Update: Prior videos can be seen here
This is the 6th video of a deceitful Gruber and in it he explains how they all lied to the American people about the Cadillac tax to hide the costs.
Gruber said the only way they – all of them – could get the Cadillac tax passed was to mislabel it as a tax on health insurance plans though everyone knew it was a tax on people.
The second way he and the White House cabal deceived the American public was to start it late – in 2018. By then it would be too late to stop it.
“It turns out politically it’s really hard to get rid of,” Gruber said. “And the only way we could get rid of it was first by mislabeling it, calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans.”
Gruber explains that by drafting the bill the way he did enabled them to pass something that would initially only impact some employer plans though it would eventually hit almost every employer plan. And by that time, those who object to the tax will be obligated to figure out how to come up with the money that repealing the tax will take from the treasury, or risk significantly adding to the national debt.
“What that means is the tax that starts out hitting only 8% of the insurance plans essentially amounts over the next 20 years essentially getting rid of the exclusion for employer sponsored plans,” Gruber said. “This was the only political way we were ever going to take on one of the worst public policies in America.” [He’s referring to the “tax break”]
Unions and employers who object in 2018, he noted, “at that point if they want to get rid of it they’re going to have to fill a trillion dollar hole in the deficit…It’s on the books now.”