In one week’s time Jonathan Gruber has gone from the brilliant and celebrated ObamaCare architect whose expert views were sought after as he sat on one panel after another – to a completely disowned laughingstock regarded by the ruling class as having “remarkable hubris” and views that are “not good” and “damaging.”
I was actually beginning to feel a little sorry for Gruber.
Then this next video came out.
Watchdog.org’s Bruce Parker has this clip from the ObamaCare architect’s appearance before a Vermont legislative panel in February 2011, where one of the committee members read a warning letter about the dangers of adopting a massive, top-down government program controlling health insurance markets. After hearing a list of predicted negative consequences, Gruber dismissed it as something that might have been “written by my adolescent children”
Ed Morrissey took the liberty of writing out all of the adolescent child’s predictions that had the room full of single-payer proponents in stitches.
Coercive mandatesBallooning costsIncreased taxesBureaucratic outragesShabby facilitiesDisgruntled providersLong waiting linesLower quality careSpecial-interest nest-feathering,
Destructive wage and price controls
If those predictions look amazingly accurate, it’s because the man who wrote the oped (described as adolescent by Gruber) is a health care policy expert who served as a senior policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and who also served two terms as a Vermont state senator.
“It was actually written by a former senior policy adviser in the White House who knew something about health care systems,” said John McClaughry, a two-term Vermont state senator and adviser to President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
McClaughry, who wrote the comment in an op-ed weeks before the 2011 committee meeting, told Vermont Watchdog he did not know Gruber made the condescending insult. However, he was aware of other videos discovered this week in which Gruber boasted of writing deceptive policies to trick “stupid” American voters.
“No one should trust this man. … Based on the rest of the stuff that’s come out on the videos, nobody can trust this guy. He has no use for transparency, he thinks people are stupid, and he’ll do anything to get this thing through and pocket his $400,000. That’s not in the interest of the people of Vermont,” McClaughry said.
That’s not in the interest of the people of entire country, actually.