More on Gruber and Obamacare
Specifically: in 2009--just a month after President Obama took office--the Department of Health and Human Services put out a sole-source solicitation titled "Technical Assistance in Evaluating Options for Health Reform." The contract would be with Gruber, who the document said was the only person "reasonably available to satisfy agency requirements."
"Sole-source" contracts are a giant red flag: They mean the government agency has *directed* that one and only one entity will get the contract. They suggest a fix is in, that the government wants a specific outcome and know who to hire to get it.
Team Obama knew that Gruber knew how to game the CBO's scoring system to make a proposal look less costly than it really was.
And it turns out Obamacare made Gruber a multimillionaire, at taxpayers' expense.
At the University of Pennsylvania last year Gruber was caught on video saying that the details of Obamacare were hidden until Team Obama was able to ram the bill through the Democrat-controlled congress without giving anyone a chance to actually read the whole bill. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” said Gruber. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever. But basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
Now it has emerged that Gruber has gotten quite rich courtesy of those “stupid” American voters. First there's the $297,600 that the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to sing the praises of the health care scheme. Officially, he was paid only to “analyze various health care reform proposals and identify cost and coverage implications.”
Predictably, after the bill was nefariously rammed into law, several states began throwing huge amounts of taxpayer money at Mr. Gruber in return for cookie-cutter reports describing the likely impact of Obamacare on each contracting state.
Minnesota, for example, used federal Obamacare grants to pay the lying sack of Gruber $329,000 to attend one meeting, participate in a biweekly email list and print a copy of the report.
Wisconsin paid him $400,000 for the same material, requested by the office of then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. Vermont is paying him another $400,000. Such a deal!
West Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Oregon have also paid Gruber for the same service. The money bought lies and deception. That’s Mr. Gruber’s characterization, not ours. “If you had a law which made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get money,” said Mr. Gruber, “it would not have passed.”
Let's play that again: The language of the bill that became Obamacare carefully--deliberately-- avoided explaining what should have been obvious to everyone: That the proposed law would take money from healthy middle-class taxpayers to pay the medical bills of sick people who previously wouldn't have been able to afford health insurance. And to add insult to injury, those who would benefit from the deal would pay nothing for their insurance, which would be paid for by taxpayers.
Socialism, pure and simple. Such a deal!
Of course *all* insurance is based on the principle of collecting premiums from healthy policy-holders to pay the costs of people who get sick. This is not a revelation. The twist was forcing taxpayers to pay for the insurance of people who don't make any money.
Now if Democrats can manage to convince a majority of voters that this is a great idea, fine. But the notion of lying to make it appear as though the bill wouldn't do what it clearly would do strikes me as fraud, pure and simple.
This strikes me as impeachable. But then I'm just an average poor, hard-working taxpayer. I have no voice in government, since my vote is rendered useless by lies from people like Gruber. Lies uttered to advance a so-called "greater good" perhaps, but lies nevertheless.
Finally, a compilation of Gruber lying, lying, lying.
This lying sack of shit is what inflicted Obamacare on you. Well, this and Democrat majorities in both houses of congress.