Right-Wing Using Gruber’s ‘Stupidity’ Comment To Go After Obamacare
[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]