CBS Evening News reporter Wyatt Andrews said that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s remarks on the health care law have become so toxic that “embarrassed Democrats” are distancing themselves from him, while Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has “turned Gruber into a stranger.”
Andrews called Gruber “an intellectual architect of Obamacare,” who at a conference last year said that the law was written to hide crucial details from an American public too dumb to understand.
Those remarks “embarrassed” Democrats, who “quickly distanced themselves from Gruber,” according to Andrews. House Minority Leader Pelosi said that she didn’t know who he was, but Mediaite points out that she had a lengthy blog post on her website in December 2009 citing Gruber’s analysis of Obamacare, and C-SPAN has a clip from a November 13, 2009 press conference where Pelosi cites Gruber’s work. Oops!
The White House has stated that Gruber never worked for them. President Obama described him as “some advisor who never worked on our staff.” Yet the administration paid him almost $393,000 for technical advice in drafting the law, while various states paid him $1.6 million for consulting on their health care bills. All told, according to The Daily Caller , Gruber has collected close to $6 million from various governmental entities since 2000.
Gruber’s comments couldn’t have come at a worse time for Obama, as he is reeling from the midterm election drubbing that shifted control of the Senate to the Republicans, plus the fact that Obamacare is already under fire for projected lower enrollment and higher premiums this year than were originally predicted.
Obama may deny that he misled the public on Obamacare, but Gruber’s comments tell a far different story.