Gruber is also seen mocking the voters for their "stupidity."
As the insurance enrollment period rolls around again, citizens are once more forced to slog through the hyper flawed Obamacare trying to figure out how to navigate the disaster President Obama has foisted on the people and the medical profession.
However, we now know it wasn't simply a lack of management skills---incompetence, or understanding of our medical system that has created so many disappointments for so many citizens---like "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" and a long list of other unkept promises.
It was a calculated deception.
Jonathan Gruber, economy professor at MIT and known to be the architect of the health care law, is captured on video at a panel discussion at the University of Pennsylvania on October 17, 2013 telling panelists it was necessary to deceive the voters, otherwise the bill would never have passed.
His definition of "we the people"---the voters, is offensive. The arrogance and audacity with which he defines us is outrageous.
The Daily Caller was the first news service to report on the comments of Jonathan Gruber.
Patrick Howley with the Caller secured a copy of the tape and publicized Gruber's comments on YouTube. It went viral, but as of yesterday, the video had been removed from a number of web sites.
The video was saved by The Daily Caller.
The panel discussion was apparently focused on the lack of transparency with which the Obama administration had pushed through the health care law.
Gruber is explaining why they could not be transparent with the public, saying that the lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed, because of the "stupidity of the American voters" and that "stupidity" would have "killed the law if more people knew what was in it."
This is a moment of triumph for secular progressivism.
The end justifies the means. This is one of the "first principles" of secular progressivism. It was also a tactic taught by Mohammad.
The notion of the end justifying the means stands in absolute contradiction to the teachings of Judeo-Christianity.
In the video, Gruber is seen saying, "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it was written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law that said that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get the money, it would not have passed...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 for the thing to pass...Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not."
Forbes headlined the story with this: "ACA Architect: 'The Stupidity of the American Voter' Led Us To Hide Obamacare's True Cost From The Public."
Forbes says the fact that Gruber was previously caught on video tape admitting that Obamacare "doesn't provide subsidies for federally-run insurance exchanges is now the topic of a new case before the Supreme Court."
"Today," Forbes says, "a new video surfaces in which Gruber said that 'the stupidity of the American voter' made it important for him and the Democrats to hide Obamacare's true costs from the public."
David Web, in his article on the matter notes that "the end" that caused Gruber and others to use deception to achieve was not even a good end.
It's a disaster.
Web says, "Some 214,000 doctors of the 893,000 doctors in the U.S. have already opted out of Obamacare."
It was Walter Scott, not Shakespeare, who is often credited, who said, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when at first we practice to deceive."
More importantly the prophet Hosea wrote, "For they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind..."
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.