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Kate Scanlon
The Daily Signal
Thu, 2014-11-13
"Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s remarks about the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency” as factors necessary to passing Obamacare have spurred responses from across the political spectrum. Former DNC chairman Howard Dean responded to Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski’s comment that Gruber’s statement “might be a problem.” “The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it,” said Dean about Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor. “I’m serious. The core problem of the d— law is that it was put together by a bunch of elitists who don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.”"
Noah Rothman
Hot Air
Thu, 2014-11-13
"How can you be certain the discovery of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s repeated praise for the deception which resulted in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and his acknowledgement of the “stupidity” of the American people to whom he and his Democratic allies successfully lied, is a major development? The media’s response to this revelation. The videos, none of which were uncovered by any major news organization but by a previously anonymous investment advisor who found them hiding in plain sight on YouTube, feature Gruber denigrating the public his law purports to help. Yet, this has hardly merited a mention on the major networks. No nightly newscast has played the footage, and CBS News This Morning was the first network newscast to feature Gruber’s comments at all – and only just today."
Grace-Marie Turner, The Galen Institute
Forbes
Thu, 2014-11-13
"MIT economist Jonathan Gruber is in the news again with his comments about how the drafters of ObamaCare used Americans’ ignorance about the complexities of tax law to impose a new tax on high-cost health insurance. In a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012, Gruber said: “…we just tax insurance companies, they pass on higher prices that offsets the tax break we get into being the same thing. It’s a very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”"
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
USA Today
Wed, 2014-11-12
"Voters last week flatly rejected the Obama administration's policies and created a new opportunity to improve American health care by electing a Republican Congress that is firmly committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare. With a flawed website launch, failed state exchanges, burdensome mandates, mass cancellations of coverage and countless other broken promises paid for by Medicare cuts and a trillion dollar tax hike, it's no wonder so few Democratic candidates campaigned on the merits of Obamacare."
Jennifer Rubin
Washington Post
Wed, 2014-11-12
"A number of liberal pundits working off of White House talking points became heavily invested in the argument that the election was not about Obamacare. They seemed to believe if the election was about something else, Obamacare wouldn’t be repudiated or the GOP would lack a mandate to get rid of it. This was, to put it mildly, silly and desperate. No matter how many GOP ads were cut, how much direct mail was distributed, or campaign Web sites were created pledging to eliminate Obamacare or attacking Democrats for supporting it, the election could not be a referendum on Obamacare, according to the left-wing blogosphere. But it was. Of all the president’s policies that were on the ballot, Obamacare was the most significant."
Dierdre Walsh
CNN
Wed, 2014-11-12
"Two potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates -- Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio -- are teaming up on a proposal to replace President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Their plan could be voted on in the new Congress next year, when the GOP will control both the House and Senate. The Washington Examiner first reported that Ryan and Rubio began discussing a plan this spring, and the Tampa Bay Times published another report about the collaboration on Monday. But with Ryan ascending to a top House committee post and the Senate being run by Republicans in 2015, the joint effort gets new momentum."
Drew Altman
Kaiser Family Foundation
Wed, 2014-11-12
"Since the outcome of Tuesday’s elections became clear, a lot has been said, and threatened, about repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Republican control of the next Congress is likely to bring ACA challenges in two flavors. There will be early “statement legislation” to repeal the law and possibly to repeal the ACA’s individual mandate, a linchpin of the law that spreads risk and makes its insurance market changes work. These bills, intended to honor election promises to the Republican base, would be vetoed by President Barack Obama if they pass."
Guy Benson
Townhall
Wed, 2014-11-12
"MIT economist Jonathan Gruber is one of the foremost architects of Obamacare, having bragged that he "knows more about this law" than anyone else in his field. He's also emerged as an unintentional one-man wrecking ball against Obamacare, making public statements that have undermined the Obama administration's legal and political defenses of the president's signature domestic legacy. Over the summer, a three-judge panel on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a substantial blow to the law, ruling that the legislative text means what is says on a critical subject. As written and signed into law, Obamacare specifies that only consumers who live in states (a term that is explicitly defined) that set up their own "exchange" marketplace are eligible to receive taxpayer-funded subsidies to offset high costs."
By Soumya Karlamangla, Chad Terhune
Mon, 2014-11-10
"Lillian Saldana turned down Obamacare coverage once, and she might do it again.. With sign-ups set to resume Saturday, the 23-year-old Covina resident and her younger sister are hesitant to enroll because their parents are immigrants who are not citizens and therefore ineligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Saldana, an after-school tutor, admits she could put the insurance to good use for a checkup, but she worries about putting her parents at risk or creating a rift at home. "We've always done things together as a family," she said."
Jason Millman
Washington Post
Mon, 2014-11-10
"Within days of the Republican Party regaining control of the Senate, a host of policy issues has quickly risen to the top of Washington's priorities list: trade, corporate tax reform, the Keystone pipeline. And then there's the medical device tax. The tax, passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, plays a marginal role in the health-care overhaul, but the push to repeal it has attracted millions of dollars of lobbying, as well as high-profile supporters on the Hill, from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)."

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