To: Ruland Gill,
Subject: Cat Out of the Bag
Date: Mon Nov 10 23:48:37 MST 2014
Words from the president's ObamaCare architect: No transparency, stupid voters, deceive congress...the list goes on!
If you had any doubts about the motives behind the people who constructed Obamacare you can put those doubts away, forever. In this video, MIT professor and ObamaCare architect, Johnathan Gruber specifically states that ObamaCare was constructed to fool the American electorate.
As background, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) normally critically examines the cost to the American Public of all bills that require Congressional funding – except if they raise taxes.
ObamaCare was written to hide the “mandate” as a “tax.”
The writers did this because if congressional debate on ObamaCare was on anything other than it being a tax, the CBO’s “scoring” result outlining the cost, would have killed it.
Avoiding transparency was a specific and intentional goal, not a mistake – a goal – because if the truth came out “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law. (Remember here that Obama said it was not a tax. And also note, the CBO now cannot “score” the provisions of ObamaCare because it would be impossible.)
This first video alone should be enough to destroy any ObamaCare support: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, 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 Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”