WASHINGTON, November 13, 2014 – For Jon Gruber and Nancy Pelosi, YouTube is a troubling thing. No longer do we need to ask “don’t you remember seeing so and so say such and such?” Now we go to YouTube.
No wonder President Obama is fighting so hard for control over the internet.
ObamaCare Architect Jon Gruber will never be allowed to forget calling Americans stupid:
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” he said during a panel discussion at the Annual Health Economists’ Conference last year. “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 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 … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
That is not the end of Gruberisms for America:
Now lets do a little Pelosi YouTube shuffle:
In 2009, Pelosi’s said:
“An analysis of the House bill by noted MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber concludes that the bill would result in lower premiums than under current law for the millions of Americans using the newly-established Health Insurance Exchange – including those who are not receiving affordability credits to help them purchase coverage.”
In 2010, Pelosi famously said:
A comment her ‘people’ said was taken out of context, Ms. Pelosi explaining:
“So, that’s why I was saying we have to pass a bill so we can see so that we can show you what it is and what it isn’t,” Pelosi continued. “It is none of these things. It’s not going to be any of these things.” She recognized that her comment was “a good statement to take out of context.” But the minority leader added, “But the fact is, until you have a bill, you can’t really, we can’t really debunk what they’re saying….”
In 2012 Ms. Pelosi told Meet the Press that Obamacare would provide better care and lower rates for everyone. However in what can only be defined as a senior moment, she backpedaled on that in 2013:
Fast forward to 2014 and Jon Gurber’s now fabulous statements about how the stupidity of American’s allowed the Affordable Health Care act to be passed. Pelosi denies knowing who Gruber is or that he had anything to do with the bill’s architecture responding to the reporter saying “…with all due respect to your questions you have a person who wasn’t writing our bill commenting on what happened when we were writing the bill… (see 3.20 on video)”
Excuse me, Ms. Pelosi. Jon Gruber didn’t just help write Obamacare. He IS Obamacare.
Doubling back her office is saying “… she meant she did not know Gruber personally.”
Ok, so maybe there were a lot of people sitting around when Pelosi was “writing their bill”, the same bill she claimed “…we will have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it …”
Because even though she wrote it, she had never read it, so maybe we can give her a little slack.
Plus she is 74 years old. When asked is she was thinking post election of stepping down, the Senate Majority Leader got quite defensive.
However it might not have been her age prompting the question, but her apparent lack of cognitive ability as she has been unable to recall what she has previously said for years, making us very thankful for YouTube.
Maybe there is no reason to think clarity is important to the Leader in particular, or Democrats in general. Because as Gruber says “…Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.”