Now enter Jonathan Cohn of TNR.
Cohn has long been a direct conduit for Obamacare spin from Gruber. As a result, Cohn pitches himself as a true expert on Obamacare, one of the few people who followed every zig and zag of the law as it moved through the legislative process. He then uses this authority-by-osmosis to bash the notion that Obamacare prohibits federal subsidies from flowing through federal exchanges. And how does Cohn describe Gruber? Why, as Obamacare's architect. Over and over and over again. It's almost as if Cohn had a keyboard macro specifically designed to refer to MIT economist Jonathan Gruber as Obamacare�s architect. Let's take a look back at a few of the different ways Cohn described Gruber before the Halbig/King/Burwell unpleasantness began.
On May 21, 2010, in an article entitled "How They Did It," here's how Cohn described Gruber:
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, one of the plan's architects, led a group of center-left intellectuals who hyped the experiment�s success and touted it as a model for national action in articles, speeches, and consultation with prominent Democratic Party politicians.
Or take this passage by Cohn from May 21, 2012:
I'll have more to say about Massachusetts and, in particular, the cost control efforts later in the week. But for now I'll leave you with the verdict of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was a key architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare[.] Here's how Cohn described Gruber in an article from January 30, 2014:
For many people, the Patient CARE Act really would mean cheaper insurance, just like the proposal�s champions say. But that�s because there'd be less security. "It doesn't work if you're poor or if you're sick--other than that, it's ok," quips Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and Obamacare architect.
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