|Architect (Confidence Man) Jonathan Gruber|
The episode featured the first of many revelatory quotes from Gruber:
This bill was written in a tortured way so that the CBO wouldn't score the individual mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So, it was written to do that. In terms of subsidies, if you wrote a law that said: "Healthy people are going to pay in, and sick people get money", it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. Basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really critical to getting the bill to pass.
What Gruber said very simply is: "We put one over on the stupid Americans."
And that's what a lot of Americans believe. They didn't understand it. Pelosi said: "We gotta pass it to see what's in it." And this is extraordinarily damaging both to the Obama program and to the President himself.
Then Buchanan declared:
This guy Gruber is an extract of pure liberalism, a liberal racketeer. One of these guys is brought in with a great moral compass, then he enriches himself.
Buchanan has summed up the Democratic elite program with wit and aplomb.
While politicians on the Left claim to care about the poor and and disenfranchises, they are really interested in enriching themselves. This tacit knowledge is fully public, evident, inescapable.
Gruber has not only brought down President Obama's fraudulence further, but has added strength to the new Supreme Court case challenging Obamacare subsidies for federal health exchanges.