He did it again! On Tuesday's The Kelly File host Megyn Kelly introduced a second video of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber explaining the semantical manipulation done to fool "stupid" American voters about Obamacare, "Pretty much the same thing but why did it matter? Well you’ll see they imposed a tax, Americans are too stupid to understand to understand the difference.”
Gruber was referring to the so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-end health plans and how it was designed. Instead of taxing policy holders, the plan taxed the insurance companies that offered them and the costs would be passed along to the consumer. He suggested that taxing individuals would have been politically unpalatable, but taxing the companies worked because Americans didn't understand the difference.
Kelly played a short clip of the Gruber speech (above). The full one-hour-plus talk can be seen here.
The Kelly Files transcript follow:
Kelly: Today, Mr. Gruber who declined our invitation to explain his remarks here on The Kelly File, went on to watch a little-watched daytime broadcast on MSNBC to say that his remarks were spontaneous and careless.
Gruber on Ronan Farrow program: The comment and the video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately. And I regret having made those comments.
Kelly: It was off the cuff. He didn't mean it. But now, tonight, more video has surfaced showing this was not the first time Mr. Gruber called the American people stupid in an off the cuff remark. In this next clip, from, also last year, Mr. Gruber explains how Democrats played with the language of the Obamacare law so that it achieved their goals, by again, fooling the stupid public.
Second Gruber video: “Pretty much the same thing but why did it matter? Well you’ll see they imposed a tax, Americans are too stupid to understand to understand the difference.”
Kelly: Too stupid to understand. Hours ago, the White House, distancing itself from Mr. Gruber by refusing to give any on-the-record response to his comments, but that wasn't the White House attitude when it was selling the health care law. In fact, the White House could not get enough of Jonathan Gruber. By 2010, the administration had paid Mr. Gruber nearly $400,000 for his expertise. So White House dedicated a webpage to his health care analysis. White House visitor logs reportedly show senior officials there at the White House had a dozen meetings with health care advisers, including Gruber. And one of those meetings with Mr. Gruber was personally chaired by the President in the Oval Office. And here's how one top Democrat described Gruber at the time.
Sen. Max Baucus: The Congressional Budget Office and Professor Gruber are both credible and unbiased sources, were not bought and sold by the insurance industry.
Kelly: Boy, they love him. They loved him back then.