For the First Time on Camera, Meet the Man Who Exposed the Gruber Videos and Obamas cover up of it—23LH. B13.14
“When they said, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,’ I believed that just like everybody else,” says Weinstein. Using nothing more complicated than Google, Weinstein unearthed a treasure trove of publicly available information, including embarrassing videos starring Jonathan Gruber.
The ‘Stupidity’ Videos
In several videos unearthed by Weinstein, Gruber refers to voters as “stupid.”“And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but, basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass,” Gruber says of the Affordable Care Act in an academic lecture on Oct. 4, 2013.In another, Gruber discusses how a trick in wording hides a large tax that is passed onto consumers.“Because the American voter is too stupid to understand the difference,” Gruber says, prompting laughter from the audience.
Weinstein also discovered videos in which Gruber refers to the intentional lack of transparency in the Affordable Care Act.“I wish … we could make it all transparent but I’d rather have this law than not,” Gruber says in one excerpt.In another, he states, “If you had a law in which it said healthy people are gonna pay in, you made [it] explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” “It’s pretty disappointing,” he says. “The media just has not had any, very little intellectual curiosity … all these videos were out there in plain sight.”
The ‘Noblis’ Video
Weinstein considers what he calls the “Noblis video” to be the most important of the bunch. It shows Gruber speaking at a technical conference sponsored by a company called Noblis on Jan. 18, 2012.The find is considered so significant, it’s entered as evidence in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act that justices will hear Wednesday. Opponents, a majority of the states, argue the law only applies to the 16 states that set up their own health care exchanges to sell insurance under Obamacare.Gruber has been quoted as calling the challenger’s theory “nutty.” Yet, in the Noblis video, recorded nine months before HealthCare.gov went live, he agrees with the opposing side. He clearly states that tax subsidies were only meant for states that established exchanges.“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—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill,” says Gruber. “So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens ‘you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.’” It’s estimated that more than 5 million people could lose their subsidies.
‘Lack of Economic Understanding’
In still more videos excerpts, Gruber talks about ways to mask a health care-related tax on the public by “mislabeling it” as a tax on insurance companies.
“…Calling it a tax on insurance plans rather than a tax on people, when we all know it’s a tax on people who hold those insurance plans,” says Gruber.
Gruber also explains, “We tax the insurance companies, they pass it on [in the form of] higher prices, that offsets the tax break we get, it ends up being the same thing. It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic President Obama has said he does not agree with Gruber’s assessment of the American public’s intellect,understanding of the American voter.”
The ‘Cadillac Tax’
Ask Weinstein what is the biggest shoe yet to drop regarding the Affordable Care Act and he immediately points to the so-called “Cadillac tax.”“That Cadillac tax—it’s a whopper,” says Weinstein. “That’s a real problem.”The Cadillac tax is a huge tax that will be levied on high-end insurance plans—the “Cadillacs” of health insurance.Starting in 2018, Obamacare imposes the 40 percent tax on individual health plans costing more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family. The idea is to press employers to offer less generous plans.Many people, including Weinstein, believe it will prompt employers to cut out health insurance altogether, forcing some of the 158 million people who are currently insured through work onto the Obamacare exchanges for plans they don’t like as much, with limited choices and higher deductibles.“The employers are gonna get frustrated, not offer employer-sponsored insurance anymore,” predicts Weinstein. “I don’t think those people are expecting what’s going to hit them.”Weinstein says thanks to Obamacare, his insurance premiums have doubled. Today, he has connected with three other “citizen journalists” who say they’re committed to doing the job that the news media is not doing well: critically investigating the Affordable Care Act.
Last week, Gruber was one of four members removed from the Massachusetts’ Health Connector Board, which oversees the state’s health care law.
In asking for the resignations, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he’s establishing a new leadership team.
OBAMA GRUBER COVER-UP:
Gruber also talked about how the “Cadillac tax” was sold as tax on insurance companies when it’s really a tax on the middle class.Under Section 36B of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or Obamacare), tax subsidies are restricted to individuals who purchase health insurance “through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Similar wording occurs in eight other locations throughout the ACA. In establishing the regulations governing the tax subsidies, however, the Obama administration declared that the phrase “Exchange established by the State” refers to state exchanges, regional exchanges, subsidiary exchanges, and a federally-facilitated exchange.
But the Obama administration ignored the law and gave subsidies to all participants, arguing that the law was never intended to prohibit subsidies for those purchasing insurance through exchanges set up by the federal government. That’s why Mr. Gruber is such a problem for the Obama gang. Because, in another video, Gruber admitted that Obamacare’s subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges only. In what he termed an effort to “squeeze the states,” Gruber confirmed that if states did not set up their own exchanges, the federal government would not give their health care applicants income tax subsidies. Gruber told a questioner:
I think partly because they want to sort of squeeze the states to do it. I think 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. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these Exchanges, and that they’ll do it.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), intends to negotiate with Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D. on a sole source basis for technical assistance in evaluating options for national healthcare reform. The basis for restricting competition is the authority 13.106-1(b) because only one source is reasonably available to satisfy agency requirements. The anticipated contract period will be for one year …
In a “Fact Checker” article about the Gruber “Technical Assistance” contract with HHS, the Washington Post reported:
The first four months of the contract could not be found on the FedBizOpp.gov Web site, but in June 2009, HHS renewed the contract for eight months, with a value of $297,600. Gruber in an e-mail confirmed that the first part of the contract was for $95,000.
That adds up to $392,600 – or “almost $400,000.”
According to the Daily Caller, Gruber earned “at least” $5.9 million after being recruited by the Obama administration to help craft its health care law. According to the Caller’s Chuck Ross, “The federal government has paid Jonathan Gruber at least $4 million since the year 2000, for his work as an expert witness, a legal consultant and for his consultation on Obamacare. That comes on top of at least $1.6 million the MIT economist has been paid by several states to consult on their health care bills.”
It is now evident that Obama’s HHS is flouting the FOIA law to keep the truth about Gruber, not just from the American public, but also the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s why: HHS doesn’t want to disclose Gruber’s key role in Obamacare because his statements could be used by the High Court to upend Obama’s illegal tax subsidies. Why else would HHS go into full cover-up mode about contracts with one man? From its inception, its passage, its implementation, and its enforcement, “lack of transparency” has been essential to keeping Obamacare alive.
SOURCE—SHARYL ATTKISSON, THE DAILY SIGNAL, RICH WEINSTEIN, TOM FITTON