President Obama isn't the one only firing back at MIT professor and health care reform architect Jonathan Gruber for controversial remarks he made about Obamacare. Gruber said the "stupidity of the American voter" was a "huge political advantage" for the otherwise unpopular health care overhaul.
Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod wrote what appears to be a taunt about Gruber in a Sunday tweet:
"As one who worked hard to make A[ffordable] C[are] A[ct] and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.
As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 16, 2014
Earlier today, Obama flatly rejected Gruber's comments, saying the MIT professor "was never on our staff." The president also made clear he completely disagrees with Gruber's remarks, noting they are "not a reflection on the actual process that was run."
Gruber made the explosive comments last year at the Annual Health Economists' Conference, but they were uncovered only last week.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,” Gruber said.
Lack of transparency, he added, was a huge political advantage for the highly unpopular health care reform bill: "Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass."
Gruber also noted it was better for the American people to be saddled with a law they don’t understand than to understand the law and rally against it.
“Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not,” Gruber said.
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