In November 2014, after video surfaced of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, stating that the unaffordable Affordable Care Act passed because of the stupidity of the American voter, Rep. Nancy Pelosi denied even knowing who Gruber was. She wasn’t the only one desperately seeking to distance themselves from Gruber. Barack Obama himself also claimed that Gruber was just an adviser who was never part of the staff, as if Gruber had a low level involvement in the crafting of Obamacare. Obama added that he did not believe that they intentionally misled the American people. It turns out, not surprisingly, that Obama and Pelosi were both lying.
Recent emails obtained by the Wall Street Journal reveal that not only did Gruber have a bigger role in the crafting of Obamacare, but also in communication with the Obama White House. Gruber, who was paid $400,000 for his described non-role in the process by Obama, actually communicated quite frequently with both the White House and Congress as Obamacare, Obama’s signature legislation for his first term, was being developed.
The emails between Gruber and the White House obtained by the Journal show a constant stream of communication for over one year from January 2009 through March 2010. Gruber was offering the Obama administration advice on the law.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, said that the 20,000 pages of emails prove that Gruber was not a limited participant in the crafting of Obamacare process as he was described by Obama. He stated, “His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted. There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said.”
The timing and discovery of these emails, and what they reveal, are significant since the Supreme Court will soon be ruling on King v Burwell. This case will determine whether taxpayer subsidies, which offset the high cost of Obamacare for many, can go to those enrolled in Obamacare via federal exchanges or if it can only go to those enrolled via state exchanges. A ruling against these subsidies could dismantle the entire law.
In January 2012, Gruber is noted as saying, “If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits … I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges, and that they’ll do it.”
Sounds like the Obamacare architect knew exactly what would happen in the event that states didn’t set up exchanges and no doubt he informed Congress and the White House of that fact as the architect and adviser.
Yet, it was pushed through anyway.
Just another lie on which this freedom-attacking monstrosity was based.
h/t The Blaze