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Explainer: What Gruber meant when he said ‘if CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies’

Glenn Kessler
Washington Post
Thu, 2014-11-20
"“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” – MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, captured on videotape What did Gruber mean when he uttered this words in a now-infamous video that has inflamed hostility to the Affordable Care Act?

Isn't Jonathan Gruber Worse Than the Downing Street Memo?

Ann Coulter
Townhall
Thu, 2014-11-20
"Gruber, who was paid half a million dollars to design Obamacare, is on tape bragging about how the Democrats relied on "the stupidity of the American voter" to pass that law. Which, ironically, was sort of a stupid thing to say on camera. By now there are so many tapes of Gruber explaining how Obamacare fooled stupid Americans that they're being released as a boxed set in time for Christmas."

Chuck Todd dismisses Gruber revelations as ‘a politics story’

Noah Rothman
Hot Air
Thu, 2014-11-20
"The mainstream press – a term which is rapidly losing all meaning as Fox News has begun to not only dominate cable news but the networks as well, but what was once understood to include big city newspapers and the three broadcast networks – has largely ignored the scandal surrounding Jonathan Gruber’s many impolitic comments.

Chance To Pass Free-Market Health Reform Just Ahead For GOP

Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
Investors Business Daily
Thu, 2014-11-20
"The pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare coupled with a small provision buried in the law could give Republicans in the new Congress the opportunity to power-boost free-market health reform. The high court will hear arguments, likely in March, on whether the Obama administration had legal authority to allow tax subsidies to flow through the health insurance exchange established by the federal government."

'Peak Obamacare': Will Exchanges End With A Bang Or A Whimper?

John R. Graham
Forbes
Wed, 2014-11-19
"The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear King v. Burwell, an important case about Obamacare’s subsidies (tax credits) to health insurers. Plaintiffs argue that in the 36 states with federal Obamacare exchanges, subsidies cannot be paid legally. If no subsidies can be paid, neither the individual mandate to buy health insurance nor the employer mandate to offer insurance can be enforced. Few people would voluntarily buy health insurance from an Obamacare exchange if health insurers on the exchanges did not receive subsidies to enroll people. The premiums would be too high otherwise. Experts expect that the Supreme Court might decide on King v. Burwell in July, in which case Obamacare will end with a bang."

Now Can We Finally "Wave" Goodbye To Obamacare?

Chris Conover
Forbes
Wed, 2014-11-19
"Democrats took a serious one-two punch last week. First, they suffered their second consecutive mid-term “wave” election on Tuesday, losing the Senate in the process. Then on Friday, the Supreme Court announced it would review yet another Obamacare case that Obamacare champion Ron Pollack of Families USA said represented “the most serious existential threat” of the moment to the president’s signature piece of domestic policy legislation. Consequently, conservative health reformers now have a platinum opportunity [1] to drastically overhaul or perhaps even replace the most misguided law enacted in recent memory. But taking advantage of this historic opportunity will require an exquisite balancing of speed and shrewdness."

Thanks to Jonathan Gruber for revealing Obamacare deception

Marc Thiessen
Washington Post
Wed, 2014-11-19
"Democrats are desperately distancing themselves from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. He “never worked on our staff,” President Obama said this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, (even though Gruber was paid almost $400,000 by his administration, is the intellectual author of the individual mandate and met in the Oval Office with Obama and the head of the Congressional Budget Office to pore over the bill). “I don’t know who he is,” Nancy Pelosi declared on Capitol Hill (even though she repeatedly cited him by name during the Obamacare debate). The reason Democrats are running from Gruber is the same reason conservatives should be thanking him: Gruber has exposed what liberals really think of the American people."

New LA ad hits Landrieu on Gruber

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air
Wed, 2014-11-19
"Imagine what would have happened in the midterm elections if the Jonathan Gruber videos had emerged a week before November 4th than the week after. Actually, we don’t have to imagine it, at least not entirely. There is one more Senate race still left to settle, and it looks like Gruber will play a big part in the finale for Mary Landrieu in Louisiana: I included this in last night’s QOTD, but it’s worth its own look here. The attack strategy in the last two cycles of “Senator X was the deciding vote on ObamaCare” had a mixed track record. The exposure of Gruber’s remarks makes the attack work better than it did in the past, though. It makes each Democrat complicit in the lies and deceptions of ObamaCare which may resonate better than opposition to the law itself. The sheer arrogance of Gruber’s remarks will rub most voters raw."

Obama Denies Gruber, but Facts Deny Obama

David Limbaugh
Townhall
Wed, 2014-11-19
"Do President Obama's adamant denials that he misled the American public on various important aspects of Obamacare stand up to scrutiny? No, and it's not even a close call. In the past several weeks, there's been a major uproar in the alternative media -- the liberal media doing their usual best to cover up stories damaging to this administration and the cause of progressivism -- over recordings that have surfaced of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. Gruber essentially admitted that the administration duped the American people, whom he called "stupid," on certain issues and the Congressional Budget Office as to the cost of the legislation."

Watch Architect Jonathan Gruber Run Away When Confronted About Lying to Americans About Obamacare

Katie Pavlich, Townhall
Wed, 2014-11-19
"Over the past few years Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has been candid about how the Obama administration lied to misled "stupid" Americans in order to get healthcare legislation passed. We've seen countless videos that show Gruber talking about his close relationship with President Obama, how seniors are "terrible" at picking healthcare plans, describing how taxes were "mislabed" in order to dupe Americans into believing Obamacare wasn't a tax increase, how a lack of transparency was "critical" to passing Obamacare, how the redistribution of wealth from healthy to sick was covered up, etc. But when the folks over at Hannity confronted Gruber this week about his comments, he didn't have much to say other than "no comment.""

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