As Democrats race to distance themselves from disgraced Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and his disparaging remarks about “the stupidity of the American voter,” a 2013 Senate hearing transcript reveals top Democrat Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) lauded Gruber as a “very smart” expert.
During a May 13, 2013 Senate hearing considering the nomination of Brian Deese to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Sen. Carper said the following about MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber:
Thank you, Senator Levin. There has been no shortage of initiatives that have focused on Medicare led by people like Alice Rivlin, people that include like Tom Daschle, and folks that are practitioners, very smart people, Jonathan Gruber from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that have actually looked at Medicare and said, These are some ways where we can save some money, save these programs in the long haul, and do so in a way that does not savage older people or poor people.
Sen. Carper is no stranger to making controversial Obamacare comments. In 2009, Carper told CNS News he had no intention of reading the Obamacare bill because it’s “confusing” and contains “incomprehensible” language and “hard stuff to understand.”
“I don’t expect to actually read the legislative language because reading the legislative language is among the more confusing things I’ve ever read in my life,” said Carper.