Yet another video has surfaced of Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for consulting on Obamacare and has stated that he counted on the “stupidity” of Americans for the law to be adopted, but this one shows he puts Barack Obama in a different league.
In this, Gruber, who teaches in the school’s economics department, said, “Now Barack Obama’s not a stupid man.”
His comment was in the context of Obama knowing that “the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured.”
That’s why, he said, although the Obamacare legislation was 90 percent about health insurance coverage and 10 percent about cost control – all the American public heard was about that cost control.
There has been a firestorm stirred up around Gruber’s comments as several videos have surfaced of his opinion of the American public: “Stupid,” “Stupid,” and they don’t really comprehend. He was talking about the strategies used by the Obama administration to push Obamacare into law.
He has praised the deceptive maneuvering by the Obama administration and said it was well worth it because he wanted the law.
It brought a reaction from Fox News’ commentator Charles Krauthammer that his comments prove that those who opposed Obamacare were correct all along.
See his comments:
“This is exactly what conservatives have been saying … What we’re hearing now is the true voice of liberal arrogance. They believe this. They believe that the voters are stupid as he said. And they believe they know the right way, they have to lead the masses to the promised land and they can only do it by deception. And that’s what he said openly.”
Krauthammer said the attitude was, “‘We wanted to get the bill and we didn’t care how we did it, so we lied about everything.'”
“As Gruber said, had they known that, it never would have passed. They lied about every aspect of this,” Krauthammer said. “But they got away with it.”
In the first video that appeared, Gruber said, “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scores the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. …”
He continued to discuss the lack of transparency, which was a “huge political advantage.”
“Basically you know call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever that was really really critical to get the thing to pass.”
In a second video that surfaced he was discussing how the costs were going to be imposed on Americans, and said, “The American voters are too stupid to understand.”
Then in another, he discussed the “lack of economic understanding” of Americans:
At one point Gruber explained his comments by saying they were off-the-cuff and he shouldn’t have made them.
But Fox News commentator Greta VanSusteren noted the repeated statements, saying, “That’s not off the cuff. That’s a deep-seated view.”
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., revealed that Gruber had been paid $400,000 for his work for the administration, and suggested a solution.
“He ought to give the money back.”