Friday, December 9, 2016

Gruber

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ObamaCare is looking increasingly doomed–as the Supreme Court gears up for a third decision on the controversial healthcare law in 2015.

The latest legal challenge to ObamaCare, a pending Supreme Court case called King v. Burwell, comes from a specific phrase in the law itself–a few words that could end subsidies for millions of Americans, and make the law virtually unworkable.

The phrase in question deals with whether or not ObamaCare only allows federal subsidies in health care exchanges established by the individual states themselves. Currently, the vast majority of states have opted to join the federal health care exchange instead.

High-profile supporters of ObamaCare largely say the language is no more than a “typo” in the drafting of the bill, but ObamaCare’s chief architecture Jonathan Gruber was caught on camera admitting the opposite.

While lecturing about the law to a group of supporters, Gruber noted that the phrase at the center of King v. Burwell was far from a typo–it was intentional by ObamaCare’s drafters, to force states to build their own exchanges, rather than rely on the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

Gruber explained, “What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.

Remember, Gruber was widely praised by high-ranking Democrats like Nancy Pelosi in years past as the “architect” of ObamaCare.

While ObamaCare has largely been held up by the Supreme Court in the past, there’s evidence that they’re more willing to chisel away at this law than in past years–especially Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, who are widely seen as the two votes that will determine ObamaCare’s fate.

Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case-Western University, explains that both men have shown “textualist sympathies” in the past–meaning they’re more likely to read the law explicitly as written, banning subsidies for states using a federal exchange.

If this provision of ObamaCare is struck down, the law’s future would be very bleak. Without subsidies, health premiums would immediately skyrocket for millions of Americans–meaning an act of Congress would be needed to fix the law.

But with opposition from Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, such a fix would be highly unlikely without major concessions from Democrats.

While it’s still possible that ObamaCare could survive a third round with the Supreme Court in 2015, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Supreme Court will finally strike a fatal blow on the still-unpopular law.

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Jonathan Gruber, architect of RomneyCare and former cheerleader-in-chief for Obamacare sat down in front of legislators Tuesday to repeatedly, profusely and without shame, apologize for for his public statements questing the intelligence of Americans for passing Obamacare.

Gruber started off his statement by begging forgiveness from members of Congress in a media-filled room:

“Don’t make me beg here, because I will do it. I am so sorry, I am so go**amn sorry! Look I’m freaking out here! I killed them! I killed them all! I’m so f***ing stupid! I don’t know what I’m doing and everybody hates me!”

No sorry, that was MacGruber begging forgiveness.

Jonathan Gruber’s tone was similar as he told a fiery room:

I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely for the offending comments that I made. In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform. I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was, which is wrong. In other cases I simply made insulting and mean comments that are totally uncalled for in any situation. I sincerely apologize both for conjecturing with a tone of expertise and for doing so in such a disparaging fashion.

The MIT economist is referring to statements he made including blaming the passing of the Affordable Healthcare Act on “the stupidity of the American voter.”

While congressional leaders didn’t hold back in their contempt for Gruber with their questioning, one of the better moments of the day occurred immediately following the hearing.

Phil Kerpen, head of the group American Commitment, was first to approach Gruber at the close of the hearing and . . . well you can hear it directly from Kerpen:

We asked Kerpen his thoughts on the hearing and he told us, “It was surreal seeing a Harvard PhD, MIT full professor, infamous smartest-guy-in-the-room say over and over again that all of his statements about Obamacare were ‘glib conjectures’ and that he put down others to try to appear smart. And it was hard not to laugh when he repeatedly refused to answer how much he was paid by taxpayers to lie to us.”

Expect more from Gruber in the coming weeks along with his suggested cameo on Saturday Night Live giving the the king of glib conjectures, MacGruber, a run for his money.

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