Obamacare hasn’t caused Americans enough heartache. Now it is reported Wednesday by Politico Magazine the Obama administration may have known all along that the bill/law was illegal. Since the recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Obamacare's illegality, the perception takes on a whole new light.
The court ruling in Halbig v. Burwell says volumes. “The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) does not allow for Obamacare to provide subsidized health insurance for the 5 million Americans living in the 36 states using the federal healthcare website, HealthCare.gov.”
The ruling continues that the legislation stipulated subsidies would be extended only to those who enroll through an exchange "established by the State." That final statement says it all about the controversial bill passed with zero Republican votes in 2010.
Jonathan Gruber, the main strategist behind the ACA legislation, leads the entire Obama administration by insisting that Congress never intended to withhold subsidies from residents of states that did not choose to set up their own exchanges. Really? That curious remark was made after the court ruling.
Gruber is an MIT economist who should know better and most likely does. He describes the court ruling as "implausible," "screwy," "nutty," and "stupid." All further proof of the Obama administration’s disdain for the rule of law in this country.
Is anybody getting angry yet? If not, here’s more: A 2012 video has surfaced MIT economist Gruber told an audience, "If you're a state and you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits."
Has the Obama administration come to this? Need more proof of the administration’s arrogance? Yet another 2012 recording has shown attempting to "squeeze" the states into establishing their own exchanges, according to Politico.
The publication commented, "When the chief architect of the Affordable Care Act admits it withholds tax credits in uncooperative states, that establishes that the plaintiffs' interpretation of the statute in Halbig was not only plausible but that it had currency among the law's authors."
Naturally, although there is taped proof of his comments, Gruber has attempted to back step his comments saying they were "speak-o." It makes you wonder what his opinion on average Americans is as yet another Obama Ivy League White House official. You wonder if Gruber has ever ventured west of Boston.
Politico says, "To claim Gruber didn't know what he was saying is as absurd as saying a conductor might fail to notice that the brass section suddenly stopped playing. Gruber's comments raise questions about whether this (correct) interpretation of the law was also understood by the members of Congress and administration officials Gruber advised. They also corroborate other evidence showing that the administration was aware it was breaking the law all along."
The American people can weigh in on the politicians who voted for Obamacare, and those supporting it, this November 4th. In the meantime, watching supporters of the law being interviewed through the media is the equivalent of watching the perverbial rats departing the ship - quickly.
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