This week the left is in an uproar over the 2-1 Halbig v Burwell ruling by the DC circuit Court of Appeals, invalidating subsidies to federally run health insurance exchanges.
Last Tuesday, Jonathan Gruber, the Architect of Obamacare proclaimed that the sentence “established by the states” was a typo.
Chris, it is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states. And why would they? Look, the law says that people are only subject to the mandate if they can afford insurance, if it`s less than 8 percent of their income. If you get rid of these subsidies, 99 percent of the people who would get subsidies can no longer afford insurance, so you destroy the mandate. Why would Congress set up the mandate and go through all that political battle to allow it to be destroyed? It`s just simply a typo, and it`s really criminal that this has even made it as far as it has.
Now, watch what Jonathan Gruber had to say in 2012 in this video from legal insurrection:
What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country.
I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.
Here’s the real kicker, not only was the man paid $400,000 by the administration in consulting fees by the administration, the man signed an amicus brief in defense of the IRS rule providing subsidies to states without exchanges.
Don’t these people know we live in the video age?
Yeah, I know…they’re Democrats. They can say anything. The media won’t call them out on it. I can only hope more people are paying attention to these things than the media would like us to believe.