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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Grubergate Should Spark Hearings

When Obamacare was railroaded through Congress without a single Republican vote in 2010, Democrats enjoyed an overwhelming majority. Four years later, Obamacare is on life support, and Republicans have their largest majority in the House in more than 60 years.

The recently publicized admissions by MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber concede that a cloak-and-dagger policy was essential to getting Obamacare passed in 2010. Gruber even went so far as to call the American people stupid. This is the man Senator Harry Reid once described “as one of the most respected economists in the world.” Gruber admitted that “lack of transparency was 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 ….” Because he’d “rather have this law than not,” Gruber admitted that Obamacare "was written in a tortured way to make sure the [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes.”

Another revelation by Professor Gruber that is a good subject for Congressional hearings is his admission that the Obamacare subsidies were an incentive for states to set up health insurance exchanges. He said then, “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 [which are really subsidies].”

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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