Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is playing the blame game once again, telling Fox News’s Chris Wallace that the failures of the Affordable Care Act are all President Trump’s fault.
That’s a much different take than Gruber touted last year when he said the law was “working as designed.” In the same breath, however, Gruber also admitted, “This law was never supposed to help everybody.” Gruber, the man who said American voters are too stupid to make decisions on their own, has feverishly defended the ACA since it passed despite the fact that premiums have risen, health insurers have bailed, and patients have lost their doctors and plans. Premiums went up 24% last year and the average number of insurers has dropped in the last two years from 5.9 to 3.9 in each marketplace. So, even though it’s working “as designed,” suddenly, Gruber has stopped defending and is casting blame on anyone but himself. He said on Fox News Sunday:
“Look, and who’s fault is this? Before President Trump was elected there were no counties in America that did not have an insurer. Since President Trump’s been elected, and massively created uncertainty…”
Wallace interrupted, calling him out on the absurdity of blaming Trump for Obamacare’s failures. But Gruber continued:
“We had a situation under Obamacare where there was a one-time premium increase last year that made up for the fact that insurers massively underpriced in the first two years. The problem was fixed. Profits were trending positively. Insurers were saying positive things about their ability to stay in the exchange to succeed. Then, you have a president who comes in, undercuts open enrollment, doesn’t honor the obligations this law makes to insurers, and as a result, premiums are going up and insurers are exiting.”
Another guest on Wallace’s show was Karl Rove, who brought his white board in to take apart Gruber’s claims. Rove wrote down four things Gruber has blamed Obamacare’s failures on in the last week alone and easily dismantled each one. That segment is in the above video.
It seems Gruber can't accept the reality that he's largely responsible for Obamacare's failures and that inconvenient fact has turned him from architect to apologist to accuser. Now, it’s everyone’s fault but his own.
Legal Insurrection posted the following video to recap all of this #Grubering: