Dr. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT Professor and the oft-cited “architect” of Obamacare, apologized for controversial comments he made suggesting that the “stupidity of the American voter” and a lack of transparency were crucial in passing the president’s signature health care legislation, on Tuesday.
“In some cases I made uninformed and glib comments about the political process behind health care reform,” Gruber said in his opening remarks before the House Oversight Committee. “I am not an expert on politics and my tone implied that I was which is wrong. In other cases I simply made insulting and mean comments that are totally uncalled for in any situation. I sincerely apologize both for conjecturing with a tone of expertise and for doing so in such a disparaging fashion. It is never appropriate to try to make oneself seem more important or smarter by demeaning others.”
“I am embarrassed, and I am sorry.”
While Gruber maintained that his comments were inappropriate and “glib,” when explicitly asked by lawmakers if they were lies—Gruber said they were not.
“Did you lie about any of your comments… some of the aspects that we saw on television? Were those outright lies or were they just not politically pleasant?” asked Rep. Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.).
“They were not lies,” Gruber responded.
“Once again,” Gruber said, “I was making statements about [a process], which I didn’t really have the expertise to make.