Obamacare "architect" Jonathan Gruber became a one-man nightmare for the Obama administration this week after several clips surfaced showing him calling the American people stupid, bragging about how the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) figured out a way to "rip off" American taxpayers for $400 million a year, or being praised by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
The videos have news outlets like MSNBC concerned about "the mess Jonathan Gruber created," and have put the White House in a defensive position over President Barack Obama's signature legislation. Bloomberg wrote that the videos "could convince the Supreme Court to dismantle part of the Affordable Care Act," otherwise known as Obamacare.
But who's responsible for uncovering the most explosive clips? It's not some big political opposition research firm, or even a Capitol Hill staffer. Rather, the bragging rights appear to belong to Rich Weinstein, an investment adviser from Philadelphia.
Weinstein called into Glenn Beck's radio program Friday, saying he lost his insurance roughly one year ago because of Obamacare and was confused — after all, Obama said dozens of times that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
"That's because you had a 'junk' plan, this is the argument," Beck said.
Weinstein laughed and remarked: "Don't think I'm trying to be cocky or anything. I'm an investment adviser. I have an accounting degree. I have an MBA. I have an insurance license. My wife has an MBA -- I'm qualified to figure out what kind of insurance to have."
Becoming one of the millions to lose their health insurance because of Obamacare made Weinstein want to look more into the figures behind the legislation. It didn't take long for him to find a video after video of Gruber, in particular, boasting about how Obamacare was passed thanks in part to the "stupidity of the American voter."
"I sent emails to a lot of people in the media saying, 'Hey, look, I got stuff here!' And that goes back to December of last year," Weinstein said. "Even I had forgotten it was that long. December -- early December of 2013."
Weinstein said he sent emails, Facebook messages, anything he could to contact media outlets, but nobody "seemed interested" until now.
"America, see, this is the thing," Beck said. "He sent this to us. He sent this to other people. He couldn't get us or anybody else to pick this story up. But he just kept doing it. And through the power of persistence, the power of the individual, and the power of the Internet, he could not only make this case, but eventually set the world on fire."
Beck said it is because of people like Weinstein that the government is doing all it can to regulate the Internet through net neutrality.
"There's still a lot of stuff that's coming out," Weinstein said. "People need to see it. It's coming together. And for me, it's really kind of relieving because ... it's stuff people should have been seeing for a long time. And I can finally it get out there. I just want people to think."
"Rich, what is coming next?" Beck asked. "What is the one thing that you would say, 'America, you need to know this'?"
Weinstein said Americans need to know that even if they survived the first wave of the Obamacare rollout with their insurance intact, there are measures built into the legislation that won't come into effect for ten or twenty years, and employer-based insurance will be next.
"The Cadillac tax, people think is just for the high-end insurance plans," he said. "But the way Dr. Gruber describes it on video, within a certain period of time, I don't know if he said 10 or 20 years, it's going to hit everybody, and it's targeted at the employer sponsored insurance."
Weinstein said the coming wave of higher premiums and lost plans are structured in a way that you blame the "evil insurance companies," in Gruber's words, not the government that forced them to implement the policies.
The administration and Gruber will deny that they are out to change employer-based health insurance, Weinstein asserted. But he also cautioned that you cannot rely on what they say in speeches -- you must also listen to what they are saying at the universities, at economic forums, and among themselves.
"It's all out there," he said.
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