Originally published December 26 2014
Obama deliberately worked to decieve Americans about healthcare law, Gruber interview reveals
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) For President Obama to say that he in no way tried to trick Americans into supporting his signature healthcare law -- the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare -- is perhaps the greatest political lie ever told in the history of the country.
That is, if you believe what one Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor whom Democrats have acknowledged was the architect of the Obamacare law, says he and the president discussed in the months before the law was passed without a single Republican supporting it.
In recent weeks, video after video has surfaced of Gruber explaining what avenues of deceit had to be traveled in order to fool the public into thinking that the law was something that a) needed to be done to save American healthcare; and b) would accomplish several things at once, such as lowering overall costs while allowing Americans to keep their doctors and their plans.
In this video clip, for instance, Gruber explains how he and Obama schemed to hide the fact that Obamacare imposed massive taxes on benefits:
The thing that is real cost control, that we know it'll work, go after this. Now the problem is, it's a political nightmare. And people say, "No, you can't tax my benefits." ... So, what we did a lot in that room [at the White House] [was] talk about... well, how could we make this work? And Obama's like, "Well, you know..." -- I mean, he's a really realistic guy -- he's like, "I can't just do this. It's just not gonna happen politically. The bill will not pass. How do we manage to get there through phase-ins and other things?" And we talked about it. Um... and he was just very interested in that topic. That ultimately became the genesis of what's called the "Cadillac tax" in the healthcare bill, which I think is one of the most important and bravest parts of the healthcare law...
"I just heard about this"
That frank discussion led the president to -- as usual -- issue a blanket denial. No, he assures us, there was no scheming going on to get his signature healthcare law passed -- this is from a man who lied repeatedly about virtually every aspect of it, including insisting early and often that, no, the individual mandate wasn't a "tax" (the U.S. Supreme Court said otherwise, though that, too, is another story).
In responding to a question from Fox News' Ed Henry, while attending the G-20 Summit recently in Brisbane, Australia, about an earlier assertion that government should be transparent, Obama denied what Gruber has asserted.
"No, I did not" mislead Americans, Obama responded, then went on to say what he has said after every prior scandal in his administration -- that he was clueless about any of it.
"I just heard about this -- I get well briefed before I come out here," Obama stammered. "The fact that some advisor -- who never worked on our staff -- expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with, in terms of the voters, is no reflection on the actual process that was run."
"They got away with it"
In a follow-up interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, columnist, author and political analyst Dr. Charles Krauthammer said that "liberal arrogance" was in play -- and that those on that side of the political aisle really do "believe that the voters are stupid" and have to be led to certain policy decisions.
"That's what [Gruber] said openly," Krauthammer said. "We wanted to get the bill, we didn't care how we did it, so we lied about everything. We lied about if you can keep the plan, knowing that you can't keep your plan. We lied about the fact that this would be a transfer of wealth, a massive transfer of wealth, because as Gruber said, had [the American people] known that, [Obamacare] would never have passed. They lied about every aspect of this, and I think that is what has been charged all along."
He also said it was "a scandal of the media that this has to be discovered in the sixth year of the presidency, rather than talked about at the time, when it was obvious they were lying about all this. ... But, they got away with it."
A small montage of President Obama finding out about the various major scandals during his administration "through the news" is here.
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