One of the lucky inmates at the Tucker Carlson Charity Home for Blind Concussed Squirrels discovers nuts.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.
Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.
Golly. What did Gruber actually say? Here's the Daily Caller's own transcription:
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 that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
Gruber here is making an unexceptionable point: the "American people" are not necessarily stupid taken individually, but they sure are easily swayed by stupid arguments. The colossally stupid "death panels" nonsense proves that dispositively.
And the Tuckerista quoted above adds further evidence to this theory: Gruber didn't say the mandate is a tax in regards to the narrow (and stupid) legal issue that stupidly went before our stupid Supreme Court, he was only talking about CBO scoring, which is a different thing.
What Gruber was saying is that "we knew that there would be a huge problem if we had to explain how insurance works, because even though that's not a difficult concept, it would have been demagogued by screaming talk radio swine and their angry base of addled morons."
The far-right howler monkeys are pretty much just proving Gruber right; after all, they themselves get paid (or desperately want to get paid) to fling nonsense-poo to rally support for the idea that third-party swine deserve to get rich off you getting sick, and all poor people ought to quickly die, even if they have three jobs.