Monday, January 18, 2016

Jonathan Gruber, architect of ACA Obamacare, Romneycare

"He has been described as a key architect[2] of both the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, sometimes referred to as "Romneycare", and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as the "ACA" and "Obamacare". He became the focus of a media and political firestorm in late 2014 when videos surfaced in which he made controversial statements about the legislative process, marketing strategies, and public perception surrounding the passage of the ACA." From Wikipedia: Jonathan Gruber (economist)

Related articles:

"Gruber sparked a firestorm last month when several videos surfaced in which he called American voters “stupid,” suggesting that a “lack of transparency” in the Affordable Care Act contributed to passage of the law. Critics of the ACA, who called Gruber the "architect" of the health care law, seized on the comments to call into question the law’s validity, while Obamacare supporters distanced themselves from Gruber and widely disparaged his remarks." Read the article: Jonathan Gruber: ‘I am embarrassed, and I am sorry’ by Jose A. DelReal, Washington Post, December 9, 2014

"Unlike some other commentators, I don’t really blame mainstream media outlets, such as the Post, for running with the Gruber story. News is news, after all—even when, as in this case, it’s not very new at all. But a legitimate news story for political reporters to pursue isn’t the same thing as a genuine scandal, which, for example, is what the Bush Administration’s deliberate mis-marketing of the Iraq-war resolution amounted to. If ever there were a classic case of Grubering, that is it. Republican efforts to tar the Obama Administration haven’t come close to meeting such a standard, and Grubergate, although it’s providing conservatives with endless amusement and causing the Administration a good deal of embarrassment, is ultimately another dud." Read the article: The Real Lessons of “Gruber-gate” by John Cassidy, November 18, 2014, The New Yorker

"Both political parties use all sorts of fiscal illusions to deceive voters. Deficit spending, the Social Security trust fund, and the Medicare trust fund are fiscal illusions with bipartisan pedigrees. Republicans and Democrats use fiscal illusions to hide the largest financial costs of armed conflict (veterans’ benefits). They collude to hide what economists call the “deadweight loss” of taxation." Read the article: Grubergate Part 1: 'The Stupidity Of The American Voter' by Michael F. Cannon, Nov. 30, 2014, Forbes