By now you've seen the video of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration went through "tortuous" measures to keep the facts about the legislation from the "stupid" American people, including covering up the redistribution of wealth from the healthy to the sick in the legislation and that Obamacare is in fact a tax.
Yesterday on MSNBC Gruber said he regrets the "inappropriate" comments (he didn't apologize for lying) and explained that they were made "off-the-cuff" at an academic conference.
“The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said during an interview with Ronan Farrow. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”
There's only one problem with that. A new, second video of Gruber calling Americans stupid during an explanation of Obamacare has surfaced. And by the way, Gruber was paid $400,000 in tax money to come up with Obamacare and to directly advise President Obama about the law.
"The American voter is too stupid to understand the difference," Gruber said in the new clip.
To make things worse, the Daily Caller is now reporting on a third video where Gruber is seen bragging about exploiting Americans who don't understand
redistribution of wealth economics.
“It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter,” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said during a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012.
He was discussing what is known as the Cadillac tax and how it came into being.
In an effort to add a cost-control measure to Obamacare, former Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who Gruber called a “hero,” successfully pushed through a 40 percent excise tax on insurance companies for plans that cost more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,000 for families.
This was an alternative to putting a cap on tax breaks employers provide employees for health insurance plans, which, according to Gruber, the public mistook for a tax increase rather than the removal of a tax break.
Gruber's comments about stupid Americans aren't "off the cuff," they're based on the liberal philosophy that humans, especially Americans, are too stupid to make their own decisions and therefore the government must do things for them. Further, if Americans are too stupid to understand Obamacare, then why did the Obama administration go to great lengths to hide exactly what Obamacare really is? If Obamacare is so hard to understand, then why the need to cover-up what's in the bill in order to ensure Americans don't understand it? Seems to me they were worried those "stupid" Americans would understand perfectly what Obamacare is and what its negative implications for the economy and the country would be moving forward. In the first video from earlier this week, Gruber admits that they had to hide a redistribution of wealth from healthy to sick and the fact that Obamacare is a tax from the American people before it passed because if they knew about those things, the bill would have died.
The American people aren't stupid, Gruber just wants them to be.