Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economics professor who was paid $297,000 as one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act has been omnipresent defending the troubled healthcare plan.
Most recently, he has strongly defended the administration’s position on the Halbig D.C. Circuit Court decision. The problem that now confronts the White House and him, thanks to the magic of recorded video, is that he is on record for making precisely the opposite case. A lot.
Our friends at American Commitment put together this video highlighting the hypocrisy and blatant double-dealing. In a statement to IJReview, Phil Kerpen, the president of American Commitment said in response:
“Jonathan Gruber and the other ObamaCare apologists’ dishonest attacks on conservatives who are asserting the lawful statutory right of states to opt out of Obamacare subsidies and penalties are shameful, willful, and disgusting.
It was always crystal clear that subsidy eligibility required ‘residing in a state that established an exchange.’ Jonathan Gruber stated this fact unequivocally until after the Halbig decision posed a major threat to ObamaCare.
His dishonest attempts to now depict this universally understood provision of the law as a mere ‘typo’ is disgraceful.”
The White House’s response when confronted with this dichotomy was that it was a “mistake.”
Mistake, indeed. In fact, the plaintiffs challenging the IRS rule offering subsidies in federal exchanges appealed to the Supreme Court today — andquoted Gruber in the petition for review!