Jonathan Gruber Obamacare

Most people by now have seen one of Obamacare’s key architects, Jonathan Gruber, admitting on video that the bill was written with as little transparency as possible so that the “stupidity of the American voter” would produce the political cover necessary to pass it (late at night on Sunday, March 21, 2010).

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — it made explicit the healthy pay in and the and sick people get money — it would not have passed. 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.”

Watch the sick smile on his face as Mr. Gruber discusses the way the Obama administration and its Democratic allies in Congress were able to force a bill upon the American people (with the help of the media) that would have never passed had they actually been honest about its contents. Look at the zeal with which he talks of the deception employed and the Democrats’ contempt for their own voters.

Now, take a step back and think about Mr. Obama’s desire for these very same people — unscrupulous liars — to have more control over the Internet.

CNet reported November 10:

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.” …

Proponents argue that Title II regulation would ensure the free and fair flow of traffic across the Internet. Opponents, however, believe the reorientation would mean onerous rules that would limit investment in the infrastructure and in new services, and that toll roads of sorts would provide better service to companies that can support their higher traffic volumes.

Plenty of talking heads on television are already doing their part to sell Net Neutrality to the American people just like they did with Obamacare. It remains to be seen whether or not Millennials have learned their lesson, or whether they will continue to trust the same sort of people who mock them behind closed doors.

Do you remember the old “If you like your healthcare you can keep it” promise? Perhaps this time around Mr. Obama will come out with, “If you like your Internet, you can keep it.”

Most Americans are not stupid. Mr. Gruber’s comments make clear that an overwhelming majority of Americans would not have been in favor of Obamacare if the administration was honest with them. Town hall meetings were packed with conservatives and libertarians who knew exactly what was happening.

It is actually quite amazing that America has been able to survive a modern education system that seeks to create Statist drones, an entertainment industry that encourages the population to place more attention on Kim Kardashian’s butt instead of the erosion of civil liberties, and media personalities who seek to win favor with politicians instead of holding them accountable for their misdeeds.

Net Neutrality Peoples CubeDear Millennials: There are many Jonathan Grubers in Hollywood, on cable news, in Congress, on college campuses, and in the White House. They all think that you are stupid. Will you prove them right, or will you adopt a worldview that seeks to limit their power? The choice is yours.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

2 comments

  1. Great post.

    A couple of things that are somewhat hopeful, it wasn’t just conservatives and libertarians tossed aside at those Obamamcare townhalls, but also some liberals and Dems. We had a couple scandals in my state where Dems were actually tossed out of their own meetings for questioning Obamacare. The liberal support on the ground for Obamacare is not quite the same as the alleged support we see on TV.

    I loved this paragraph, “It is actually quite amazing that America has been able to survive…..” It really is remarkable. I do despair sometimes, but Americans really do eventually get it right, even when the deck is stacked against them.

    1. I think you’re definitely right. There is no way that Republicans would have had so much success during the midterm elections if plenty of Democrats were not equally as upset with the Obama administration. However, I should clarify that I don’t particularly consider Democrats “liberal” or Republicans “conservative.” Conservatives tend to vote for Republicans, but Republicans are definitely not always conservative. 😉

      Likewise, I think there are a lot of Democrats who think their party still resembles something akin to the kind of liberalism espoused by, say, JFK. The JFK Democrat is a rare species, indeed.

      I loved this paragraph, “It is actually quite amazing that America has been able to survive…..” It really is remarkable. I do despair sometimes, but Americans really do eventually get it right, even when the deck is stacked against them.

      Thanks. I really do marvel at how long the U.S. has held on given that the education system, the entertainment industry, and the media are all essentially bastions of liberalism. Americans have been pounded with the same Statist messages for decades, and yet they still, on many levels, resist. That is why the left attacks our Founding Fathers so vigorously. That is why they seek to convince people the U.S. Constitution is a “living document,” etc. America’s founding is anathema to modern liberalism. If they can discredit our founding, then they can more easily change the country into something fundamentally different.

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