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Will Gruber Ruin the Romney Revival?

MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare whose comments disparaging Americans as stupid have gone viral, may not just be helping topple his own creation. He might also short-circuit the political revival of the man he worked with on a similar scheme, Mitt Romney, who was assisted by Gruber in creating Romneycare.

The avalanche of Gruber videos may remind people of Romney’s biggest weakness – that he did Obamacare before Obama did it.

Speaking in November 2011, as the GOP primaries were about to begin, Gruber charged that Romney’s efforts to distinguish Romneycare from Obamacare were fakery:

The problem is there is no way to say that. Because they’re the same fucking bill. He just can’t have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it’s the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he’s just lying. The only big difference is he didn’t have to pay for his. Because the federal government paid for it. Where at the federal level, we have to pay for it, so we have to raise taxes.

Influential conservative radio host Mark Levin made the connection between Gruber and Romney just the other evening:

I wanna remind all of you Romney synchofants who want Romney to run again, including Romney, this man was also the architect of Romneycare . . . Romney used this professor before Obmama did. Sorry – sorry to burst some people’s bubbles.”

In the video below, Gruber offers up some more damaging information for Romney. Ever the cynic, Gruber proudly asserts that the Massachusetts plan was a “rip off” of the federal government, which he suggests was conned into paying for it. Romney, he indicates, was complicit in the scheme:

The dirty secret in Massachusetts is the feds paid for our bill, OK? In Massachusetts, we had a very powerful Senator you may know named Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy had basically figured out – Ted Kennedy and smart people in Massachusetts – had basically figured out a way to rip off the Feds for $400 million a year.

The Bush administration said, ‘Wait a second, why are we doing this favor to a Democrat? We’re going to take it away.’ The Romney administration, to their credit, went to the Bush administration and said, ‘Wait a second, if we can keep this money and use it to cover the uninsured, will you let us keep it?’ The Bush administration, to their credit, said, ‘sure.’ And that became the financial basis for our transformation in Massachusetts.

The comment begins at about the 12 minute mark.

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49 Responses to Will Gruber Ruin the Romney Revival?

  1. Well, that would be one good thing to come out of Gruber. Add to that: Romney already has proven he won’t go for the jugular, a necessity in 2016.

  2. On the same day the video came out, Greta mentioned, as an aside, that Goober was also one of the architects of RomneyCare. Sure sounded like a leak to me. However, the ramifications for Obama and the pending SCOTUS case would be greater than any damage to Romney should he decide to run. Romney has always been willing to discuss the mistakes he made with RomneyCare. He even called the WH before the ACA was passed to warn them of the pitfalls. He never got a call back.

    Obama has been linking O/C to R/C for the last few years… and as recently as two weeks ago when he referred to the individual mandate as being a carbon copy of R/C. I hope everything backfires on him – he is the dirtiest, sleaziest, smarmiest politician in history.

  3. Romney started it. Bush did it too. Reagan is responsible. Lincoln started this whole mess. And George Washington should have stayed down on the farm so we can still have palimentary rule.
    So, here we go again, the Dems pointing fingers at some Repub who did the same or similiar terrible thing as if it somehow makes what they did okay.
    News flash for the Dems! It’s not OK if someone did something wrong before you did the same thing.

  4. One single amendment to the Constitution fixes it all:

    In addition to the qualifications for Congress outlined in Article 1, Sections 2 and 3, Clauses 2 and 3 all members must first have at least Six (6) years experience in one:
    Employed by a private business or corporation
    Self-employed business owner
    Member in good standing in or honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States.

    Liberal elites who have never worked a day in their lives other than to collect a paycheck from the taxpayer are destroying this nation. Period. Full Stop

    • LOL! Are you saying ‘community organizing’ is not a business or a corporation, GC? I read somewhere that Obama’s highest yearly income during those organizing days was $12,000. And it probably came from the govt. welfare agency.

      Also read (I think it was in the Obama File) that when the Obama’s were first married, they lived with Mrs. Robinson for several years in her one bedroom apt. upstairs in the Auntie’s house. Also read that Michelle and her brother shared a make-shift bedroom in the living room until the brother left for college.
      They’re all making up for lost time now!

    • I would really like to see a tradition of the President having military service restored although I wouldn’t go for a Constitutional amendment. In some cases, it might be impossible, but I have to tell you that I am happy that Joni Ernst has so much military experience. She puts Hillary Clinton’s argument that she is qualified to be Commander in Chief to shame.

      • …I think the only people who should be allowed to “vote” are:
        1. US Veterans
        2. ‘Citizens’ who have taken & passed a Basic US Civics-Current Events test (high school level)

        Many of my friends & family who dont care about current events or politics or vote always have questions and complain about what is going on; I ask them what they think about: “__news issue__”…
        They have no idea what Im talking about/care, they try to parrot some news thing they saw somewhere.

  5. Christians by the thousands and maybe millions did not vote for Romney because they could not vote for a Mormon. It is a big issue. I am a Jack Mormon and my christian friends did not vote for him as they view Mormons as a Cult.
    Romney has been tried and found wanting. Its time for something better for all.
    I voted for Romney and he would have been a good or even great president compared to the joke in office now.

  6. Romney…go away.

    You screwed up in 2012 not going after the Neo-Socialist ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ and his sycophants in the “media” and the a–holes in the US Congress.
    Obama is an evil bastard and Romney DID NOTHING to call him out in 2012.
    I am so sick of Romney playing ‘nice guy’… Just go away, Romney you had a chance and you FAILED.

    • I still am upset by the debate. I was in tears the night that he just BACKED OFF.
      I am so tired of people in office backing off. Just now I heard a discussion regarding the illegal issue. o not enforcing the law, and making up new law regarding SS#, etc.
      I mentioned yesterday, everyone is tip toeing around everything, because its o.
      If he gets away with this. What else is he going to do?

      • Why can WE lowly Patriots & Citizens ask better questions and demand answers than any of these useless ‘republicans’ in the US Govt…? and the useless, biased sycophants that make up the “media”…?

    • They are discussing Grueber on the Five:
      Bob just stated:
      As bad as all this appeared I don’t think people are glued to their TV set.
      After that comment, I turned off the TV. That is a poor excuse for the American Citizens having this o care shoved down our throats. Our pocket book, lost job, lost insurance, higher insurance, etc. etc. etc, don’t seem that bad now that Bob said no one is glued to the TV.

      • Sadly, I must remind myself of this all the time. When I get all worked up over important issues like ObummerCare and amnesty and I wonder where the hell is the outrage, I have to remember that even though Fox beats all the other cable news channels combined, their shows get two to three million viewers at best. That’s not even one percent of the country! This is how Obummer got re-elected in 2012. No one was even paying attention to the damage he was inflicting on this country. Most people just don’t even think about news and politics, believe it or not. Unfortunately, we all pay for it when the uninformed and disinterested go out and vote.

  7. I knew that Romney was like Obama and so did many others. That’s why he lost last time around, and will lose if he runs again. Nice liberal choice; Obama lite.

  8. Gruber neglected to tell the rest of the story. That Romney VETOED the Mass bill after it was manipulated by Gruber and Kennedy. His veto was overruled by the democrats in the legislature.

  9. What the Honest Man (Gruber) brought to light is the difference in Romneycare and Obamacare.
    Romney had a fund of $400,000 that was created by Ted Kennedy to support the program. Obama only has taxpayer $$$$.

  10. “Will Gruber Ruin the Romney Revival?”

    Well, we can dream – can’t we?

    Mitt = Good and capable man. Horrible candidate. Sorry….

    Lacks the willingness to roll in the mud. It will be much, much worse against the HillBillies.

    Cruz it or lose it…