Update: Mr. Gruber tried to “explain” his earlier comments about the subsidies, and only ended up digging himself in deeper. See even more evidence at the end of this post.
A senior Obamacare architect now claims that limiting subsidies for private health insurance under the act to only state-run exchanges was merely a “typo” in the bill — one that the IRS attempted to patch up with a rule change. However, a two-year old video clip depicts the same man claiming the exact opposite — states that hadn’t set up exchanges were purposely excluded.
The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this week that a clear reading of the Affordable Care Act indicates that subsidies for private health insurance were limited only to state-run health exchanges, according to Reason.
Shortly after the the D.C. Circuit Court made its ruling, senior Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and told host Chris Matthews:
Chris, it is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states. And why would they? Look, the law says that people are only subject to the mandate if they can afford insurance, if it`s less than 8 percent of their income. If you get rid of these subsidies, 99 percent of the people who would get subsidies can no longer afford insurance, so you destroy the mandate. Why would Congress set up the mandate and go through all that political battle to allow it to be destroyed? It`s just simply a typo, and it`s really criminal that this has even made it as far as it has.