An article on the front page of today’s New York Times by Robert Pear (@ropear) is winning praise for its comprehensive look at the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case and its conclusion, based on interviews with several legislators, that the four words at the center of the lawsuit that “imperil” the health care law were, in retrospect, “inadvertent,” “inartful,” or “a drafting error.”
One word missing from the New York Times piece, though, is Gruber, as in Jonathan Gruber, who served as the government’s principal expert as the Obamacare legislation moved through the lower courts. Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, writes that Gruber “was caught on tape, not once but twice, expressly explaining states that don’t establish an exchange won’t get subsidies. Oops.”
Don’t forget that Gruber is the man who inspired the term “speak-o,” as in a verbal typo; for example, when he was caught on video admitting that “the stupidity of the American voter” was “really, really critical to getting the thing [Obamacare] to pass.”
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