Jonathan Gruber received at least $5.9 million in fees for his government work on Obamacare. Deceiving the stupid American people doesn’t come cheap.
He apparently got the idea for the Cadillac tax deception from Secretary of State John Kerry.
The entire administration was in on this deception.
In the following video, Jonathan Gruber says that John Kerry came up with the Cadillac tax deception. He quotes John Kerry as saying “we’re not going to tax your healthcare, we’re going to tax those evil insurance companies”. He then goes on to say, “it’s the same thing (as taxing people)…it’s a very clever exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter”.
In the next video, Gruber admits the public option is a way to slip single payer into Obamacare.
So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who’s at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants competition–how about we have competition where the option is single-payer. It’s kind of a clever way to call both sides bluff. Basically, since it was such a good idea that’s why both sides didn’t like it. Okay, the right didn’t like it because they were afraid that the left was right and the single-payer would work. The left didn’t like it because they were afraid that the single-payer didn’t have enough teeth to really work. And basically, the public option, to be honest, was never going to happen. The public option was really something that was in there. It was a good idea as a debating point but it just was too radical. Remember, the reason this reform passed, as barely as it did, is because it was not trying to rip up things and start over. It was trying to work incrementally off the existing system. The public option was viewed as too radical.
Barack Obama planned to get to single payer eventually, even if Obamacare had to be a stopgap measure.
Barack Obama was asked if he lied to get Obamacare passed. He said “no” and dismissed Gruber as “some adviser.”
Former White House adviser Steve Rattner said something quite different. “Gruber was certainly viewed as an important figure in putting Obamacare together”, Rattner said.