SLIMY Obamacare Guru Gruber Misleads ‘Stupid American Voters,’ Gets Paid $400K to Consult for State of Vermont
By Bruce Parker | From Watchdog.org
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Obamacare architect who admitted using misinformation to exploit “the stupidity of the American voter” is being paid $400,000 to advise Gov. Peter Shumlin on single-payer health care in Vermont.
Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor and policy guru of the Affordable Care Act, told an audience at the University of Pennsylvania last year that he intentionally misled voters about the new federal health care law.
In a video that began circulating on the Internet this week, Gruber is seen explaining how he intentionally used misinformation to trick the American public.
“If you had a law which … made it explicit that 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 to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber said.
While Gruber said he wished he could have been honest with the American people, the economist explained he would “rather have this law than not,” and he renounced the concept of transparent government.
“Politically, you just literally cannot do … transparent financing, transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it was written to do that.”
The Shumlin administration announced in July it would pay Gruber $400,000 to advise officials on how to finance Vermont’s new single-payer health care system, estimated at $2.2 billion.
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