who actually helped write the obamacare bill?—23gh.,b13.14
An architect of Obamacare who said last year that the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the law said Tuesday that he regretted making that comment, but stopped short of apologizing.
“The comments that were made at an academic conference, I was speaking off the cuff, and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments,” Jonathan Gruber, now a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told MSNBC.
Over the weekend, video surfaced from 2013 in which Gruber admitted that the law was designed in a non-transparent way in order to ensure its passage.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes,” he said at one point. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber added. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”
While Gruber apologized on Tuesday, he continued to stress that Obamacare was designed as a tax bill because it would not have been possible to write it as a spending bill.
“Public policy that involves spending is typically less political palatable than policy that involves doing things through the tax code,” he told MSNBC. He noted he preferred to pass it like a spending bill, just as Massachusetts passed its health care bill as a spending measure.
“That was politically infeasible, and so instead, it was done through the tax code, and that’s the only point I was making,” he said.
Gruber also insisted that the Supreme Court is only being forced to review the law again because of a “typo.” He said rushing the law through the Senate created a law that had “some typos” in it.
The Court will soon rule on whether Obamacare allows the federal government to offer insurance subsidies to people in states that have not set up their own insurance exchanges. Gruber and other Democrats have said they intended to allow those subsidies, and that only a drafting error prevented it from happening.
“It’s just a typo,” he said.
Did the Author of Obamacare Admit It’s Evil?-
Let’s unpack what Gruber is saying here.
- The individual mandate. Obamacare has a requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, so that they cannot ride free by waiting until they get sick to buy a plan. There is a metaphysical debate about whether it constitutes a tax. As Gruber says, the outcome of that debate carried massive political import. The administration framed the mandate as a requirement backed by a fine. Gruber is merely pointing out that supporters of the law took pains to design its mandate so that the Congressional Budget Office would not define it as a tax. At worst, this was spin. At best, this a perfectly accurate way to sell the individual mandate — as a fine on free-riding behavior, like parking without feeding the meter, as opposed to a levy designed mainly forrevenue.
- The stupidity of the American voter. Here is where Gruber’s comment most rankles. “Stupidity” is unfair. Ignoranceis a more accurate term. Very few people understand economics and public policy. This is especially true of Obamacare — most Americans are unaware of the law’s basic functions or even whether their state is participating. In health care and other areas, they want to enjoy generous benefits while paying low taxes and don’t know enough details to reconcile those irreconcilable preferences. Gruber’s error here is that, by describing this as “stupidity” rather than a “lack of knowledge,” he moves from lamenting an unfortunate problem both parties must work around to condescending to the public in an unattractiveway.
- Transfers from the healthy to the sick. Here you need to back up and understand that people lack health insurance for two basic reasons: They’re poor or they’re sick. Poor people were subsidized through tax credits, which were financed through a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes. Sick people were subsidized in a more indirect way, and that is what Gruber is describinghere.
The subsidy for sick people involved preventing insurance companies from charging higher prices to customers with a preexisting condition. (This is not a controversial idea. Employer-based insurance does this. Medicare does it. People, even healthy ones, like those plans.) This is an extremely popular idea, in part because, as Gruber points out, the costs are hidden — it forces insurance companies to charge higher rates to healthier people so that they can offer lower rates to sick ones.
What Gruber is saying here is that Obamacare finances the subsidies that make insurance available to sick people whose premiums would otherwise be exorbitant by regulation, rather than through straightforward taxes. If you are a relatively healthy person who gets insurance through your job, you are subsidizing your sicker co-workers in just the same, hidden way.
- “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage
But Gruber was not talking about passing the law in a non-transparent fashion. Conservatives believe the law was passed non-transparently, but nobody who supported it considers this anything but a bizarre description of one of the most drawn-out public and legislative debates in the history of Congress. Gruber was surely referring to the non-transparent mechanism of regulating insurance companies, causing them to charge less to the sick and more to the healthy, without Congress having to carry out those transfers through direct taxes.
Gruber is right about this, too. Suppose Congress had decided not to regulate insurers but instead charged higher taxes to healthy people, and wrote checks directly to sick people. People would have hated it, even though the popular mechanism Congress used instead does the very same thing.
The Washington Post reports that Gruber was caught admitting Obamacare “was crafted in a deliberately deceptive way in order to pass Congress.” That is not what Gruber said in the video. He was trying to explain how the law’s architects had to compromise the simple technocratic purity they might use to design the law in an academic setting to account for an irrational political system in which tiny bits of fact can be decontextualized and manipulated by demagogues. The reaction to Gruber’s comments this week is fitting punishment for his obnoxious phrasing, but only serves to vindicate his underlying beliefs.
Revealed: The Man Who Wrote Obamacare
Some of us knew from day one. Others took a while to honestly look at what Obamacare is; still, others have dug in and decided to fight the truth. None of what they say now matters; Obamacare is the cruelest hoax perpetrated upon the American people in our history. It is a document filled with evil trip wires designed to destroy us, beat us down, and put us under socialist rule.
This begs the question: who wrote this bill? The answer is Robert Creamer, a federal felon. He’s the husband of Marxist Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, an evil screeching creature who still demands a “single payer” healthcare delivery system because although it has never worked anywhere, as a Communist, she KNOWS she can make it work with more money and power. Creamer wrote 628 pages of Obamacare while he was in prison, having been convicted of 16 counts involving bank fraud (and of course income tax fraud – the Mother’s Milk of Democrats.)
Creamer served 5 months in prison and an additional 11 months under house arrest. Not exactly what would happen to you or me.
Creamer’s hate-filled attack on America called “Stand Up Straight!” calls for the “democratization of wealth” in America, “progressive control of governments around the world,” and of course amnesty for illegal aliens. It assures Democrats they could win a permanent majority in Congress by:
The Shocking Truth About Who Wrote Obamacare
As many as 16 million Americans are losing their healthcare because their present plans do not meet the new standards of Obamacare. We Told You So.
Most people now know, or have the means to find out that Obamacare does indeed have death panels in which major age related treatment exclusions are written into the law. Many of us are finding out that Obamacare will be significantly more expensive than our present healthcare plans. For myself, if I had to go on Obamacare, I would pay almost three times as much per month as I am now.
We are now learning that as doctors are finding out about Obamacare, that many of these doctors are planning to retire early and leave the profession. This will result in a severe healthcare provider shortage. Don’t you remember when George H. W. Bush was fighting on behalf of the managed care plans when he talked about long waits for critical treatments involving countries which had socialized medicine such as Canada?
With the critical shortages coming to Obamacare, many Americans are going to die while waiting for treatment and this problem is going to be greatly exacerbated by the shortages which are looming in specialty treatment areas. Under Obamacare, general practitioners (GP’s) will, in most cases, get paid the same as specialists. Medical specialists (e.g. cardiologists) spend a lot more time and money than GP’s in order to acquire the skill sets associated with their specialty field. In the future, why should specialists spend the extra time and money getting trained for a specialty field if it pays the same as a GP? As a result, many are predicting critical shortages in specialized critical medical fields such as oncology, cardiac specialists, pulmonary specialists, OBGYN specialists, et al. As a result of Obamacare, people are going die prematurely and we told you so!
. Don’t you remember when Nancy Pelosi commanded Congress to pass the healthcare so that we could see what was in it?
Who Actually Wrote Obamacare?
And now for the shocking truth about who actually wrote Obamacare. After all the secrecy surrounding Obamacare is lifting, we can finally put a name to this cruel lie. The man’s name who wrote a great deal of the scourge that we call Obamacare, is convicted felon, Robert Creamer.
Revealed for first time: Sordid origins of Obamacare legislation traced to Soros group, marketed by slew of radicals.
— A book released this week documents for the first time the radical origins of President Obama’s healthcare law, revealing the principal author of the foundation for the legislation while tracing the law itself to a group funded by George Soros.
“Red Army: The radical network that must be defeated to save America” also finds the founders of the controversial Apollo Alliance, run by a slew of radicals, helped craft the marketing campaign behind the healthcare initiative.
On Obamacare, “Red Army” documents how the legislation, deliberately masked by moderate, populist rhetoric, was carefully crafted and perfected over the course of decades and is a direct product of laborious work by a coalition of radical groups and activists, many with socialist designs.
Those activists seek to “reform” the U.S. healthcare industry, which accounts for a significant portion of the U.S. capitalist enterprise.
“Red Army” reveals the principal author of the foundation for Obamacare is third generation progressive academic Jacob S. Hacker, a Yale professor who is an expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy.
Hacker is author of Health Care for America, the centerpiece of the George Soros–funded Economic Policy Institute’s Agenda for Shared Prosperity. “Red Army” finds Hacker’s proposal for so-called guaranteed, affordable healthcare for all Americans is the foundation for Obama’s healthcare plan.
Hacker’s plan had its origins in the professor’s multiple other major policy papers on healthcare, including a 2001 plan for the Covering America project.
In 2003, Hacker first devised a public health insurance program called “Medicare Plus,” which would offer coverage to all legal residents not otherwise covered by Medicare or employer-sponsored insurance. Employers would be required to either provide a minimum level of coverage to their workers or pay a payroll tax.
That plan was the basis for the U.S. National Healthcare Insurance Act, which was first introduced in February 2, 2005, in the House by Representative John Conyers. That act was sponsored by several other congressmen, all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“Red Army” documents how the Progressive Caucus was founded by the Democrat Socialists of America. The book charges the caucus works as a Marxist-socialist bloc in congress to introduce progressive legislation with socialist intent.
Chavez imaging guru, extremists
“Red Army” documents how a little-known marketing outfit called the Herndon Alliance helped to market Obamacare, even provided suggestions on which words supporters should use the promote the bill.
Acceptable words include “quality affordable health care”; “American solutions”; “giving security and peace of mind”; “fair rules”; “government as watchdog”; “smart investments, investing in the future”; and “affordable health plans.”
Unacceptable words include “universal health care”; “Canadian style health care”; “Medicare for All”; “regulations”; “free”; “government or public health care”; and “wellness.”
“Red Army” found the research component of the Herndon Alliance was provided by Celinda Lake, who teamed up with a marketing research firm, American Environics. AE uses social-values surveys to gauge public opinion.
Lake herself worked for a number of leftist institutions and unions, including the AFL-CIO and the SEIU. She also serves on the board of directors of the Progressive Congress Action Fund alongside Robert Borosage, whose Healthcare for America Now anticipated spending $42 million in its final push for passage of Obamacare.
AE was founded in 2004 by a team of American strategists and Canadian researchers. In April 2005, current AE managing partners Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger started AE’s American branch. One year before, Shellengerger did imaging for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Nordhaus and Shellenberger cofounded the Apollo Alliance sometime around 2002 and were two
of its original national board members.
“Red Army” exposes how Apollo helped draft not only the president’s green jobs programs, but also the $787 billion economic stimulus bill and other proposed new energy legislation.
Apollo is led by a slew of radicals,including Van Jones, Jeff Jones, who heads Apollo’s New York branch and is a former top leader of the Weatherman terrorist organization, and Joel Rogers, a founder of the socialist New Party. Obama’s controversial former “green” jobs czar, Van Jones, sits on Apollo’s board.
Meanwhile, several major groups were founded to lobby for the legislation that became Obama’s healthcare law.
Healthcare-NOW, not to be confused with the organization Health Care for America Now, was established in 2004 for one purpose—to lobby on behalf of single-payer healthcare. Healthcare-NOW’s broad base includes socialist, labor, church, and community organizations and, most notably, Physicians for a National Health Program.
Healthcare-NOW co-chairs include Dr. Quentin D. Young, who is considered father of the single-payer movement. Young advised Obama during his days as a senator. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the radical Code Pink anti-war group, is a member of Healthcare-NOW’s board of directors.
Another major group leading the charge to transform healthcare has been Campaign for America’s Future. CAF was founded in 1990 by Robert L. Borosage. Roger Hickey, cofounder of the Soros-funded Economic Policy Institute which “Red Army” ties to the healthcare bill, is credited as being a CAF cofounder as well.
CAF unveiled the lobby, Health Care for America Now, or HCAN, which “Red Army” documents deceptively maintains that it is a “national grassroots campaign.”
HCAN’s lead member organizations include ACORN; MoveOrg; AFSCME; Americans United for Change; and Planned Parenthood Federation of America; SEIU; United Food and Commercial Workers; and the Soros-funded Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is highly influential in advising the White House.
source–pete kasperowicz, msnbc, national interest, jonathan chait, daily caller, dr kevin collins, jan schakowsky, dave hodges, jacob hacker, herndon alliance, american environics, robert borosage, hw=eathlthcare now, dr quentin d young, medea benhjamin, roger hickey, caf, hcan,