MIT economist Jonathan Gruber (an architect of Obamacare) has emerged in a handful of videos insulting the American public. In one video, Gruber discusses how voters’ “lack of economic understanding” enabled a politically unpopular tax on “Cadillac” health plans to be included in the Affordable Care Act. Instead of taxing individual plan holders directly, Gruber suggests taxing companies providing the plans who then pass these extra costs on to the consumer. Gruber, on a separate occasion, suggests that Obamacare passed because “American people are too stupid to understand the difference” between a tax break and a tax. In another video, Gruber states that if voters understood that that healthy people would pay in and sick people would get the money, the law never would have passed. ACA proponents used this lack of transparency and what Professor Gruber calls “the stupidity of the American voter” to their advantage. Americans “want transparency” and “to be treated with respect,” says Senator-elect Thom Tillis (R-NC).
Tapper, Jake. “Third video emerges of Obamacare architect insulting voters.” Politics. CNN, 13 Nov 2014. Web. 20 Nov 2014.