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November 14, 2014

Revealed Deceptions Threatens House of Cards

Joe Charlebois

The American people aren’t stupid. The people knew they were being deceived when the super-majority Democratic Congress pushed through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in late 2009, and when it was signed into law in March of 2010. Validation of the American people’s fears will likely do little to replace or repeal Obamacare. Or will it?


Recent videos have surfaced from a C-SPAN broadcast in 2010 and from a Washington University forum in Oct 2013, among others, that brazenly reveal the policy manipulation that Obamacare architect Dr. Jonathan Gruber of MIT and others perpetrated on the citizens of America. On behalf of many in public policy he unabashedly revealed the arrogance of the elites, the deception by the statists, and outright manipulation of language used in the Affordable Care Act.


Since the bill’s passage, Dr. Gruber has openly stated on several occasions that the law was written in such a way as to be palatable to the general public. The goal was to emphasize cost reductions and hide the fact that Obamacare was – in fact – a way to redistribute wealth from the young and healthy to the poor and elderly.


The New York Times last November quoted several public policy people, including Dr. Gruber, who didn’t deny the fact that in order for the Affordable Care Act to work it would necessitate redistribution from men to women and the young to the old. Even though women by nature are more costly to insure, the Affordable Care Act removed sex-based ratings. The law also called for a cap on premiums for the elderly requiring the young to make up the difference in order to keep the program sound.


At the 24th Annual Health Economics Conference in October 2013, Dr. Gruber was one of a number of panel members. At this conference Dr. Gruber confesses that the Affordable Care Act was written is such a “tortuous” way as to deliberately hide the substance of the bill. He further stated that “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” In an-end-justifies-the-means moment, he was delighted to defend the fact that not being transparent led to the passage of the bill because he would rather have the Affordable Care Act than not have it. His continued condescending rhetoric claims that the American voters are too “stupid” to be able to understand the complexities of the law.


Dr. Gruber, who was hailed by the left prior to the bill’s passage, is now persona-non-grata among the leftists still standing in Washington. In 2009, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., CA), while dismissing the GOP’s legislative effort at passing healthcare reform legislation, spoke very favorably about Dr. Gruber’s analysis on the ability of the Affordable Care Act to reduce costs of healthcare.


Now that Dr. Gruber has been revealed as the country’s most notorious confidence man, the former Speaker can’t run fast enough in the other way. In fact, on Thursday when asked about Dr. Gruber’s revelations, Ms. Pelosi denied knowing anything about Dr. Gruber and his work as a highly paid consultant on the construction of the bill.


The American people aren’t stupid as Dr. Gruber states. They are well aware that this administration was been anything but transparent since it first took office. Bills were to be posted online for review prior to floor votes – they weren’t. The healthcare debate was to be broadcast on C-SPAN – it wasn’t. In the ultimate act of arrogance and evasiveness, the former Speaker made the comment “We need to pass the bill to see what is in it.”


Whether the impact of these revelations will have any impact on upcoming Supreme Court decisions, we can’t know. But the justices on the Supreme Court are human beings and they are aware that the Affordable Care Act passed on a purely partisan vote and was promoted under false pretenses.


The wind has picked up and is threatening the president’s house of cards.


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