Obamacare architect openly condems the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ – State Column
Obamacare guru Johnathan Gruber apologized today for disparaging remarks he made about the American voter while participating in a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act last year.
“The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” said Gruber on MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately, and I regret having made those comments.”
Gruber served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration during the writing of the health care law and made headlines recently after a video surfaced of him at the 2013 Annual Health Economics Conference where he undercut Obamacare and the intelligence of the American voter in one fell swoop.
“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,” said Gruber during the Annual Health Economics Conference hosted by University of Pennsylvania.
Gruber also stressed the fact that architects of the legislation carefully worded it to make sure that the individual mandate was not seen as a tax by the Congressional Budget Office. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the provision was legal because it could be classified as a tax.
Gruber concluded that ultimately it was the inherent muddled legalese combined with the average American’s IQ that allowed the law to succeed.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” said Gruber. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”