"It's a very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter." At least this time Jonathan Gruber didn't call American voters stupid. The latest video is from a November 5, 2012 speech at Rhode Island University.
A first video surfaced of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, talking about the healthcare bill being written in vague fashion to fool stupid American voters. After the video went viral, Gruber appeared on MSNBC with Ronan Farrow and said, "I was speaking off the cuff and I spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments."
But it wasn't the only time Gruber talked about fooling Americans. Tuesday evening Megyn Kelly broadcast a second video. This time Professor Gruber was talking about how the Cadillac Tax was imposed on the insurance companies to be passed along to voters: "Americans are too stupid to understand the difference," said Gruber.
Video number three is from a speech at the University of Rhode Island in November 2012, and at this point in the speech Jonathan Gruber is talking about the Cadillac tax again. This time he talks about then Senator, now Secretary of State John Kerry helping him get the tax through so they could take advantage of the economically unsophisticated American voter (listen to the first 3:33 of the video above).
I have been making this speech for twelve years and people would come up to me and say, but wait a second, you're going to tax my heath insurance? And I'd say, no, no, no! We're going to give tax subsidies on your health insurance. And they'd go you're going to tax my heath insurance? And you just can't get through; it's politically impossible. So despite the fact we thought we might get this as part of the law, it was going to be dead.
Until a second Massachusetts hero arose, John Kerry. John Kerry said no, no we're not going to tax your heath insurance, we're going to tax those evil insurance companies. We're going to impose a tax that if they sell health insurance that's too expensive, we're going to tax them. And conveniently the tax rate will happen to be the marginal tax rate on the income tax code. So basically it's the same thing: we just tax insurance companies, they pass on higher prices that offsets the tax break we get into being the same thing. It's a very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.