For anybody just catching up, Jonathan Gruber was one of the many individuals involved in developing both Mitt Romney’s health care plan that passed while Romney was governor of Massachusetts, and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which is almost an exact replica of the Massachusetts law.
And it seems he made some rather ill-advised comments in 2013 in a video that recently surfaced.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the Congressional Budget Office did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay? 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, you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Okay? 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 to get the thing to pass. Look, I wish we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
I think it’s important to note that this is a guy who has a history of saying, well… dumb things. And while Republicans are trying to claim he was the “architect of the law,” the truth is he’s just one of many people who participated in creating the Affordable Care Act. So I’m not sure how one man’s opinion suddenly “exposes the truth about Obamacare.”
The truth about the Affordable Care Act is:
- Over 7 million Americans got health insurance through the health care marketplace.
- The rate of uninsured Americans has dropped drastically from this time last year.
- Americans are overwhelmingly satisfied with the health care they’ve received due to the ACA.
- The cost of health care has been rising at historically low rates.
- Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell admitted the law has been a success in Kentucky.
- Millions of Americans got health insurance for the very first time.
- No American can be discriminated against due to pre-existing conditions.
So, while Republicans want to distract Americans and rile up conservatives with comments made by a man known for saying stupid things (who said these comments based on his own opinion rather than any kind of official facts), the truth about the success of the Affordable Care Act can’t be denied.
And if you really want to get into controversial comments, how about when Arkansas Republican state lawmaker Nate Bell admitted that the GOP was trying to sabotage the law? That’s an elected official admitting to trying to sabotage the law so it won’t work.
Or what about Georgia Republican Ralph Hudgens, who serves as the state’s Insurance Commissioner, who also admitted that Republicans were doing whatever they could to obstruct the health care law.
But yes, by all means, let’s focus on the unofficial and ill-advised comments of an MIT professor who just happened to be one of many who helped write this law. Because, you know, his comments apparently negate all the facts and truth about how successful the Affordable Care Act has been despite Republicans all across this country doing everything possible to sabotage or obstruct the law.
The truth is, if this is the best Republicans can come up with to attack the Affordable Care Act, that tells me how desperate they are to find anything to try to distract Americans from how successful this law has been.