has been made of a statement by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare, concerning American voters.

The Obamacare law, says Gruber:

“…was written in a tortured way… 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 that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

The political right, understandably, is using Gruber’s statement as a bludgeon with which to pound President Obama and the unworkable, dictatorial and expensive health care monstrosity that hangs like an albatross around his neck.

But Gruber’s statement points to the weakness inherent in democracy: The ease with which smooth-talking demagogues sway overly emotional and gullible mobs.



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“The Democratic Party is the party of the mob,” wrote Ann Coulter in her book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America. “Democrats activate mobs, depend on mobs, coddle mobs, publicize and celebrate mobs… Indeed, the very idea of a ‘community organizer’ is to stir up a mob for some political purpose.”

Obamacare was predicated on a Mount Everest sized lie meant to discredit a hand-full of discerning Americans concerned with the totalitarian nature of the president’s monster.

“I have been as clear as I can be,” said Obama at a town hall meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. “Under the reform I’ve proposed, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. These folks [conservatives and Tea Party activists] need to stop scaring everybody.”


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According to the Los Angeles Times, a young woman sent a letter of complaint to Anthem Blue Cross California when she received a notice that her Obamacare premium would be 50% more than her canceled, affordable health care plan. “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,” she wrote Blue Cross.

That sounds like a gullible and disenchanted Obama voter – a member of the mob.

“Democracy,” said H.L. Mencken, “is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

It’s the price we pay for living in a post-constitutional America. The United States Constitution is a document of negatives. It says no to government exercising powers not granted in the document (enumerated powers). It says no to the mob and their elected representatives when it comes to limits on free speech, unreasonable search and seizure, and no to violations of conscience in the way we commune with our Creator.

Negative injunctions are the cornerstone of liberty. They save us from ourselves.


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In his Reflections on the French Revolution, Edmond Burke said:

Of this I am certain, that in a democracy the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority… Under a cruel prince they have the balmy compassion of mankind to assuage the smart of their wounds; they have the plaudits of the people to animate their generous constancy under their sufferings; but those who are subjected to wrong under multitudes are deprived of all external consolation. They seem deserted by mankind, overpowered by a conspiracy of their whole species.

America’s battered and maligned Constitution was designed to restrain the “stupidity of the American voter” while simultaneously preventing the rise of a Napoleon Bonaparte.

For now, the democratic mob has swung the political pendulum in the direction of the GOP. The president, however, has vowed to press ahead without popular support or the consent of the people’s elected congressional representatives.


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Obama has threatened executive action on the immigration status of millions of illegal aliens. “You send me a bill that I can sign,” he said, threatening congressional Republicans, “and those executive actions go away.”

In a letter to the outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, GOP senators Ted Cruz, Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, Pat Roberts, Jeff Sessions, and David Vitter wrote,

“Should you decline to defend the Senate and the Constitution from executive overreach, the undersigned Senators will use all procedural means necessary to return the Senate’s focus during the lame duck session to resolving the constitutional crisis created by President Obama’s lawless amnesty.”

Bring it on.

A “constitutional crisis” is just what the American people need to remind them that we are a nation of liberty and laws – not of stupid, gullible mobs.

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  • Ardiva

    What the hell is he talking about?

  • sam

    John Birch Society?

  • Mike Hawk

    But Americans are stupid. I mean, who the hell votes for someone like Ted Cruz or James Imhofe? Stupid people, that’s who.

    • NJ Mike

      Says an Uuuuuuhhhhhhhbama voter.
      Back to the basement, Mikey or else Mom may make you get a job.

    • ExposeTruth

      Apparently Americans voted for Obama. I reckon that couldn’t be argued, unless the election was ILLEGAL.

      Other than that DEMOCRACY is a cruel joke on the American people.

      “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule,
      where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.”
      — Thomas Jefferson

      “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
      Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” — Benjamin Franklin

      “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
      voting on what to have for dinner.” — James Bovard (1994)

      “Democracy is the road to socialism.” — Karl Marx (father of communism)

  • OhNoesNotAgain

    Yes liberals are stupid.. no doubt about that.. They voted for Obama TWICE.

  • Henry

    ??? My family qualified for “Obamacare”, affordable health care, and we kept our exisitng doctor, etc., and saved us financially during my cancer treatment. We paid out of pocket approx. $1,200. for a bill that came to over $150,000. If the republicans, or anyone else, can come up with something better I’d like to see it. Seems to me we should be able to help all Americans with health care if we are able to spend (waste) billions! on training the Iraqi army, who run at the first shot. Where are our priorities as a country? Let’s spend some of that money on our returning vets! Cancer free by the way.

    • andyoo

      yes. it work for someone like you of course, you get the benifit of course you are happy.
      The issue is if they didn’t lie to the rest of the people who didn’t get benifit is going to pay for your share, they would not have voted for it. That’s why they ‘lie’ to hide the facts.
      Tax on young people, tax on medical equments that pass on to other people.
      It’s a robinhood system. From your point of view of course it’s good.
      From others point of view, they pay extra for your benifit, they might not be as happy to ‘share’.
      If you want communist system, then you ‘share’ everything.

    • guythompto

      If you are for real, Henry, then you are indeed the exception. And by the way, I doubt that you are for real.

      • henry

        I don’t understand guythompto, yes I am for real. Is that too difficult to accept? We took the time, unlike a number of other friends of mine who simply complained but never really sorted out if they qualified or not. I thank my wife, who is infinately more patient than I, to figure out the paperwork. I’m not trying to cover for anyone or for any political bent, just telling you it’s been a blessing for our family. I know this has not worked out for everyone. And it’s not free, but compared to what I had been paying for insurance, there is no comparison.

        • moronpolice

          your fault for having a bad insurance plan to begin with..had you taken the same time and care picking your insurance first time around youd notice the paying more for the same coverage dont come on here proclaiming support when your in the less then 10% that its kinda sorta worked out for

    • lazy wolf

      How much does that job pay?

    • gdod25

      Glad your free of it. You must ask yourself how health care became unaffordable in the first place. The answer is insurance companies and now the solution is touted as insurance companies. Just like government to create a problem than claim it has a solution.

    • isotropic

      I kept my same old plan and the cost went up only 7% to cover a few minor changes the insurance company made to bring it into compliance with the ACA.. That’s a small price to pay so many of my friends and loved ones can now have health care coverage. I’d rather have seen a single-payer plan, but what we’ve got now is better than what we had.

      I don’t know what the Republicans are so sore about; the ACA is the same as a scheme proposed by their own right-wing Heritage Foundation. I guess it’s their usual “I’ve got mine; screw you” attitude. No wonder Harry Truman called them the Guardians of Privilege.

      One more thing: I’m for real, and I’m not being paid to write this.

      • moronpolice

        the fact you have to say that means your a troll thx for trying though im sure obungle appreciates it

  • andyoo

    yepp..the stupid voted for it…now they know

  • ExposeTruth

    “The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not
    behind the scenes.” —Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli of England, in 1844.

  • Gruber said “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.”

    I never realized that the American voter had a chance to vote to pass the law.

  • guythompto

    Mr. Roberts, this time around, don’t let the lying deceiving jerks who crammed this piece of garbage down our throats get away with keeping their “law”. Mr. Roberts, the authors KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY WORDED THE LAW AS THEY DID. You have the chance, Mr. Roberts, to call their bluff. When the law comes before you this time around, don’t let them get away with the flimsy argument that they really meant to include federal plans to have taxpayer funding. They explicitly stated that only states who agreed to have these programs would receive federal funding.

    Mr. Roberts, don’t be a weasel and let them off the hook because you are afraid the Lefties who wrote this law won’t like you.

  • guythompto

    Mr. Roberts, this time around, don’t let the lying deceiving jerks who crammed this piece of garbage down our throats get away with keeping their “law”. Mr. Roberts, the authors KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY WORDED THE LAW AS THEY DID. You have the chance, Mr. Roberts, to call their bluff. When the law comes before you this time around, don’t let them get away with the flimsy argument that they really meant to include federal plans to have taxpayer funding. They explicitly stated that only states who agreed to have these programs would receive federal funding.

    Mr. Roberts, don’t be a weasel and let them off the hook because you are afraid the Lefties who wrote this law won’t like you.

    • lazy wolf

      After all, Mr. Roberts, you’re also a ‘stupid’ American voter.

  • john_freeman0130

    The hoot of it all is he goes on MSNBC to “explain” himself. Now, is there a more gullible audience than that? I’ve stated often, they serve a strange brew in the Green Room at MSNBC. And, why does Microsoft still allow the MS to remain in MSNBC since they are no longer involved with the network?

  • Bestuv Burke

    It’s important to remember that Obamacare is designed to deny health care to older, mostly conservative people.

  • bittersweet

    There you go Democrats…you have Obamacare people admitting they lied to you. Will you believe Obama is a liar now, or are you still stupid?