On Friday, a video of the original Architect for Obamacare revealing that in order for the Act to pass, it was written to appeal to the “stupidity of the American voter,” was released on YouTube by the group American Commitment.
Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is under fire for comments he made on October 17, 2013, about the “tortured way” the Affordable Care Act was written, in order for it to be approved by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” said Gruber. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”
Gruber stated that in terms of “risk-rated subsidies,” if the law had been made to explicitly say that “healthy people pay in, and sick people get money,” then the law “would not have passed.”
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” said Gruber. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical in getting the thing to pass.“
Gruber said that although he wished they could “make it all transparent,” he would “rather have this law than not.”
Comments such as these are not a first from Jonathan Gruber. In a speech he gave on January 18, 2012, he discussed the Affordable Care Act’s plan to coerce states into submitting, by only making subsidies available in states that set up their own exchanges.
“I think what’s important to remember politically about this, is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,” Gruber said.
Gruber went on to say that under Obamacare, even if citizens were not receiving subsidies, they would still be paying the taxes that support the bill. “So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country,” said Gruber.
On Tuesday, Gruber appeared on MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily to address his comments from October 2013, regarding the process of creating Obamacare.
While Gruber stated that he “spoke inappropriately,” he did not say that any of his previous claims were mistaken or incorrect.
“The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” said Gruber. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”