In 2012, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was recorded saying states that didn’t establish their own exchanges would not receive federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. That claim falls in line with a recent court ruling which found that subsidies in the federal Obamacare exchange are illegal.
Gruber now claims that he made a “mistake” and misspoke at the time:
Jonathan Gruber tells TNR he doesn't believe what he said on Ocare exchanges in 2012: 'I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake.'
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 25, 2014
Gruber responds, via TNR: "Congress made a mistake drafting the law and I made a mistake talking about it." http://t.co/pupHMJS0hg
— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) July 25, 2014
Within the span of a week Democrats have blamed an unfavorable court ruling on a “typo” in the Obamacare bill, and one of its architects has claimed he misspoke about exchange subsidies. That’s a lot of “mistakes,” isn’t it?
Gruber claimed that he made a “speak-o,” which is apparently the verbal version of a typo. No, seriously, that’s what he said:
Gruber explains: "My subsequent statement was just a speak-o—you know, like a typo." http://t.co/VQJqq54qaY
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 25, 2014
Gruber et al. were up all night trying to forge a sophisticated explanation for that video, and the best they can do is “speak-o”
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 25, 2014
"Speak-o" is the new "I lied to my diary"
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) July 25, 2014
Doesn’t this all pump everybody full of confidence? Er, not really:
.@petersuderman Here's a thought: In the future, let's keep these fools away from healthcare.
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) July 25, 2014
So the important thing is stupid people designed ObamaCarehttps://t.co/mbUDBtyx0g
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) July 25, 2014
The left's narrative today that congress is just really really stupid puts lots of confidence in us letting them run healthcare
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) July 25, 2014