Obamacare Architect’s Comments Spark Outrage and ACA Opposition
Posted on November 25, 2012 by admin
The Affordable Care Act is a healthcare law that features thousands of regulations. It’s dense, complex, and the vast majority of American voters have not read the legislation in its entirety. According to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, that was the goal.
“[If you] make it explicit that healthy people pay [the Cadillac tax] and sick people get money, [the Affordable Care Act] wouldn’t have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.”
The “Cadillac tax,” which is set to take effect in 2018, is an excise tax that will reduce health care usage/costs by promoting business owners to offer health plans that are more affordable, requiring employees to share in the cost of care. The way the ACA encourages employers to do this is by levying a 40 percent tax on the employers who choose to provide high-cost health benefits to their workers.
The result of this intentional deception is a disgruntled GOP, who is wasting no time in pointing fingers and saying “I told you so.”
Speaking to Fox News, Republican Senator John Barrasso (Wyo.) stated that Gruber’s comment “confirms people’s greatest fear about the government… We know [the Affordable Care Act] was written in a way that was really deliberately written to deceive the American people.” Sen. Barrasso also quotes Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who said that “first you have to pass it before you get to find out what’s in it.”
Since 2013, two videos of Gruber dismissing the American people as “stupid” have surfaced. Each of these clips is simply adding to the flame that is the opposition against Obamacare, and the 2016 presidential election looms. In truth, Gruber could cost the Democrats the election, the results of which would be tragic for the millions of previously uninsured individuals who are currently enjoying the benefits of Obamacare.
Even after insuring almost eight million enrollees and expanding Medicaid benefits to more Americans than ever before, it is Gruber’s own stupidity for making these statements that could destroy the law he fought so hard to create.