Johnathan Gruber, the MIT economist and noted liar and insulter of the intelligence of the American public, is back in the news. As the Supreme Court is due to release its decision in the King v. Burwell case no later than June 29, Gruber’s renewing celebrity–the gift that keeps on giving–is surely not welcome news for the Obama Administration. Regardless of whether the Supreme Court rules that words have a common, easily understood meaning and must be interpreted to mean what they actually mean, or words in statutes must be interpreted to mean what lying politicians, years later, say they really intended them to mean rather than what they actually mean, that decision will be always be judged in light of Gruber’s real role in writing and promoting Obamacare, and Mr. Obama’s role in lying about it.
In It Was A Mistake, A Typo, Yeah, That’s The Ticket! on July 26, 2014, I exposed Gruber as a liar for claiming that the provision of Obamacare that limits subsidy payments to people who buy insurance on exchanges established by the federal government was a “typo.” The operant word–“states”–in the ACA is hardly a typo as it appears multiple times, in multiple sections of the 2000+ page monstrosity, and each time clearly refers to individual states rather than the federal government. Unfortunately for Gruber and the Obamites, many videos of Gruber insulting the American people and bragging that he and the Obamites intended to deny subsidies to states that did not set up their own exchanges as a means of coercing them to do just that, had already come to light.
On November 16, 2014, I wrote an open letter to the President of MIT expressing my concerns about Gruber. I included Gruber’s own words:
This bill [Obamacare] was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… 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. It’s a second-best argument. Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
Gruber lied shamelessly about his own words:
I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake. People make mistakes. Congress made a mistake drafting the law and I made a mistake talking about it.
However, by then, no fewer than six video examples of Gruber speaking “off-the-cuff and saying the same things were made public, and more have since appeared.
In Jonathan Gruber: A Lying Little Typo on November 12, 2014, I again exposed Gruber’s serial lies, and noted that the Obamites, who were still claiming that Gruber was unimportant, and they barely knew who he was, was paid just under a half million dollars for his contribution to Obamacare. Where can I get a consulting gig like that? Do virtually nothing and be essentially invisible for nearly a half million?
And in Jonathan Gruber: A Lying Liar Lies About Lying And His Lying Friends Do Too, I exposed more Gruber and administration lying about his pivotal role in writing and passing Obamacare, including the fact that he also had contracts with HHS in the $400,000 range, and more with various states. In all, Gruber made around a million dollars for his role in supposedly having little or nothing to do with Obamacare.
What’s new? The release, apparently through MIT, of reams of previously unknown e-mails. The Hill reports:
The ObamaCare consultant who once mocked the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ had a bigger impact on the healthcare law than previously known, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Jonathan Gruber frequently contacted Obama administration officials via email while crafting ObamaCare, according to the newspaper.
The Journal said that previously unreleased messages show that Gruber repeatedly messaged the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) between January, 2009 and March, 2010.
He offered advice on healthcare policy and informed officials about media and lawmaker interviews concerning ObamaCare, the report added.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the newspaper that the communications disprove Gruber’s past assertions that he was a limited participant in creating the healthcare law.
The House Oversight Committee chairman added that his committee had obtained 20,000 pages emails after working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where Gruber is an economist.
‘His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted,’ Chaffetz said of Gruber’s relationship with the Obama administration, according to the Journal.
‘There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said,’ he added.
It has also been revealed that Gruber took meetings at the White House at least 20 times, including one meeting specifically with President Obama. This, of course, does not preclude Mr. Obama’s involvement in some of the other meetings. These meetings were previously unknown as well, despite Mr. Obama downplaying any administration relationship with Gruber, saying that he was nothing more than “some advisor” who wasn’t even on the White House Staff, which is, in a very Clintonian sense, true, but absolutely deceptive.
The [Wall Street] Journal reports that the officials Gruber contacted by e-mail included Peter Orszag, then the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Jason Furman, an economic adviser to the president; and Ezekiel Emanuel, then a special adviser for health policy at OMB.
Even with these revelations, the Obamites continue a “who you gonna believe? Me or your own lyin’ eyes? posture:
As has been previously reported, Mr. Gruber was a widely used economic modeler for administrations and state governments run by both parties—both before and after the Affordable Care Act was passed,’ HHS spokeswoman Meaghan Smith told the Journal in a statement. ‘These emails only echo old news.
Despite claiming to barely know of Gruber, the e-mails prove the Obama Administration idolized him:
At the time of the controversy, President Obama referred to Gruber as ‘some adviser who never worked on our staff.’ However, the Journal reports that Gruber’s emails appear to reference at least one meeting with Obama. Furthermore, one email from Jeanne Lambrew, a top Obama health adviser, thanks Gruber for ‘being an integral part of getting us to this historic moment’, while another message from Lambrew refers to Gruber as ‘our hero.
We can be certain about one thing: despite their multiple lies claiming to barely know Gruber, the Obamites and Progressives surely do see him and his vital work in deceiving Americans as uniquely heroic. We can also be certain that the contempt in which Mr. Obama and his minions, and Gruber hold the American public is limitless.