It’s bad enough to be called stupid – but then for someone to say they’re glad you’re stupid so they can pull things over on you? That’s just insulting.

And insulted is how every American should feel when they hear the comments made by Jonathan Gruber, an economist from MIT who helped write the Obamacare law.

They weren’t supposed to get out into the public hearing, but now they finally have.

Take a look:

Some choice excerpts:

This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not square the mandate as taxes. If CBO squares the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.

Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.

…and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.

It’s a very clever, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.

This reveals a lot about the mindset behind our government healthcare law and the people who wrote and pushed it.

The big government crowd is convinced they know what is right for everyone, and arrogantly think ordinary people don’t know what’s in their own best interests. But they also know that people won’t readily sign away control of their lives. We are made to love freedom! So they have to lie, manipulate, and bribe the American people to get their way. That’s why they had to deliberately write this law in such a deceptive manner. If more people knew what was really in Obamacare, it never would have been allowed to pass.

Also curious is just how long Gruber’s comments took to get out to the public. He made these comments in an academic conference over a year ago. It took one ordinary citizen to find the video and post it online for the story to go viral – one citizen whose health insurance was yanked after the ACA passed, incidentally.

Richard Weinstein believed Obama when he promised he could keep his plan. When the promise turned out to be false, he decided to do something about it. “I’m watching the news, and at that time I was thinking: Hey, the administration was not telling people the truth, and the media was doing nothing!”

He started his own investigation, digging around on what self-proclaimed architects of the law had said about it. And boy, did he hit gold.

The first video to make waves was about state versus federal exchanges and subsidies (the very issue that is now going before the Supreme Court). Gruber explained how the bill was designed to work:

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.

Even after the videos hit the internet, the mainstream media certainly didn’t jump on the story. Weinstein says this is another thing about the whole debacle that he finds troubling:

It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is. I really do find this disturbing.

Now that he’s embarrassed them, we get to watch Nancy Pelosi and the White House deny that Jonathan Gruber was even a part of Obamacare.

But we won’t buy it. Because we’re not stupid.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

2 Responses

  1. Mary Crum

    i knew from the very beginning, before he was elected, that his ACA was a scam. People have no idea the danger they are in with this so called health care. It is a disaster and people will be neglected and many will die. This ACA better be destroyed and buried deep. I can still hear Pelosi say, ” Let’s pass it and then find out what is in it.” Most if not all of Congress never read it and yet it was voted in. That is total irresponsibility.

  2. Alex Lindquist

    We have not been called stupid per say but it has been taken as a truth by ALL Politicians back to pre-Constitution days. How ever the current administration has taken ALL Americans as stupid. I wish we would have a line on vote ballots saying NONE OF THE ABOVE to show them our REAL stupidity.
    The rules of office for congress are made to keep the Abraham Lincolns and all other good people out of Congress so mostly we have rich people trying to get richer at the cost of we the people, not all fit this category but enough to Have the rise and fall of the United States as a new book of history in the not to distant future.
    They feel if I say there is no God then there is no God. Wake up America, when you die and the first thing you see is someone holding a book with a title “Where you screwed up” and a lump is in your throat there will be no mercy for you; so don’t ask for it. Your punishment will be eternal.
    We turn our back to God, we screw We the People, we get rich, we gain power, we screw other people, we gain more power, we get even richer, and we screw even God. There will be an accounting from We the People if not here then on the day of punishment and you can’t lie and say well, I was at a place I could call voters stupid but if I knew they were going to find out about it I would have created a better lie. like we did with the “Prez”. That man does not deserve the title President, he has turned the oval office into one of the 3 rings of the circus he’s running. After all we are to stupid to realize that fact.
    Watch him like a hawk, LIKE A HAWK!!


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