A fourth video of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has emerged. Gruber was one of the principal architects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.
This video came from March 2010, The Daily Caller reported, during a talk at Holy Cross University, where he affirmed that President Obama had the frame of mind that the American people did not care about the uninsured, but rather about “costs.”
“Barack Obama is not a stupid man, okay? He knew when he was running for president that quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured. In fact a lot of the uninsured don’t care about the uninsured. They think they’re young and healthy and don’t need insurance. What the American public cares about is costs.
“And that’s why even though the bill that they’re debating today is 90 percent health insurance coverage and 10 percent about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control.
“How it’s going to lower the cost of health care, that’s all they talk about. Why? Because that’s what people want to hear about, because a majority of Americans care about health care costs.”
Other videos surfaced earlier this week of Gruber’s revealing remarks, having acknowledged a “lack of transparency” in the legislative process, a second when he called Americans “stupid,” and a third saying Obamacare was created on the basis that the average voter “has a lack of economic understanding,”
The White House is also trying to distance themselves from Gruber, according to The Washington Post Wednesday. White House spokesperson Jessica Santillo said:
“The tax credits in the law that help millions of middle class Americans afford coverage were no secret, and in fact were central to the legislation. Not only do we disagree with [Gruber’s] comments, they’re simply not true.”
When asked by reporters Thursday if she was aware of him, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was not. “I don’t know he is,” Pelosi said. “He didn’t help write our bill.”
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But The Post notes that the former Speaker of the House was singing Gruber’s praises in 2009:
“We’re not finished getting all of our reports back from the [Congressional Budget Office], but we’ll have a side by side to compare. But our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of What the comparison is to the status quo verys what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange.
“And our bill takes down those costs, even some now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.”
H/T The Daily Caller