Posted by Curt on 14 November, 2014 at 11:45 am. 2 comments already!


David Weigel:

The hunt for damaging videos of Jonathan Gruber has gained momentum all week. Rich Weinstein’s scoop of Gruber discussing the passage of the Affordable Care Act was so rich with themes, so attackable, that any old clip of Gruber seeming to dismiss the intelligence of critics is now fair game. Yesterday, CNN found 2010 footage of Gruber arguing that “quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured,” and that Democrats needed to be clever in how they sold the law. Today,’s Bruce Parker has produced more recent footage, from 2011, of Gruber laughing off a criticism of Vermont’s plan to use the ACA as a ramp to single-payer health care.

The latter video, shot by TrueNorthReports and left to molder on YouTube, captures the chairman of the Vermont House’s health committee reading a “commentator” worry about single-payer.

“Any Hasio-Gruber type healthcare mega-system will inevitably lead to coercive mandates, ballooning costs, increased taxes, bureaucratic outrages, shabby facilities, disgruntled providers, long waiting lines, lower quality care, special interest nest-feathering, and destructive wage and price controls,” says the legislator.

The roomful of spectators laugh at that. Gruber leans in with a joke: “Was this written by my adolescent children by any chance?”


According to Parker, the un-named commentator was actually a retired state senator. That’s ironic: The reason this video stings is that Gruber is currently working for Vermont as a consultant helping to implement the state’s health care plan. The governor’s office confirmed to me that Gruber is still on the job; he’s been consulting for the state, in one capacity or another, to the tune of $400,000. He joined a larger effort to produce studies for the state and confirm that single-payer would work.

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