Today Nancy Pelosi made a jaw-dropping assertion:
“I don’t know who he is,” Pelosi said of Jonathan Gruber. “He didn’t help write our bill.”
Gruber didn’t just help write Obamacare. He IS Obamacare.
Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself. Far more troubling, however, is the lack of disclosure on the part of the White House, the Senate, the DNC and other Democratic leaders who distributed Gruber’s work and cited it as independent validation of their proposals, orchestrating the appearance of broad consensus when in fact it was all part of the same effort.
The White House is placing a giant collective bet on Gruber’s “assumptions” to justify key portions of the Senate bill such as the “Cadillac tax,” which they allowed people to believe was independent verification. Now that we know that Gruber’s work was not that of an independent analyst but rather work performed as a contractor to the White House and paid for by taxpayers, and economists like Larry Mishel are raising serious questions about its validity, it should be made publicly available so others can judge its merits.
Gruber began negotiating a sole-source contract with the Department of Health and Human Services in February of 2009, for which he was ultimately paid $392,600. The contract called for Gruber to use his statistical model for evaluating alternatives “derived from the President’s health reform proposal.” It was not a research grant, but rather a consulting contract to advise the White House Office of Health Reform, headed by Obama’s health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle, to “develop proposals” for health care reform.
And this comes straight from Pelosi’s office as Speaker of the House:
An analysis of the House bill by noted MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber concludes that the bill would result in lower premiums than under current law for the millions of Americans using the newly-established Health Insurance Exchange – including those who are not receiving affordability credits to help them purchase coverage. (The Health Insurance Exchange is for those without access to affordable employer-sponsored coverage.) As Gruber states: “the premiums that individuals will face in the new exchanges established by this legislation are … considerably lower than what they would face in the non-group insurance market [under current law], due to the market reforms put in place by the House plan, the mandate on individuals to participate regardless of health, and the market economies of new exchanges.”
And now she denies knowing who he is or that he helped write the bill. This is not the first time she’s been delusional. She once promised that Obamacare would provide better care and lower rates for everyone, and then couldn’t remember that either.
It’s hard to imagine someone of sound mind thinking you could make these assertions, which leads to two possible scenarios:
1. She’s mentally ill and is suffering from frontal lobe dementia.
2. She (like her boss) is a pathologic liar.
In either case, Pelosi can no longer be trusted with the business of government and she should resign immediately. No one could really believe Americans could be so stupid as to believe her.
H/T Weasel Zippers
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