Obamacare Architect Apologizes: "I Regret Having Made Those Comments"


Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, apologized for comments he made in 2013 that were recently unearthed and went viral on the internet where he said the "lack of transparency" of the Obamacare legislative process made it easy to get the bill passed. Gruber, an MIT professor, also said Obamacare passed due to the "stupidity of the American voter." Here's Gruber making his mea culpa on the Tuesday broadcast of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily:

RONAN FARROW: First of all, you haven't publicly commented on this so far. Do you stand by the comments in that video?

JONATHAN GRUBER: The comments on that video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.

FARROW: But your point that you were making underneath the choice of words was actually quite nuanced. You were saying essentially, correct me if I am wrong, that due to political pressures, the language of Obamacare had to be somewhat opaque, somewhat lacking in transparency, is that correct?

GRUBER: This is something that you've seen actually going back into the Clinton and Bush presidencies which is that public policy that involves spending is typically less political palatable than policy that involves doing things for the tax code. It would have made more sense to do Obamacare the way we did in Massachusetts, which would be to just give people money to offset the cost of their health insurance.

That was politically infeasible and instead it was done through the tax code and that's the only point I was making.

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