By now you have probably heard about the videos of Jonathan Gruber, one of chief the architects behind Obamacare, in which he bragged that they were intentionally untruthful to the American public about the nature of the law. He repeatedly attributed this strategy to “the stupidity of the American voter.”
But who exactly could Gruber be talking about? Ever since polling began on the topic, Americans have overwhelmingly opposed the law. Thanks to new media, the internet, and talk radio, Americans had a pretty good idea of how horrible this law was going to be, despite the Democrats’ efforts to sell it as the best thing since Stalin’s five-year plans.
The only “stupid” ones Gruber could be talking about are the low-information-Obama-drone voters who would believe whatever he and the President said. About 35 to 40 percent of Americans have consistently supported the law, while a majority of Americans oppose the law.
Obamacare wasn’t passed because it was crafted behind closed doors or because they fooled the American people. Obamacare was passed because they had the votes. Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency, and no amount of public outrage was going to stop them from passing their takeover of the health care industry.
Obama likes to say that he’s “willing to work with anybody,” but he has demonstrated since the beginning of his presidency that he is loathe to work with anyone that doesn’t completely capitulate to his wishes. There was bipartisan opposition to Obamacare, but Democrats had a large majority in the House of Representatives at the time. The bill survived 34 Democrat defectors, passing by the narrowest of margins: 219-212.
Remember, there was no great public demand for the kind of health care law that was crafted. Outside of the politicians, lobbyists, and other assorted pseudo-intellectuals, there was very little support for a complicated, top-down approach to health care reform. In fact, most studies concluded that the vast majority of Americans, both the insured and the uninsured, were satisfied with their health care.
Meanwhile, the economy was still spinning its wheels on very thin ice. These concerted efforts for increased government control gave rise to the Tea Party movement. It’s no coincidence that the elections after Obamacare’s passage (2010) and after Obamacare’s initial implementation (2014) were wave elections for Republicans.
President Obama has been eager to distance himself from Gruber, insisting the MIT professor was never on “the staff.” However, back in 2009, top Democrats were heralding Gruber as the architect of the law, and he was initially paid $400,000 in taxpayer dollars for his work. The sum total of his various government contracts comes to about six million dollars. White House records show that Gruber has made 19 visits since the start of the Obama presidency. In 2006, Obama admitted that he’s borrowed ideas “liberally” from Gruber in regards to his plan.
Gruber’s comments are important, not because of his admission of deception or the insult itself, but because they reveal the mindset of the DC elitists. Like all good Utopian-Statists, Jonathan Gruber believes he can run your life better than you can. He believes he can make better life choices than you can, or at least more efficient ones. That may mean that a little dash of deception is acceptable, because in the mind of the Statist, the ends justify the means.
Consider the words of Adam Smith, an 18th century Scottish philosopher:
“The man of system. . . is apt to be wise in his own conceit. He seems to imagine he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces of a chess board…”
Gruber, Obama, and the rest of the big government cronies think that we the people are pawns in their little intellectual game of ordering society according to their conceited whims. The truth is that they must employ the clumsy hand of an overbearing government in order to move the pieces.
With millions of Americans facing cancellations, and millions more seeing rising rates, we’re just beginning to see what a mess they’ve made. Perhaps Mark Levin said it best in Ameritopia:
“The mastermind is driven by his own boundless conceit and delusional aspirations, which he self-identifies as a noble calling. He is, in his own mind, a savior of mankind, if only man will bend to his will. The mastermind is served by an enthusiastic intelligentsia or ‘experts’ professionally engaged in developing and spreading utopian fantasies . . . They are posers to knowledge they do not and cannot possess.”