November 13, 2014 7:45 am -

[su_right_ad]MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped conceive not just Obamacare but Romneycare, has been the focus of conservative ire since videos surfaced of him saying voters are “stupid” and that it’s a good thing the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act were difficult to dissect. Gruber is now a flashpoint, but he’s being used to leverage opposition to the law. They’re even thinking of calling him in to testify before Congress.

“The Affordable Care Act was publicly debated over the course of 14 months, with dozens of Congressional hearings, and countless town halls, speeches, and debates,” White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo said in a statement. “The tax credits in the law that help millions of middle class Americans afford coverage were no secret, and in fact were central to the legislation. Not only do we disagree with [Gruber’s] comments, they’re simply not true.”…

Now, rank-and-file conservatives and their grass-roots supporters are using the Gruber video to pressure congressional leaders to be more aggressive in coming weeks in their efforts to dismantle the law. There is a growing sense among Republicans that in spite of the challenges of fully repealing the law, they could make progress in undoing parts of it should the president and his associates lose credibility with voters.

“This gives us ammunition to make fundamental changes to the law,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Right-Wing Using Gruber’s ‘Stupidity’ Comment To Go After Obamacare

  1. tracey marie November 13th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    What makes the right so adamant against helping Americans stay and be healthy? What kind of mindset believes HC is a luxery and should only be available to the wealthy, I can’t understand this kind of hate and anger over HC

    • amongoose November 13th, 2014 at 11:28 am

      It isn’t not wanting to help that is the problem that is the problem, it’s how it was done.
      Should government be able to order you to buy something from a private corporation? Especially when that law was written with their lobbyist, which all claim to hate for influence pedaling?
      If you want to help them pay for it write a law to do so. Tell the public who will be paying for it with taxes how it works. Don’t tell them their costs will go down when they won’t.
      I don’t like the Mass. law but as a state they can do that with their populations consent which they obtained.
      This republic was set up to have a government protect the states as they made their own experiments in democracy.
      If you don’t like a states laws you can vote with your feet. If a heavy handed federal government does it there is nowhere else to go.
      If they can order you to buy a product from a corporation what is to prevent a well funded corporation with money to grease the skids from making you but other things as well? Just like they did with this.

      • tiredoftea November 13th, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Oh, FFS! Go back to whichever fringe site you came from, OK? Your nonsense doesn’t play here.

        • amongoose November 14th, 2014 at 8:28 am

          Discussion is not allowed then I take it.

          • tiredoftea November 14th, 2014 at 10:59 am

            Regurgitating fringe right wing nonsense that has been thoroughly discredited is not a discussion anyone has time for on this site.

          • amongoose November 14th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

            How has what I wrote been discredited?
            If my argument is flawed why are they wrong?
            I have not used insults or pejoratives, I am actually looking for a discussion of the issues on their merit.

  2. mea_mark November 13th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    If the republicans keep trying to get rid of the ACA, let’s start pushing for single payer to replace it.

  3. R.J. Carter November 13th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Correction: We’re not using the Gruber video.

    We’re using BOTH of the Gruber videos.

    Referring to the so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-end health plans, he said: “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”

  4. tiredoftea November 13th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What a surprise!

  5. mmaynard119 November 14th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    It’s time for him for him to change into his alter ego: MacGruber