Do you remember Nancy Pelosi’s infamous quote telling the American people that we have to pass the Affordable Care Act in order to find out what’s in it? There was more truth behind that statement than you realize.
According to one of the architects of Obamacare, the American people were intentionally kept in the dark about what the healthcare bill contained in order to get it passed. Jonathan Gruber, an economist at MIT, who helped draft the Affordable Care Act spoke at panel discussion last year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard David Institute of Health Economics. Also speaking on the panel was Mark Pauly, a health economist from the University of Pennsylvania. Although the discussion took place a year ago, Patrick Howley of The Daily Caller recently realized what Gruber had said about the lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American voters were necessary in order to get Obamacare passed.
“Mark [Pauly] made a couple of comments that I do want to take issue with, one about transparency in financing and the other is about moving from community rating to risk-rated subsidies. You can’t do it politically. You just literally cannot do it, okay, transparent financing…and also transparent spending. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that 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 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.”
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Avik Roy with Forbes does a good job in describing exactly what Gruber was saying:
“Gruber made an argument that many of Obamacare’s critics have long made, including me. It’s that the law’s complex system of insurance regulation is a way of concealing from voters what Obamacare really is: a huge redistribution of wealth from the young and healthy to the old and unhealthy. In the video, Gruber points out that if Democrats had been honest about these facts, and that the law’s individual mandate is in effect a major tax hike, Obamacare would never have passed Congress.”
“Gruber also points out that Obamacare’s individual mandate—the provision that requires most Americans to buy government-approved insurance, or pay a fine—was described in the law as a ‘penalty’ instead of as a ‘tax’ in order to hide the mandate’s effects. ‘I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the [individual] mandate as taxes,’ said Gruber. ‘If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so [the law is] written to do that.’”
The bottom line is that the Democrats behind Obamacare knew full well what was in the bill and they intentionally kept that from the American people. It also demonstrates something that we’ve seen many examples of in the last 6 years and that is many American voters are uninformed and stupid when they go to the polls. That was evident in 2008 and 2012. In this year’s election, many of those same uninformed voters just didn’t vote, allowing the votes of the more discerning to prevail.