Another video has surfaced (via American Commitment) which purports to be from October of last year, and this one’s a doozy:
This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you get a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in — you made explicit that healthy people were gonna pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.
Just like, people… lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically — you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever — but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. And you know, it’s the second best argument. Look, I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.
We’d like to say that’s unbelievable, but it really isn’t. But that doesn’t make it any less maddening.
Perhaps we should at least appreciate the refreshing honesty contained in the admission that the stated goal of “historic levels of transparency” was a huge lie, among other things: