Comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber in 2013 explaining how congressional passage of the Affordable Care Act was achieved have further intensified opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, The Washington Post reported.
Speaking on an academic panel about the legislative process Gruber said: “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 to getting the thing to pass.”
He said the bill was written in a “tortured way” to make sure that the Congressional Budget Office did not score the mandate as a tax.
He added that had the law made it clear healthy people would pay and sick people would benefit the bill would not have passed.
Gruber repeated the gist of the remarks at a separate academic venue, as reported by Fox News.
The clips were unearthed by Rich Weinstein, who was interested in the “paper trail” of David Cutler, Zeke Emanuel, and Gruber — all identified as architects of the Affordable Care Act.