June 25 2015 Gruber Should Not Apologize

If you're happy with your new health plan or, as promised by the President, you got to keep your unadulterated old plan, you can skip this article.  And if you got to keep your beleaguered doctor and you're delighted with Obamacare, step away from this commentary.

Apparently more than once, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a frequent visitor to the White House before the passage of Obamacare, said the following about this law:

"This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes.  If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies."

"If it's 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, you know, it calls the stupidity of the American people or whatever.  But ...that was really, really critical to get the thing passed."

Who us?  Stupid?  We can't believe this insult.  This name calling is what finally upsets us?  After the fact, the country is jumping all over this guy and demanding an apology for calling us stupid.  But he's not the one who should apologize for his opinions or outsmarting us.  He can't help his ivory tower beliefs that health care is a right, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that the already overextended federal government should have an overwhelming presence in dishing out medical care.  On the contrary, we should be fuming at the American institutions that kept us in the dark.

There are at least four institutions in America that failed us when it came to this legislation.  The first is the media.  The media did not investigate the discussions that led up to the passage of this bill.*  We depend on news to present us with the facts and happenings as they unfold.  Without the news we are indeed uninformed and at risk to be trampled by those who apparently know what is best for us.  Gruber made his statements several times in front of different audiences before Obamacare was passed in 2010.  Yet the first we hear of his designs on the American health care system is in the fall of 2014.  It is unfathomable that the free press did not demand a seat at the table or pursue the conferences surrounding this topic.

The American Medical Association (AMA) fell completely under the spell of Obama when he paid them a surprise visit in 2009.  Although all that was reported of that visit by the media was booing by the doctors, this was in reference to his statement that there would be no tort reform in the upcoming bill.  Based on this reporting, any sane doctor listening to the news would think that physicians were unhappy with this legislation and questioning it.  But no, the doctors were so impressed that the President would pay them a special visit that they rolled over and went along with this huge government takeover of health care insurance.  These doctors obviously weren't smart enough to think about how this policy would affect our established patients or practices of medicine.  Most likely, Obama vowed to the doctors that if you like your private practices, you can keep your private practices.

If you read my essay from 11/7/12, the day after the last presidential election, you already know my opinion of the Congress that passed this legislation.  To remind you, every single Democrat voted for Obamacare and every single Republican voted against it.  No one read the bill or even parts of it.  No one led a discussion about the staggering increase in cost to working Americans with this new tax and the requirement that they subsidize everyone else with their hard earned money.  At least the Republicans knew enough to know that they didn't like this bill, but they are not blameless.  They did not investigate and speak out against this "healthy people pay in" agenda.  Another lost opportunity to cure us of stupidity.

We'll never get an apology from President Obama, and yet he is the worst contributor to our stupidity.  Going against his campaign promise that his administration would be completely "transparent," this bill was written mainly behind closed doors by people like Gruber with full access to the White House.  There were no rolling C-SPAN cameras in sight.  Ironically, White House tours were canceled to the American public at this time.  Nevertheless, Gruber was able to sneak in at least 20 times for the price of deceiving America.

And the Supreme Court?  Apparently they got it right and agreed with Gruber that Obamacare represents a tax on Americans.  This is the dirty little fact that Gruber with plenty of help hid from us.  The Justices don't need to apologize.  Until now with its recent decision.....     

*Exception:  Special Report w/ Bret Baier