MIT economist and consultant to the Obamacare law, Jonathan Gruber was hammered on Tuesday by the House Oversight committee for his remarks of “Stupidity of American Voters”.
The remarks made over a few years span were released just days after Election Day, which sparked a firestorm that gave the Republicans the advantage to beat up not only on Gruber, but to examine the failures and lack of transparency of Obamacare.
Also appearing on Capitol Hill was Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chair of House Oversight accused of inflating enrollment numbers. Issa tied both Gruber and Tavenner together calling them “a perfect pairing, a pairing of individuals who are responsible for what we know and don’t know, before during and after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.” However most of the hearing saw only members scolding Gruber with just a few questions being asked to Tavenner, mainly from Rep. Issa.
Gruber who helped develop the economic model for the Massachusetts health care plan under Governor Mitt Romney was sought to architect Obamacare at a national level. In the video, Gruber stated the bill was written to “make sure the CBO didn’t score mandate as taxes” and “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” He also said “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.” These statements led to the House Oversight to investigation of the truth and impact of Obamacare
Tuesday’s hearing led by Rep. Issa featured a bipartisan beating to Gruber as he tried to minimize his role and continued to apologize for his remarks that he described as “glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting comments.”
Gruber repeatedly tried to explain his past comments, as “The comments I made were really inexcusable.” Continuing on, Gruber said “I behaved badly, and I will have to live with that, but my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act. The A.C.A. is a milestone accomplishment for our nation that already has provided millions of Americans with health insurance.”
Republicans sought to confront Gruber to disclose the total amount of works related to grants and contracts from the federal government. Refusing to disclose the other amount, Gruber confirmed he received $400,000 under contract with HHS. As numerous Republican members try to inquire the exact amount, Gruber declined and avoided the question by stating “You can take it up with my counsel.” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wasn’t accepting this answer, scolding Gruber, “So you’re not going to answer the question? You come to the committee, we ask a question, and you’re supposed to answer the question,” We wanna know how much you got from the taxpayers. Then you made fun of them after you got it from them.”
As Republican Representatives tore into Gruber on his remarks, Senior Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) tried to savage Gruber as best as he could, but joined in on the scolding for his comments that gave the Republicans the ammunition to belittle the administration as “absolutely stupid” and “incredibly disrespectful.” Worse, he continues, the statements gave Republicans “a political gift in their relentless campaign to tear down the ACA and eliminate health care for millions of Americans…great job, you wrapped it up with a bow.”
Gruber tried to accredit his comments and role in creating the ACA. “I’m a professor of economics at MIT. I’m not a politician nor a political advisor,” Gruber said, stressing that his role with the administration was purely technical. I was not the ‘architect’ of President Obama’s health care plan.” This led to Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) having enough of Gruber speaking about politics and became Gruber’s worst nightmare. “So you’re a professor at MIT and you’re worried about not looking smart enough?” Gowdy asked. Gruber replied, “yes” to which Gowdy fired back “Well, you succeeded if that was your goal,” Gowdy said.
The most moving moment of the hearing came from Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo). Her personal story about her late husband was a statement rather than of questioning neither Gruber nor Tavenner. “My husband had a massive heart attack in his sleep at age 65. A perfectly, by all accounts, healthy man. Come to find out, in a conversation with his physician after he died, he chose not to have one of the tests, the last tests, his doctor told him to have. This happened to coincide with the time that we were told that we were not covered by Obamacare. I’m not telling you that my husband died because of Obamacare. He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep.” She ended her statement “I want to suggest that regardless of what happened to me personally, that there have been so many glitches in the passage and implementation of Obamacare that have real-life consequences on peoples’ lives, ” she said, almost choking up. “The so-called glibness that has been referenced today has direct consequences for real American people. So get over your damn glibness.”
Obamacare or the “Affordable Care Act” as it is known has been extremely controversial, but many have no idea how it was constructed. Many supporters have only listened to the President and Democratic politicians talk about the bill from a personal perspective. They have made it out that any critic of Obamacare is just heartless and pure evil, or what they call Republicans. The liberal media have been on President Obama’s side throughout his presidency going all in with their support of Obamacare. Obama and his Democratic congress were not looking out for America when they shoved this bill down our throats. The bill was passed when President Obama and Democrats controlled the White House, the US House of Representatives, and the US Senate without a single Republican vote. That’s right, the bill was rammed through with zero Republican votes.
We now know that President Obama and his team lied to us on whether we can keep our doctors and health care plans. More than five million Americans have lost their insurance to date and turning America into a part-time nation. It has reshaped the 40-hour work week. It will cost taxpayers $1.8 Trillion over the next ten years and has already been a jobs killer. Here are the top five Obamacare catastrophes the media will not cover.
Watch the below video to learn everything you need to know and more on Obamacare:
One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it. – Ronald Reagan
Though I am still reeling from Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in the Virginia Governor’s race, I know that his strong performance was due in no small part to the fabulously dismal Obamacare roll out. The whole country is finally seeing what we conservatives have said since the law was passed in 2009, that the law is destructive and that the government cannot mess with 1/6 of the American economy without dire consequences. I met Ken Cuccinelli and watched him speak several times. I can tell you that his ideas were great but he was not the most charismatic speaker. His performance in the election that defied all the polls was itself an indictment on liberalism.
Now, like many conservatives, the satisfaction I get from being proven correct to all the liberals I have bashed over this subject for over three years now cannot be expressed with mere words. The terms Schadenfreude or fahrvergnügen nor any other emotion the Germans came up with could possibly measure the joy I feel at watching President Obama squirm at the podium when he tries to wiggle away from his past lies or as we see his legacy legislation circle the drain. The fact that this subject has finally become something that the press will jump on to show the incompetence of Barack Obama, well that part is just fun. His approval ratings dropping simultaneously with the late fall temperatures also shows how Americans feel about his lies and the law itself.
To hear that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans for democrats to “run on Obamacare” in 2014 is just another part of the circus that has been the Obamacare roll out that makes me happy. I know that the DNC Chair has to play the cheerleader, but I wonder if she is actually delusional enough to believe that statement or if it’s just something she’s saying to be supportive of this terrible law because she knows it will be repealed or severely modified before the fall 2014 elections? Based on prior statements she’s made, I’m inclined to believe that former before the latter. I truly believe that she does not see the performance of the Obamacare law and this administration’s totally disastrous handling of the roll out as something to cause the American public to turn on the Democratic Party. I think that it’s worse than that for democrats. Americans will use their “kitchen table economics” to see how this joke of a policy affects both their pocketbooks and wallets. It will cause many to use the distrust they now have of Obama to distrust big government policies and liberalism itself.
Can you imagine if this law is actually allowed to continue in its current state or, as I suspect will be the case, there are several aspects of the law that most affect Americans modified? What will be the reaction of the American voting public when the democrats come out and say “we’ve got some great ideas about your healthcare coverage”? Will Americans fall for that line again? I have my doubts. One way or another, Obamacare will turn into the type of policy that will turn a whole bloc of voters away from the Democratic Party. I see it as a once in a generation chance for Republicans to turn American politics back on a conservative path. Look at recent polling that shows more Americans, age 25-40, think that Obama purposely lied about the effects of Obamacare. Look at the exit polls from the Virginia Governor’s race, in almost every precinct Ken Cuccinelli won this same bloc of voters. Republicans have a great opportunity to show these voters how big government solutions do not work to solve our problems. To restate what I said before, if the Republican Party can use Obamacare as “an indictment on liberalism” we can win national and local elections for the next 20 years.
The latest bit of fun has included the simple terminology used by the President when he speaks of Obamacare. During the debates with Governor Mitt Romney, President Obama stated “I have come to embrace the term Obamacare” and during the 2012 campaign he said “I actually like the name”. Now in all of his statements and those by the administration, you never hear it called anything but the ACA (Affordable Care Act). To watch the President and his administration try to distance themselves, as Hillary and Bill Clinton and their entire group of supporters like James Carville have done, from the term Obamacare is nothing less than delicious. It’s so filling, I am not sure I can even take another bite. Admittedly, I have become a glutton, feasting myself on Obama and democrats’ shame.
Let this be a lesson to the democrats. When you take a government solution to a free market problem, this is what you get. I hear over and over from democrats that Republicans have no plan for healthcare. When will they understand that our solution is the free market itself? When will they understand that what they have addressed in Obamacare is nothing to do with the cost of healthcare? When you call crappy health coverage for a low price the solution to the cost of healthcare, it shows your lack of understanding of economics itself. Some simple steps like addressing the cost of doctors’ malpractice insurance and tort reform or allowing insurance companies to operate across state lines, just these things alone will help the free market bring down the cost of healthcare for everyone. It’s too bad for the democrats they chose not to listen when Republicans brought these ideas up three years ago. Between that, their lies about keeping your plan, and their refusal to do anything to change the law during the partial government shutdown, they get complete ownership of this mess. It couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks.
The Obama Administration has been taking it pretty hard on the chin for the disastrous roll out of Obamacare. The website was built and cost nearly $1 Billion taxpayer dollars and it still doesn’t work. They have been answering questions in a variety of different committee meetings with even the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius forced to testify on the website’s launch failure. They know that in order to make this health scheme actually “work”, they need to enroll millions of healthy young people in order to defray the cost of older less healthy people.
Now with all of these major problems and a failing website to worry about, the Thanks Obamacare campaign has released multiple ads targeting young people by marketing sex, birth control pills, and drinking. These ads are part of a “Got Insurance?” campaign, which seem to be offending quite a few Americans, even millenials who are those being targeted. What do you think?
These ads are obviously aimed at making Obamacare seem cool and hip by marketing to the young, healthy millennials they need to enroll in order for it to work, but are they appropriate at all?
The ad refers people to doyougotinsurance.com, which redirects to gotinsurancecolorado.org, “a project of the Thanks Obamacare campaign, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education to educate everyone about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”
What do you think of these ads? Too far and ridiculous or perfectly okay because this is how young people act?
Written by Right Punditry
The U.S. government has just passed a new law called: “The Affordable Boat Act” declaring that every citizen MUST purchase a new boat, by April 2014.
These “affordable” boats will cost an average of $54,000-$155,000 each. This does not include taxes, trailers, towing fees, licensing and registration fees, fuel, docking and storage fees, maintenance or repair costs.
This law has been passed, because until now, typically only wealthy and financially responsible people have been able to purchase boats. This new law ensures that every American can now have an “affordable” boat of their own, because everyone is entitled to a new boat. If you purchase your boat before the end of the year, you will receive 4 “free” life jackets; not including monthly usage fees.
In order to make sure everyone purchases an affordable boat, the costs of owning a boat will increase on average of 250-400% per year. This way, wealthy people will pay more for something that other people don’t want or can’t afford to maintain. But to be fair, people who can’t afford to maintain their boat will be regularly fined, and children (under the age of 26) can use their parents boats to party on until they turn 27; then must purchase their own boat.
If you already have a boat, you can keep yours (just kidding; no you can’t). If you don’t want or don’t need a boat, you are required to buy one anyhow. If you refuse to buy one or can’t afford one, you will be regularly fined $800 until you purchase one, or face imprisonment.
Failure to use the boat will also result in fines. People living in the desert or urban areas with no access to lakes are not exempt. Age, motion sickness, experience, knowledge, nor lack of desire are acceptable excuses for not using your boat.
A government review board (that doesn’t know the difference between the port, starboard or stern sides of a boat) will decide everything, including; when, where, how often and for what purposes you can use your boat along with how many people can ride your boat, and determine if one is too old or healthy enough to be able to use their boat. They will also decide if your boat has outlived its usefulness, or if you must purchase specific accessories (like a $500 compass), or a newer and more expensive boat.
Those who can afford yachts will be required to do so…it’s only fair.
The government will also decide the name for each boat.
Failure to comply with these rules will result in fines and possible imprisonment.
Government officials are exempt from this new law. If they want a boat, they and their families can obtain boats free, at the expense of taxpayers. Unions, bankers and mega companies with large political affiliations are also exempt.
(H\T: Right Punditry)