“If you made it explicit, the healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed (the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), okay? Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”, MIT Prof. and Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber

“So, the government and the key political sponsors of the Affordable Care Act, purposefully made it “non-transparent” so that the American people wouldn’t understand the true economic effect and therefore would support it? Isn’t that a fraud on the American people and our democracy?”, Mike Perry

Prof. Jonathan Gruber:  “This bill 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 healthy people are gonna pay in… If you made it explicit the healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, okay?  Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. And you know, it’s the second best argument.  Look, I wish Mark was right, and we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have the law than not.”

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Gruber_%28economist%29

Jonathan Holmes Gruber is a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a research associate. He is an associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics.

Gruber has been heavily involved in crafting public health policy. He was a key architect of both the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, sometimes referred to as “Romneycare”, and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”.

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