Update: It’s sadomasochism without the sex. We paid to get beaten. WaPo fact check: Yes, Gruber got $400,000 for ObamaCare work. This was done even as Gruber posed as an independent analyst of ObamaCare.
What did Gruber do for the money besides lie to the “stupid” public? Gruber created the “Gruber Microsimulation Model” which mimics the model used by the Congressional Budget Office to make evaluations of programs. The “Gruber Microsimulation Model” was a flim-flam scam to get the CBO numbers to come out as phony as needed to pass ObamaCare. The “Gruber Microsimulation Model” was a variant of “garbage in, garbage out”. Gruber provided the garbage lies to CBO and CBO provided garbage lies to the public. What once was your/our government at work is now our masters who lie to us.
Don’t think that Jonathan Gruber only got $400,000 for the ObamaCare scam. Gruber was grubby and grabby. Gruber got hundreds of thousands of dollars in state after state, possibly adding up to millions, as the Washington Times reports, for scams in various states too.
Some of those states should sue Gruber to get their money back. Force Gruber to testify under oath in a trial setting. Time to play sadomasochism with us holding the whip.
Courts have inherent power to sanction those who lie in any proceeding before the court. Jonathan Gruber has several times submitted amicus briefs in ObamaCare cases.
We wrote about the latest developments on the ObamaCare chessboard recently. We wrote about “ObamaCare architect” Jonathan Gruber back in April of this year in How Big??? ObamaCare Jonathan Gruber #HalBIG. In April the news about Jonathan Gruber was the discovery of a videotape in which Gruber explicitly undermined the contentions of his fellow ObamaCare scam artists. On the vital question of subsidies, Gruber is seen/heard on the video to uphold the central contention of ObamaCare opponents.
Soon after, another videotape of Gruber – in prepared remarks saying the very same thing again – appeared. We predicted the courts would take judicial notice of Gruber’s ObamaCare scam flim-flam remarks. Soon after, that is exactly what happened:
Gruber’s repeated remarks contradict the Obama administration’s legal argument, made in Halbig v. Burwell and three related lawsuits, that it is implausible that Congress would have conditioned those subsidies on states establishing Exchanges. His remarks likewise contradict the amicus briefs Gruber himself filed in two of those cases. [snip]
Gruber’s remarks, combined with other evidence the Obama administration knew it did not have legal authority to dispense these subsidies or impose the related taxes, call for further investigation into how the administration came to take these actions anyway.
Yesterday, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to apprise a federal judge of Gruber’s remarks. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was the first to challenge the Obama administration’s illegal taxes and subsidies way back in September 2012 (Pruitt v. Burwell). Solicitor general Patrick Wyrick noted Gruber’s remarks are highly relevant, because the government itself has repeatedly relied on Gruber as an expert in these cases:
“Defendants themselves relied on evidence from Professor Gruber in an attempt to show the supposed “implausibility” of Congress having made something as important as the subsidies hinge on the States’ willingness to establish exchanges. Plainly, this newly-discovered evidence squarely controverts Defendants’ evidence on this point, and establishes that it is far from “implausible” that the drafters or Section 36B intended to withhold tax credits and subsidies from states who declined to set up exchanges in order to place pressure on those states to set up exchanges. To the contrary, it is not only plausible, it now appears to be demonstrably true.
As we wrote above, the courts have inherent power to investigate and sanction those that fed the courts false information under oath. But let’s be realistic. The courts generally avoid these types of sanctions and the courts here will likely do nothing to punish the ObamaCare liars.
Should the courts investigate and punish those ObamaCare supporters who lied to the courts? Sure. But that should not be the focus at this point. To borrow from Hillary Clinton, “what difference at this point does it make?”
The “point” right now for ObamaCare opponents is to continue to win the ObamaCare political fight for public opinion and ultimately to destroy ObamaCare root and branch. To that end, what should be done?
Let’s inventory the rather small problems for ObamaCare opponents. Problem #1: Big Media ignores Jonathan Gruber’s remarks. Problem #2: ObamaCare supporters other than Big Media mostly ignore Jonathan Gruber’s remarks. Problem #3: We are sure the Supreme Court will decide against the government but even if does the political landscape to make such a decision easier for the court to reach and the political battlefield after the Supreme Court issues such a decision must be prepared as well.
Those three small problems are intertwined. All three of those small problems can easily be overcome.
Consider the Big Media problem. There is a near total Big Media blockade of Jonathan Gruber’s remarks. Something has to be done to force Big Media to broadcast and publish Gruber’s grubby remarks.
Ditto the ObamaCare supporters near total blockade of Jonathan Gruber’s grubby remarks. Again, something has to be done to force ObamaCare supporters’ faces into the dung pile which are Gruber’s videotaped remarks.
Combine those two situations with the Supreme Court landscape “problem” and we see one obvious solution. Congress should hold hearings early next year, (not earlier, not during Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season when no one will pay attention, but before the Supreme Court arguments in March are heard on ObamaCare) – which feature Jonathan Gruber. If necessary the rules of the hearings must be changed to allow the videotapes of Gruber to be played over and over and over again.
Senate hearings across various committees will force Big Media to cover and broadcast Jonathan Gruber’s remarks. Senate hearings across various committees will force ObamaCare supporters to confront the reality of Jonathan Gruber’s “stupid” remarks.
Most importantly Senate (and House) hearings before March of next year will prepare the political landscape for a Supreme Court rejection of ObamaCare subsidies contrary to the letter of the law.
Senate (and House) hearings will also prepare the post Supreme Court ObamaCare decision battlefield landscape. Be assured that after the Supreme Court restores the law as written, ObamaCare scam flim-flam artists will then try to force the states to impose exchanges on their citizens. Senate (and House) hearings will prepare the battlefield and put steel into the spine of the many states which have thus far refused to join in the ObamaCare scam.
The opportunities for ObamaCare opponents as we go forward are very good.
The disasters for ObamaCare flim-flam scam artists get worse day-to-day. Today Nancy Pelousy somehow even forgot who this “ObamaCare architect” Jonathan Gruber is. Pelousy used to quote Gruber on her website. Nancy Pelousy used to know who Gruber is:
Maybe Nancy Pelousy should call Howard Dean. You remember Howard Dean? Howard Dean, the man who did not notice the misogyny and woman hate of 2008 (directed against Hillary Clinton by his best friends, Barack Obama, and the leadership of the Democratic Party) because, as Howard explained – he did not have cable TV. Howard thinks we’re stupid. Now liar Howard is using the word “stupid” to describe Obama’s lies and liars:
Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean gave an excoriating critique of his own party’s key piece of legislation saying the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was “put together by a bunch of elitists” who “don’t fundamentally understand the American people.”
Dean said was shocked that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said “the stupidity of the American voter” was a “political advantage” in passing Obamacare in an interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Wednesday.
“The problem is not that he said it–the problem is that he thinks it,” Dean said. “The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists who don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.”
Brzezinski cringed after repeating Gruber’s quote.
“Jesus!” Dean exclaimed after hearing that one of Obama’s key health care advisers would call the lack of transparency “critical” in passing the massively unpopular law.
Howard Dean who one described himself as the “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” – and proved it with his reign of misogyny and woman-hate bemoans the lack of transparency to pass the corruption flim-flam scam called ObamaCare. The totalitarian left that forced Obama and ObamaCare on the nation is now worried. Transparent? Who ever said Barack Obama and his gangsters would be transparent?
Jonathan Gruber who has repeatedly lied to the courts in his sworn affidavits to uphold ObamaCare is a liar. Worse, Jonathan Gruber as the ObamaCare architect is a totalitarian of the left who thinks his job is to rule the “stupid” people. Jonathan Gruber thinks the people are revolting because the people are revolting against ObamaCare:
New video surfaces of Obamacare architect
A new video has surfaced of a key architect of Obamacare slamming voters once again.
“American voters are too stupid to understand the difference,” Jonathan Gruber said in a clip of remarks he made last year discussing the passage of Obamacare. The clip aired Tuesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”
It is the second video of Gruber, a professor at MIT and former Romney adviser, taking aim at the intelligence of the American electorate.
“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,” he said in a video that has recently emerged — and touched off an uproar. Those remarks as well, were from a separate event in 2013.
As Congress voted on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in 2010, one of the bill’s architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, told a college audience that those pushing the legislation pitched it as a bill that would control spiraling health care costs even though most of the bill was focused on something else and there was no guarantee the bill would actually bend the cost curve.
In recent days, the past comments of Gruber — who in this 2010 speech notes that he “helped write the federal bill” and “was a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop the technical details as well” — have been given renewed attention. In previously posted but recently noticed speeches, Gruber discusses how those pushing the bill took part in an “exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” taking advantage of voters’ “stupidity” to create a law that would ultimately be good for them.
In this fourth video, Gruber’s language is not as stark as in three previous instances, but his suggestion that Obamacare proponents engaged in less-than-honest salesmanship remains.
That’s on CNN. Just like ObamaCare, the Big Media blockade is crumbling.
Howard Kurtz, host of the Fox News Channel’s “Mediabuzz” slammed the media for failing to report the controversial comments of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, arguing that the “inexcusable,” “virtual blackout” was an example of liberal media bias on Wednesday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
“It’s been a virtual blackout, Bill, and it’s inexcusable, nothing on the network evening newscasts. One mention on CNN, not a word in the New York Times. On what planet is this kind of embarrassing admission not news? Maybe on that comet where the spaceship just landed” he stated.
The Washington Post has discussed Gruber’s “stupid” remarks but in a context that smears Republicans. The point of discussion for the Washington Post is the GOP reaction to Gruber, not the insult of Gruber’s remarks. Still, we’re glad to see some talk about hearings:
GOP’s anti-Obamacare push gains new momentum in wake of Gruber video
The Republican Party’s ardent campaign against President Obama’s health-care law gained new momentum Wednesday as lawmakers reacted angrily to assertions by an architect of the policy that it was crafted in a deliberately deceptive way in order to pass Congress.
On both sides of the Capitol, leading conservatives said they may call economist Jonathan Gruber to testify about his remarks, which were made last year and surfaced this week in a video on social media. In the video, Gruber suggests that the administration’s signature health-care legislation passed in part because of the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” over its funding mechanisms.
“The strategy was to hide the truth from the American people,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is slated to chair the Senate Budget Committee next year. “That is a threat to the American republic.”
There should be hearings early next year on the ObamaCare flim-flam scam across many committees. Hold fire until very early next year, once the holiday season is over and Americans are ready to listen. It’s a fine idea from GOP Rep. Jim Jordan: Maybe it’s time for House hearings on Jon Gruber’s ObamaCare remarks. It’s not yet time. Let the momentum build until next year:
Hearings floated as Hill Republicans seize on Gruber Obamacare comments [snip]
“We may want to have hearings on this,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an influential voice among GOP hardliners and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview at the Capitol. “We shouldn’t be surprised they were misleading us.” [snip]
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber said. “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.”
Jordan said House Republicans have been sending each other a blizzard of e-mails and text messages this week, and he expects the interest in “bringing [Gruber] up here to talk” will gain traction as members return to Washington. House Republicans will gather Thursday evening for their first series of votes since the election.
“I just had a colleague text me saying, ‘We’ve got to look into this!” Jordan said as he glanced at his phone outside the House floor Wednesday morning.
Investigate. Hold hearings with Gruber on the grill. But keep Darryl Issa away from this. Let the Senate take the lead on this then let the House follow. Issa is a loose cannon that does not know how to conduct an investigation nor a hearing. Wait until very early next year, before March, then hold hearings.
The American people must be informed of “ObamaCare architect” Jonathan Gruber’s comments. The media blockade and protection of ObamaCare must be broken. The time to do so is early next year.