Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber came under fire years ago when he famously said Congress relied on the “stupidity of the American voter” to pass Obamacare.Whether it be promises that we could keep our plans and doctors if we liked them, that our premiums would decrease, and that 28 million additional would be insured in the process, the promises certainly seemed fantastic. Of course, as all of us know, when something is too good to be true, it truly is. Especially when it comes to government.
Gruber is back in the public eye after it was revealed we’d be seeing an average of 25 percent increases in premiums for plans supplied through Obamacare next year. Needless to say, healthcare reform is now in dire need of healthcare reform — but even a “stupid American voter” should be able to see the problem with Gruber’s latest solution.As Breitbart reported: On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” MIT Economics Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber argued that “The law is working as designed. However, it could work better.”
No kidding. So what is his solution? Just make it even more expensive for people who don’t purchase insurance, of course!
“And I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that, we need a larger mandate penalty.”And what of those who are paying the ObamaCare penalty because they can’t afford insurance, and it’s simply cheaper for them to pay the penalty? They still don’t have insurance – and now have to pay even more for nothing.
Gruber said, “Obamacare’s not imploding. The main goal of Obamacare was two-fold. One was to cover the uninsured, of which we’ve covered 20 million, the largest expansion in American history. The other was to fix broken insurance markets where insurors could deny people insurance just because they were sick or they had been sick. Those have been fixed, and for the vast majority of Americans, costs in those markets have come down, thanks to the subsidies made available under Obamacare.”
When asked about the 22% Obamacare premium increases, Gruber stated, “the 22% increase, let’s remember who that applies to. That applies to a very small fraction of people, who have to buy insurance without the subsidies that are available. 85% of people buying insurance on the exchanges get subsidies. And for those people, this premium increase doesn’t affect them. Now, for those remaining people, that is a problem, and that’s something that we need to address, but it’s not a crisis. It doesn’t mean the system’s collapsing. And most importantly, it doesn’t affect the 150 million Americans who get employer insurance, who have actually seen their premiums fall dramatically, relative to what was expected before Obamacare.”Well, he’s right that those premium increases don’t affect those who are heavily subsidized, but it’s still no free lunch. The taxpayer has to pick up the bill.
Gruber later stated that there was “no sense in which” the law “has to be fixed. The law is working as designed.”
Maybe the law truly is working as designed. Liberals never let a crisis go to waste, and with Obama recently analyzing Obamacare to a “starter home” before you move onto something better, it’s hard not to believe that liberals will try to morph the failure of Obamacare into a program with even more government control.To quote a writer at Zero Hedge, if Obamacare is a starter home, Republicans should bring a bulldozer.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]