There is an interesting You Tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G790p0LcgbI) of an Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, pointing out the necessity of making the Affordable [sic] Care Act confusing and non-transparent. He espouses the lack of transparency as “a huge political advantage.”
Gruber, a Harvard-trained economics professor at MIT, was a “key architect of Massachusetts’ healthcare reform” and helped implement it. From 2009-2010, he worked with the Obama administration and Congress to develop the Obamacare bill.
His hubris matches our Arrogant in Chief perfectly. He admit that, if the actual consequences of the law had been know, “…it would not have passed.”
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed.”
The smarter MIT professor says, “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever. That was really critical in getting this thing to pass.”
Since the end justifies the means, “Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” Just like all progressives, he knows what we need better than we do.
Oddly, the confused Congressional Budget Office gave inaccurate estimates of the consequences of the bill, because they felt the required health coverage was a mandate, not a tax. Chief Justice John Roberts thought it was constitutional because it was a tax. How perplexing!
Keep the ignorant people in the dark: socialism at its best!